We offer three different degree options for psychology majors. Which degree you choose to complete will depend on what you want to do when you’re finished at Brock. All of the three degrees are the same for first and second year, so you have until the end of second year to decide which degree is right for you.
Year 1 First year students who wish to take a full course load (5 full credits; see here for a description of full vs partial credits) and who are accepted to full-time studies should enroll in the following classes:
Humanities Context Credit (1 full credit, or 2 partial credits; see here for more information about full vs partial credits)
see here, and below, for a description of context courses
Science Context Credit (1 full credit, or 2 partial credits; see here for more information about full vs partial credits)
see here, and below, for a description of context courses
2 Elective Credits (any combination of full and partial credits that adds up to 2 full credits)
What are Context Courses? All students in the Social Sciences are required to complete one full "context" credit from the Faculty of Humanities and a second full credit from the Faculty of Science. Context credits are included in Brock University programs to ensure that students get some breadth while completing their degrees. Context courses must be approved - not just any course from the Humanities and Science faculties will be accepted as a context credit. Context credit requirements not taken in Year 1 must be taken in Year 2.
A list of eligible context courses can be found in the current undergraduate calendar: www.brocku.ca/webcal/index.php under the Academic Regulations and University Policies section III. B. What are Electives? Any course offered by a different department is considered an elective. In first year, students must take electives from outside Psychology, but in upper years, many students ask about the possibility of taking Psychology courses to fulfill elective requirements. We strongly encourage students to take electives outside of psychology throughout their degree to gain some exposure to the diverse perspectives that other disciplines offer. These courses provide a useful context for your knowledge of psychology. In fact, we feel so strongly about this that students completing a 3-Year Pass Degree are required to take at least 5 credits from other departments and students in either of our 4-Year Degrees are required to take 7 courses from outside psychology before they graduate.
Choosing your electives may seem like a daunting task, but it is really quite simple. First, spend some time reading through the Undergraduate Calendar to find courses in other departments that you find interesting. Once you have a list of possibilities, make sure that you are eligible to register in the courses, and that they do not conflict with your required courses (e.g., PSYC 1F90 in first year; PSYC 2F23 in second year). Don’t forget to use the online timetable to confirm that a course is being offered and when it is scheduled. You can also read course descriptions and check the prerequisites for courses using the timetable -- just click on the course code!
TIP: Your electives don't have to correspond to your year of study. The rule is that when you apply to graduate you cannot have more than 8 first year credits. So, at least a few of your electives will have to be second year courses (or above).
Year 2 Once you have completed the Introduction to Psychology course (PSYC 1F90), you will have a better idea about all of the different areas of psychology. In second year, students have the opportunity to learn about these different areas of psychology in more detail.
Second year students who wish to take a full course load (5 full credits) should enroll in:
PSYC 2F23 (Statistics and Research Design in the Behavioural Sciences)
PSYC 2P01 (Roadmap to Careers in Psychology)
5 x second year Psychology courses (these are .5, or partial, credit courses; see here for more information about full vs partial credits)
Either PSYC 2P25 or PSYC 2P30 (you are welcome to register in both as part of your 5 courses)
One course from this list: PSYC 2P20, PSYC 2P35, PSYC 2P36, or PSYC 2P49
1.5 PSYC credits numbered 200-299
among these options students can choose a maximum of .5 from PSYC 2P90, 2P92 or 2P95. If you register for more than .5 of these the additional course(s) will contribute to your 3rd year requirements.
1.0 Elective Credits
Choosing your Second Year PSYC Courses In second year you will register in five half (or partial) credit Psychology courses (plus PSYC 2F23, which is our statistics course). Your choices will be based largely on what you found interesting in first year; however, we do encourage you take courses from different areas (e.g., not all social/personality courses, or all cognitive/neuropsych courses) to ensure that you have a well-rounded psychology degree when you graduate. Your undergraduate degree is not the time to specialize in specific areas of psychology. If you wish to specialize, plan on doing an honours psychology degree at Brock and continuing on in a more specialized graduate degree in psychology (that is, a specialized masters degree).
PSYC 2P90, 2P92 and 2P95 can count as either 2nd or 3rd year courses. You are only allowed to use one of those course (an .5 credit) to fulfill your second year requirements. If you register for more than one during your second year, the additional course(s) will contribute to your 3rd year requirements.
To be eligible to register in PSYC 2P37 (offered in D3) students must complete PSYC 2P35 or PSYC 2P36 in D2. You will be deregistered from the D3 course if you don't have the D2 prerequisite.
Be sure to look ahead at our 3rd and 4th year courses and take any 2nd year courses that are listed as prerequisites for those upper-year courses that you think you might want to take in the future.