Program Descriptions


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)

10.0-10.5 credits in Psychology are required. At least 5.0 credits must be at the 300/400 level of which at least 1.5 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.

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)

13.0-14.5 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  
Admissions to the Exceptionality in Human Learning Major are administratively suspended as of 2019-2020. Students currently enrolled in the program will be allowed to continue. 

Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the structures and functions of the brain and nervous system. Students will have the opportunity to combine knowledge of behavioural, physiological, and cellular/molecular processes through 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 neuroscience and related fields.

Neuroscience (ERSPE2470)
11.5-12.0 credits are required

For a breakdown of program requirements refer to the UTM Calendar