Program Descriptions

Psychology

Psychology is the science that examines the structure and function of behaviour in humans and animals. It is concerned with the processes by which behaviour is acquired, maintained, and developed through adaptive interaction with the physical and social aspects of the environment. Emphasis is on the genetic, physiological, sensory, cognitive, personality-based, and social structures that mediate behaviour.

Among the topics covered by Psychology courses are life-span developmental changes in behaviour, modes of sensing, perceiving and responding to the environment, learning and cognition, the origins and implications of drives, motives, conflicts and emotions, and the wide variety of individual and species differences that are produced by differences in genetic background, physiology and past experience.

Psychology Specialist (ERSPE1160)
10.0 credits in Psychology are required. At least 5.0 credits must be at the 300/400 level of which at least 1.0 must be at the 400 level. A single course can be used to satisfy only one program requirement.

Psychology Major (ERMAJ1160)
6.5 credits in Psychology are required, including 2.0 at the 300/400 level. A single course can be used to satisfy only one program requirement.

Psychology Minor (ERMIN1160)
4.0 credits are required, including 1.0 at the 300 level. A single course can be used to satisfy only one program requirement.

For a breakdown of program requirements refer to the UTM Calendar

Exceptionality in Human Learning Programs

This program is designed to provide a broad scholarly foundation for addressing issues concerning children and adults who have disabilities and/or are gifted. Interested students might include:

  1. those who at a later stage may wish to pursue more advanced work in psychology, special education, rehabilitation, social work, group home management, adult retraining, etc., or study in areas related to hearing or visual impairment, learning disabilities, developmental delay, physical disability, or related fields.
  2. those wanting to know more about the psychology, sociology and biology of exceptional individuals, particularly as these become issues of public policy.

Exceptionality in Human Learning (ERSPE1883)
13.0 credits are required, including at least 4.0 300/400 level credits and 1.0 400 level credits.

Exceptionality in Human Learning (ERMAJ1883)
7.0 credits are required; including at least 2.0 300/400 level courses  


For a breakdown of program requirements refer to the UTM Calendar

Behaviour, Genetics, and Neurobiology Program

This interdisciplinary program considers physiological and genetic contributions to behaviour. This emerging discipline represents an integrative approach to the study of behaviour that brings together the tremendous gains in knowledge in neuroscience and genetics that have been made in the past few decades. Students will have the opportunity to take lecture and laboratory courses and carry out research projects with faculty members. This program provides an excellent theoretical and empirical background for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in behavioural neuroscience, behaviour genetics and related fields.

Behaviour, Genetics, and Neurobiology (ERSPE2470)
11.0 credits are required, including at least 3.0 300/400 level credits and 1.0 400 level credits.

For a breakdown of program requirements refer to the UTM Calendar