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Department of Psychology Regulations

Department of Psychology Regulations

In addition to the University Regulations  and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations of this Calendar, the following regulations apply to Psychology students. 

Students in a concurrent education program must also refer to the regulations of the Faculty of Education and Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education. It is the responsibility of each student registering at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma, or certificate which they seek.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is affected satisfy the program requirements of the degree sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which they are enrolled.

1. Year Progression and Program Sequence

A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated will have their year level incremented as follows:

Year 1 = < 4 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 4 to < 9 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 9 to < 14 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 14

Each program in Psychology is designed so that one year is preparation for the next. Students who alter the course sequencing of their program should seek academic advice from the Program Coordinator or Chair of the Department of Psychology.

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 Chair of the Department of Psychology.

2. Continuation in Program

(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 they have an average standing of 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, they have an overall average of 60% or better, and they have an average standing of 70% or better in Psychology courses.

(c) A student may be admitted to or proceed without condition in an Honours Bachelor’s degree program (with Specialized Honours in Psychology) in any year if credit is obtained for all the courses of the preceding year, they have an overall average of 60% or better, and they have an average standing of 80% or better in Psychology courses.

(d) 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).

(e) A student in a Bachelor's degree program who has not met the requirement of a 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 the student fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, they will be required to transfer to a program outside of Psychology.

(f) A student in an Honours Bachelor's degree program who has not met the requirement of a 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 the student fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, they will be required to transfer to a 4-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) if they have an overall average of 60% or better in Psychology courses and if not they will be required to transfer to a program outside of Psychology.

(g) A student in an Honours Bachelor’s degree program (with specialized Honours in Psychology) who has not met the requirement of an 80% average in Psychology courses may be permitted, with the approval of the departments concerned, 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 the student fail to obtain the required average a second time, they will be required to transfer to an Honours Bachelor’s degree program (Psychology Major) if they have an overall average of 70% or better in Psychology courses.

3. Failed Year

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.
A student who has a failed year must obtain academic advice from the Chair of the Department of Psychology

4. First Class Standing

A student will be awarded First Class Standing if the weighted average of all the major courses taken is at least 80%. 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.

5. Returning for Honours
After a student is granted a BA or BSc degree in Psychology, with an overall 70% major average or better, they may apply for admission to an honours degree program in Psychology. If admitted, the student would be required to take 5 FCE additional credits including specific Psychology requirements in the honours degree program. Academic advising would be recommended.

6. APA Style 

All papers and written works should be prepared according to the rules and guidelines of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association unless noted otherwise.

7. Recording of Lectures

Students may not record (audio/video) any lectures without permission from the instructor. Students registered with Student Accessibility Services where recording of lectures is included as an accommodation must determine the feasibility, limitations, and conditions to recording lectures with the instructor. 

8. Minimum and Maximum number of psychology courses

To graduate from the 3-year BA or BSc programs, students must complete a minimum of 6.5 FCE psychology courses and a maximum of 9 FCE psychology courses, with a total of 15 FCE. 

To graduate from the 4-year and Honours BA or BSc programs, students must complete a minimum of 11 FCE psychology courses and a maximum of 14 FCE psychology courses, with a total of 20 FCE.

To graduate from the Specialized Honours BA or BSc programs, students must complete a minimum of 11.5 FCE psychology courses and a maximum of 14 FCE of psychology courses, with a total of 20 FCE.