Psychology is the science that examines all aspects of behaviour in humans and animals. Emphasis is on developmental, cognitive, social, physiological and genetic aspects of behaviour. As a science program, psychology fosters an objective approach to the study of behaviour, drawing on empirical research methods. Psychology programs typically lead to an Honours Bachelor of Science degree.

Programs and specilizations

Currently, students interested in studying psychology at the specialist level have three options:

  • Psychology: Students take courses in all major areas of psychology with a special emphasis on research methods. This program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in psychology.
  • Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology (joint with Biology): Considers the physiological and genetic contributions to behaviour.  An excellent theoretical and empirical background for graduate studies in behavioural neuroscience, behavioural genetics and related fields.
  • Exceptionality in Human Learning: Focuses on typical and atypical development from an interdisciplinary perspective. Includes courses in child development, abnormal psychology and disability. Includes a senior-year internship. This program provides excellent preparation for careers in areas such as education, social work and occupational therapy.

Why choose U of T Mississauga for Psychology?

U of T Mississauga offers a wide array of psychology courses taught by established high calibre professors who conduct cutting-edge research on campus. Students stay current on relevant subject areas through new courses that reflect shifts and changes in the field.

Hands-on experience

  • The Introduction to Psychology course has a laboratory  component that allows students to learn fundamental psychological principles through computer-based experiments and simulations. For example, students train a virtual rat named “Sniffy” using a computer program developed by U of T Mississauga professors. “Sniffy” is now used in psychology classes across North America.
  • Upper-year lab courses teach students research methodology and data analysis skills via class projects.
  • A limited number of second-year students work closely with professors through the Research Opportunity Program.
  • Independent research and thesis courses allow students to work independently under a faculty supervisor to conduct a major research project and present their findings. Many student projects are published in academic journals.
  • A limited number of paid work opportunities are available through the Work Study Program.
  • The Exceptionality in Human Learning practicum course allows students to work with children and adults with disabilities in local schools and social services settings.
  • Small fourth-year seminars allow students to interact closely with professors and graduate students.

Affiliated student club

  • Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students of Erindale (PAUSE)

What high school preparation do I need?

Six Grade 12 U/M courses including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and Biology (SBI4U).


  • for Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology: Chemistry (SCH4U) is required; Physics (SPH4U) is recommended.*

*This refers to courses from the Ontario Curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit

What courses do I take?

In first year:

  • All students take Introduction to Psychology (PSY100Y5).
  • Students in Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology take Biology, Calculus, Chemistry (BIO152H, BIO153H5, MAT134Y5, CHM140Y5).
  • Students in Exceptionality in Human Learning take additional science and/or social science courses, in either Anthropology, Biology or Sociology.
  • Note: Admission to psychology programs is subject to meeting minimum requirements as stated on the psychology website:

After graduation

Students interested in advanced study (e.g. graduate studies,medicine, clinical psychology, law, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, social work) typically pursue Specialist undergraduate programs. 

Students who pursue careers directly after graduation find employment in a variety of areas including marketing, human resources, education, social services, government, and academic or industry research and development laboratories.

For more information

Jodie Stewart
Academic Counsellor

Dr. Stuart Kamenetsky, Associate Chair,
Undergraduate Director and Faculty Advisor