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Psychology (Bachelor of Science)*

Degree Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DAI
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Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program will receive a core first year of natural science courses, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and psychology with their second year reserved for foundational psychology courses.

General information

*Pending ministry approval

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Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program will receive a core first year of natural science courses, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and psychology with their second year reserved for foundational psychology courses. Students will also be required to take a number of additional science electives in their upper years of study. This program will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue studies in the cognitive and biological underpinnings of human behaviour.

Students will receive a solid foundation in research methods and statistics as well as highly marketable skills in a variety of tech-focused domains. The knowledge students will gain from this program will put them in a strong position for additional education or direct-to-work opportunities in areas such as medicine, health care, social services and mental health.

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off N/A
Expected cut-off 70 per cent

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
• Ontario secondary school applicants
 Ontario secondary school graduates
• Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
• International applicants
• Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
• Transfer applicants
• General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
• Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Biology I: Molecular and Cellular Systems
  • Chemistry I
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Advanced Data Analysis

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities will be fostered through volunteer, practicum, internship and directed lab research opportunities, each of which will give students hands-on experience in their field of interest.

A limited number of fourth-year students have the opportunity to acquire workplace skills through an immersive internship or practicum experience with a partner organization.

Career opportunities

Our program prepares students for careers such as:

  • Health services employee
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Statistical consultant
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