Psychology (HBSc)


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Psychology programs emphasize the scientific method and its application to the study of behaviour and thought processes in humans and animals. Courses in a wide range of areas are taught by outstanding faculty, many of whom conduct leading edge research in areas such as child development, social behaviour, cognition, perception, personality and the biological basis of behaviour. You can engage in ongoing research and/or applied field work under the supervision of faculty members.

"I wanted a leading institution and U of T was that choice. I also liked the geographic proximity – I walked to campus my first year – and my familiarity with the campus."
- Sven Spengemann, HBSc, Psychology, Class of 1990

Programs & Requirements

OUAC Program Code: TMP
Approximate Grade Range: Mid to high 70s (based on six Grade 12 "U" or "M" courses, including English (ENG4U) or equivalent)
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Program & Prerequisites Program Options

Combined HBSc Exceptionality in Human Learning/MA Child Study & Education*

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* Application to Master’s program in third year of study.

Combined HBSc Psychology/MA Child Study & Education*

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* Application to Master's program in third year of study.

Exceptionality in Human Learning

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Exciting Opportunities

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Our Faculty

Our faculty includes scientists in the areas of social, personality, developmental, and abnormal psychology, as well as cognition, perception, language, and neuroscience.


Research Opportunities

We offer undergraduate students the chance to work on cutting edge research; one-on-one with our leading and highly-qualified instructors.


Field Placement

The Practicum in Exceptionality in Human Learning course allows students to work with children and adults with disabilities in local schools and social services settings.

Courses You Would Love

Critical Thinking

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (PSY240H5)

A survey of contemporary issues in theory and research on abnormal behaviour and its treatment. Topics include the definition of abnormal behaviour, and causes and treatment of disorders.


Language Acquisition (PSY315H5)

An examination of language acquisition from a psychological perspective. Topics include the acquisition of speech sounds, words, sentence structure, and conversational abilities, as well as patterns of development in special populations


The Science of Wellbeing (PSY324H5)

A broad overview of the historical development of the global food economy and a survey of recent trends and controversies. Topics discussed include basic food staples, food markets and trade liberalization.

Musical Notes

Psychology of Music (PSY387H5)

An examination of the psychological foundations of music perception and performance. Consideration of processing differences between naive and experienced listeners, biological foundations of music processing, and other topics.

Discover Your Potential

Rose Al-Mayaleh

Rose Al-Mayaleh, HBSc, Psychology, Criminology, and French, Class of 2018

Rose Al-Mayaleh moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada from Damascus, Syria at the age of 13. After completing her first year at the University of Prince Edward Island, she took a year off to travel around Canada, teaching French in places like Quebec and British Columbia. She eventually decided to apply to UTM, due to its well-known criminology program and peaceful campus.

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Dax Urbszat

Dax Urbszat, Associate Professor, Psychology

Dr. Dax Urbszat began his post-secondary education by attaining a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Psychology and a Major in Crime and Deviance. This undergraduate training led to a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School followed by a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Dax’s research interests are in the areas of Personality, Social, Abnormal and Forensic Psychology.

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Rebecca Horne

Give and take: Why couples need to talk about their needs

When is the last time you and your partner had a heart-to-heart about your needs, their needs and how those are being met? A U of T Mississauga PhD student in psychology, whose research focuses on sacrifice in romantic relationships, is encouraging couples to have that talk.

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On this edition of the View to the U podcast, Professor Jennifer Stellar from the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga discusses her program of research that touches on several areas, including how individuals and social groups thrive.

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C = Calculus & Vectors
Ch = Chemistry
F = Advanced Functions
Fr = French
Ita = Italian
M = Mathematics of Data Management
Math = One of the Grade 12 U Maths
Ph = Physics
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, = and
rec. = recommended
approx. = approximate

Sp = Specialist program
Ma = Major program
Mi = Minor program