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Department of Psychology Regulations

Department of Psychology Regulations

See the University Regulations section and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations of this Calendar for conditions to enter and proceed in, these programs.

In addition to the University and Faculty academic regulations the following regulations apply to Psychology students:

(a) A student may proceed without condition in a Bachelor's degree program if credit is obtained for all the courses of the preceding year and she/he has an average standing of C (60%) or better in Psychology courses.

(b) A student may be admitted to or proceed without condition in an Honours Bachelor's degree program in any year if credit is obtained for all the courses of the preceding year, she/he has an overall average of C (60%) or better, and he/she has an average standing of B (70%) or better in Psychology courses.

(c) A student who has failed a course or courses or fails to meet the average requirement may write special examinations as outlined in University Regulation VII (Special Examinations).

(d) A student in a Bachelor's degree program who has not met the requirement of a C (60%) average in Psychology courses may be permitted, with the approval of the department, to proceed "On Probation" into the succeeding year of the program or the next two academic terms of the program in the case of programs that do not follow the academic year format. Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to re-apply for admission to the university.

(e) A student in an Honours Bachelor's degree program who has not met the requirement of a B (70%) average in Psychology courses may be permitted, with the approval of the department, to proceed "On Probation" into the succeeding year of the program or the next two academic terms of the program in the case of programs that do not follow the academic year format. Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to transfer to a 4-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) if he/she has an overall average of C (60%) or better in Psychology courses and if not to re-apply for admission to the university.

(f) Failed Year
(i) A student is deemed to have failed the year if:
(a) the student has failed more than 2.5 FCEs or their equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not; or
(b) the student has failed more than two full courses or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(c) the student attains an overall average of less than 50% in all courses.
(ii) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.
(iii) A student who has failed a year must apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.

(g) A student admitted to a Psychology program after having failed a program in another department/school will receive credit for only those courses in which at least a C grade has been obtained and which are applicable to the Psychology program.

(h) A student will be awarded First Class Standing if the weighted average of all the major courses taken is at least 80%. An average of at least 70%, but less than 80% indicates Second Class Standing.
In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

(i) After a student is granted a BA or BSc degree in Psychology, with an overall B major average or better, he/she may apply for admission to an honours degree program in Psychology.

Department of Psychology Notes:

Note 1:
 
Core Course Requirements:
For the 3-year BA and BSc programs, two FCEs (full course equivalents) must be completed from the psychology core groups, one from either core groups A or B, and one from core groups C, D, and E. For the 4-year Psychology programs, five FCEs must be selected from the core groups, one from each of groups A, B, C, D, and E. It is recommended that all students take a range of core area courses in their studies.

Note 2: 
Other Requirements:
(a) Minimum and maximum number of psychology courses:
5 and 8 FCEs for three year Major in Psychology BA and BSc degrees; 9 and 14 for four year Major in Psychology BA and BSc degrees, and for Honours BA and Honours BSc in Psychology degrees; 11 and 14 for Specialized Honours in Psychology HBA and HBSc degrees.
(b) Required courses for all programs:
Psychology 1100 and 2101 are required for all programs. Students who have taken an introductory statistics course from another department may receive permission to be exempt from Psychology 2101, in which case another psychology course must be taken in place of an elective.

Note 3: 
Second, third and fourth year Psychology courses are not open to first year students. Fourth year courses are normally open only to third and fourth year students. Exceptions must be approved by the Department.

Note 4: 
Elective courses may be chosen from any degree-level course in the University, provided the prerequisites are met. Science electives may be chosen from any degree-level course designated as a Science course in a BSc or Honours BSc program (including BES, HBES, HBESc, HBScF, BEng, BScN, HBK), or by consultation with the Department of Psychology.