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Program Overview

This program is designed to meet the changing academic and career demands in the field of psychology and to prepare students for graduate and professional training in the area. The program is highly selective and admits approximately 20 students per year from the B.Sc. and B.A. PNB programs with an anticipated GPA of around 10.0. The specialization requires a placement (PNB 3I06 A/B) in Level 3 and a thesis (PNB 4D09 A/B) in Level 4.

ADMISSION

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:
3 units PSYCH 1XX3 with a grade of at least B-
3 units from MATH 1A03, 1LS3
6 units BIOLOGY 1A03, 1M03
3 units from BIOPHYS 1S03, CHEM 1A03, PHYSICS 1A03, 1C03
9 units from Science I Course List (PSYCH 1X03 or 1F03 must be completed by end of Level II but PSYCH 1X03 is recommended in Level I)

ADMISSION NOTE

1. Completion of CHEM 1A03 and one of BIOPHYS 1S03, PHYSICS 1A03, 1C03 is required by the end of Level II. However, a least one of BIOPHYS 1S03, CHEM 1A03, PHYSICS 1A03, 1C03 is required for Admission. It is recommended that both CHEM 1A03 and one of BIOPHYS 1S03, PHYSICS 1A03, 1C03 be completed in Level I.
MENTAL HEALTH COURSE LIST
PNB 3EE3, 3EV3, 3L03, 3MM3, 3QQ3 A/B, S, 3S03, 3V03, 4G03;PSYCH 3BA3, 3CC3, 3F03, 3JJ3, 3M03, 3T03, 3VV3, 4S03, 4Y03.

REQUIREMENTS

120 units total (Levels I to IV)

LEVEL I
30 units (See Admission)

LEVEL II: 30 UNITS
3 units PNB 2XA3 (Human Perception & Cognition)
3 units PNB 2XB3 (Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology)
3 units PNB 2XC3 (Animal Behaviour & Evolution)
0 units PNB 2XT0 (PNB Tutorial)
3 units PNB 2XD3 (Integrative PNB through Scientific Writing)
3 units PNB 2XE3 (Data & Descriptive Statistics)
3 units PNB 2XF3 (Perspectives in PNB)
3 units PSYCH 2AP3 (Abnormal Psychology: Fundamentals & Major Disorders)
3 units PSYCH 2B03 (Personality)
6 units Electives (PSYCH 1X03 or 1F03 if not completed in Level 1) (See also Admission Note 1 re CHEM & PHYSICS requirement)

LEVEL III: 30 UNITS
6 units PNB 3I06 A/B (Practica in Psychology)
3 units PNB 3XE3 (Inferential Statistics)
3 units PNB 3RM3 (Research Methods Lab)
3 units PNB 3HP3 (History of Psychology)
3 units PSYCH 3GG3 (Essentials of Developmental Psychology)
6 units from Mental Health Course List
6 units Electives

LEVEL IV: 30 UNITS
3 units PNB 4A03 ( Assessment in Children)
3 units PSYCH 3B03 (Special Populations)
3 units PSYCH 3MT3 (Psychometrics)
3 units from Mental Health Course List
9 units PNB 4D09 A/B
9 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