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  • Course description
    Students complete a minimum of 120 units, as specified below.
    Lower Division Requirements
    Students complete one course from the following group A courses
    • PSYC 221-3 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 280-3 Introduction to Biological Psychology

    and one course from the following group B courses
    • PSYC 241-3 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 250-3 Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 260-3 Introduction to Social Psychology
    • PSYC 268-3 Introduction to Law and Psychology
    • PSYC 270-3 Introduction to Theories of Personality

    and a minimum of one additional course from either group A or group B (see above)
    Upper Division Requirements
    Students complete a minimum of 30 upper division units with a minimum psychology cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and psychology upper division CGPA of 2.0 (calculated on Simon Fraser University PSYC courses only). These units must include
    • PSYC 300W-3 Critical Analysis of Issues in Psychology
    • PSYC 308-3 History and Systems of Modern Psychology

    and an additional 24 upper division PSYC units.

    No more than six directed studies units may be applied to the program.

    A minimum of 15 upper division psychology units must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

    Psychology and Statistics
    A level of statistical sophistication is required before undertaking independent research or evaluating research of others. The department offers several courses in research methodology and data analysis: PSYC 201, 210, 301, 410, 411. Students who have a special interest in more extensive statistical training to facilitate their work in psychology should also consider courses from STAT 270 and above, and in particular, STAT 270, 302, 330, 403, 410 and 430.

    Directed Studies Courses
    PSYC 493, 494, and 495 are directed studies courses. Enrolment enables an individual or small group to work with a faculty member on a reading or research project of mutual interest. Common reasons for a student requesting such a course are
    • to continue a reading or research project begun in a 400 division seminar
    • to cover material not included in regular courses

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