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Specialization in Developmental and Psychological Science (BSc)

What is the Specialization in Developmental and Psychological Science (BSc)?

Students will gain in‐depth knowledge into historical and contemporary trends regarding human development, from infancy and childhood, through adolescence, and into adulthood and gerontology.

Unique to this specialization will be the intentional cross‐cutting of traditional disciplinary and methodological lines, to bring students in contact with a variety of sociological, criminological, psychological and biological perspectives. 

How do I apply?

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 degree. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. 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). To learn more about the admissions process and apply, visit our Undergraduate Admissions website.

Experiential Learning: Internships, Practicums, and Community Engagement

To learn more about the Developmental and Psychological Science specialization (BSc) program’s experiential learning opportunities (e.g., the practicum, the internship, and community engagement projects), check out the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities’ Experiential Learning Office.

What courses will I take?

Year 1 (30 credit hours):

BIOL 1010U Biology I: Molecular and Cellular Systems
BIOL 1020U Biology II: Diversity of Life and Principles of Ecology
CHEM 1010U Chemistry I
CHEM 1020U Chemistry II
PHY 1030U Introductory Physics
PHY 1040U Physics for Biosciences
MATH 1015U Mathematics for Bioscience
PSYC 1000U Introductory Psychology
SOCI 1000U Introductory Sociology
One general elective***

Year 2 (30 credit hours):

Two general electives***
PSYC 2010U Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2020U Social Psychology
PSYC 2030U Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2050U Brain and Behaviour
PSYC 2060U Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 2900U Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 2910U Data Analysis in Psychology
PSYC 3060U Personality Psychology

Year 3 (30 credit hours):

PSYC 3910U Advanced Data Analysis in Psychology
Four Psychology electives*
Two Science electives**
Three general electives***

Year 4 (30 credit hours):

One of:

PSYC 4110U Honours Thesis in Psychology I
Psychology elective*

One of:

PSYC 4120U Honours Thesis in Psychology II
Psychology elective*

One of:

SSCI 4098U Practicum
SSCI 4103U Internship
Psychology elective*

Three Psychology electives*
Four general electives***

Psychology electives*
Any non-required course with a PSYC 3XXX or 4XXX designation can count towards students' necessary Psychology electives.

Science electives**
Any non-required course run within the Faculty of Science that does not have a PSYC designation can count towards students' necessary Science electives.

General electives***
General Electives: Any non-required course in any faculty can count towards students' necessary general electives.

To achieve a Developmental Psychological Science (BSc) specialization, students are required to complete the following courses, three of which must come from List A.

List A:

PSYC 3035U – Adolescence
PSYC 3045U – Child Maltreatment
PSYC 3075U – Biopsychology of Sex
PSYC 3330U – Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 3530U – Developmental Neuroscience

List B:

HLSC 2810U – Child and Adolescent Health
HLSC 4807U – Perspectives in Aging
HLSC 4808U – Exploring Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
FPSY 3039U – Children, Psychology and the Law
EDST 1110U – Foundations of Adult Learning
EDST 3160U – Developing Literacy
EDST 4150U – Holistic Learning in Early Childhood Education