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Program Overview

The Hons B.A.Sc. (Generalist Stream) offers a combination of breadth and depth of education in human behaviour. Students completing this program will be well equipped to enter any work environment that requires understanding the determinants of human behaviour – the social influences on behaviour; the basic neuroscience underlying behaviour; the stages of language development; and the stages of early development and their impact on human behaviour. The Generalist stream of the Hons B.A.Sc. program gives students substantial flexibility to customize their degree to focus on subspecialty areas of their choice. Capstone experiences focus on science literacy and science communication to a broader audience. The Generalist stream is an excellent preparatory degree for a range of other applied certificate/diploma training, and in itself offers a more applied versus research-focused Honours degree than the Hons PNB degree.

ADMISSION (Effective September 2018)

Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:
6 units PSYCH 1X03 (or 1F03), 1XX3
0-3 units BIOLOGY 1P03 (or Grade 12 Biology U (SBI4U))
0-3 units from MATH 1F03, 1K03, STATS 1L03 (or one of Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Data Management (MDM4U))

ADMISSION (Effective September 2019)

Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:
6 units PSYCH 1X03 (or 1F03), 1XX3 with an average of at least 5.0
0-3 units BIOLOGY 1P03 (or Grade 12 Biology U (SBI4U))
0-3 units from MATH 1F03, 1K03, STATS 1L03 (or one of Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Data Management (MDM4U))

HUMAN BEHAV IOUR COURSE LIST

HUMBEHV 4HB3, 4HC3; LINGUIST 3C03; MUSICCOG 2MP3, 3SP3; PNB 3Q03 A/B, S, 4Q03 A/B, S; PSYCH 2B03, 2C03, 2E03, 2MP3, 2NF3, 3A03, 3AB3, 3AC3, 3AG3, 3BA3, 3C03, 3CB3, 3CC3, 3CD3, 3D03, 3F03, 3FA3, 3H03, 3JJ3, 3M03, 3MT3, 3SP3, 3T03, 3UU3, 3VV3

REQUIREMENTS

120 units total (Levels I to IV) of which no more than 48 units may be Level 1)

LEVEL I
30 units (See Admission)

LEVEL II: 30 UNITS
3 units PSYCH 2AA3 (Child Development)
3 units PSYCH 2AP3 (Abnormal Psychology: Fundamentals and Major Disorders)
3 units PSYCH 2C03 (Social Psychology)
3 units PSYCH 2GG3 (Learning, Measuring & Shaping Behaviour)
3 units PSYCH 2H03 (Human Learning & Cognition)
3 units PSYCH 2NF3 (Basic & Clinical Neuroscience)
12 units Electives
1 course HUMBEHV 2HB0 (Human Behaviour Professional Development)

LEVEL III: 30 UNITS
3 units PSYCH 3B03 (Special Populations)
3 units PSYCH 3JJ3 (Socio-Emotional Development)
3 units from HUMBEHV 3HB3 (Stats & Research Methods for Hons Hum Behv) or STATS 2B03 (Stats Methods for Science)
9 units from Human Behaviour Course List
12 units Electives

LEVEL IV: 30 UNITS
9 units from Human Behaviour Course List
6 units from HUMBEHV 4HB3 (Seminar I for Hons Human Behv), HUMBEHV 4HC3 (Seminar II for Hons Human Behv), PNB 4Q03 A/B, S (Advanced Indiv. Library Study)
15 units Electives

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1
Canada