Honours Specialization BSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 2021 (Archive)

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NOTICE: Effective September 2018, the Honours Specialization in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience BA module will be withdrawn from the academic calendar and will be replaced with an Honours Specialization in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience BSC

If you are enrolled in the BA version of this module at that time, you may complete the requirements and graduate with an Honours Specialization DCN BA.

If you're thinking of switching into the Honours Specialization DCN BSC module and would like advice on how to do so, please contact Psychology's Academic Counsellor (psycouns@uwo.ca). 

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10.0 Course Module CHECKLIST

Purpose of Hon. Spec. B.Sc.-DCN Module: To provide a thorough grounding in the principles of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience for students who may wish to pursue graduate training in this area.

FIRST YEAR Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the Honours Specialization Program B.Sc.-DCN, students must complete 5.0 first-year courses by May 1, with no failures, and must have an average of at least 75% in 3.0 principal courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60% (however, because this is a competitive program, the cut-off average is usually above the minimum of 75%.  The current cut-off average is actually 79%). The principal courses must include:

1.0 course from Psychology 1000 (or the former 1200);
1.0 course from Calculus 1000A/B, 1100A/B, 1301A/B, 1500A/B, 1501A/B, or the former 1201A/B, the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, 1413, Statistical Sciences 1024A/B, or the former Mathematics 030;
1.0 course from Biology 1001A or 1201A and Biology 1002B or 1202B; or the former Biology 1222 or Biology 1223;
1.0 course from Chemistry 1301A/B, 1302A/B or the former Chemistry 1020, 1050, 1100A/B, or 1200B, Computer Science 1025A/B, 1026A/B, 1027A/B, Physics 1028A/B, 1029A/B, 1301A/B, 1302A/B, 1501A/B and 1502A/B, or the former Physics 1020, 1024.

To determine eligibility for admission to the Honours program, the third principal course will be the 1.0 Science course in which the student receives the highest mark.


1. Psych 1000 (or the former 1200)

2. Mathematics

3. Biology

4. Science (Chem, Physics or CompSci)

5. Electives

Module Requirements:
2.0 courses: Psychology 2800E and Psychology 2810.
0.5 course from: Psychology 2040A/B or 2410A/B.
0.5 course from: Psychology 2220A/B or 2221A/B.
0.5 course from: Psychology 2100-2299 (excluding Psychology 2220A/B or Psychology 2221A/B).
0.5 course from: Psychology 2300-2799 (excluding Psychology 2410A/B)
2.0 courses from: Psychology 3141F/G, 3440F/G, 3441F/G, 3442F/G, 3443F/G, 3444F/G.
1.0 course: Psychology 3485F/G and Psychology 3800F/G.
0.5 course from: Psychology 3300-3899 (Excluding the 3000-level Research courses).
0.5 course from: Psychology 4100-4995.
1.0 course from Science/Basic Medical Sciences-approved list numbered 2100 or above. (See additional Science Requirement NOTE below).
1.0 course: Psychology 4852E

CAUTION: If you are fulfilling your 2nd year Statistics requirement in the Psychology Hon. Spec. B.Sc.-DCN module with a 2nd year Statistics course taught in another department that is antirequisite to Psychology 2810 (Statistics for Psychology), then you MUST replace it with 1.0 Psychology credits numbered 2100 or higher. To clarify, the Psychology Hon. Spec. B.Sc. DCN module requires a minimum of 9.0 Psychology credits at the Senior Level (2000 and higher).

Subsidiary Courses: 5.0 courses outside your module, and amongst which a minimum of 1.0 courses must be from Science/Basic Medical Sciences-approved list numbered 2100 or above. (See the first NOTE below regarding the additional Science Requirement).

Progression Requirements: Students who are enrolled in a Psychology Honours Specialization program must maintain a minimum modular average of 75% with no Psychology module course mark below 60% to progress in the module.

Late Entrance Requirements: Students who wish to enter this module after Years 2 or 3 must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% in their last 10.0 courses, with no Honors Specialization B.SC.-DCN modular course mark below 60%. However, because this is a competitive program, the cut-off entry average is usually several percentages above the minimum of 75% (the current cut-off average is actually 80%).

YEAR 2, 3 and 4
6. Psych 2800
7. Psych 2810
8. Psy 2040 or 2410/Psy 2220
or 2221
9. 1st Science 2100+/ Science 2100+
10. Electives or Other Module
11. Psych 3800 / Psych 3485
12. Psych 2100-2299/2300-2799
13. Psych 3141, 3440 to 3444
14. 2nd Science 2100+/ Science 2100+
15. Electives or Other Module
16. Psych 4852E
17. Psy 3300-3899 /Psy 4100-4995
18. Psych 3141, 3440 to 3444
19. Electives or Other Module
20. Electives or Other Module

You are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of your program.

NOTE:  You need at least 2.0 Science/Basic Med Science courses at the 2100 and above level – 1.0 is within this Psychology module, and the other 1.0 can be done as an elective course or as part of another module. In other words, in order to satisfy graduation requirements for an Honors Bachelor of Science-DCN degree, students are required to take, outside of and in addition to the 1.0 Science/Basic Med Science course that is part of the Psychology Honors Specialization B.Sc.-DCN module, an additional 1.0 Science/Basic Med Science course at the 2100 level or above.  Again, you need at least 2.0 Science/Basic Med Science courses at the 2100 and above level – 1.0 is within this Psychology module, and the other 1.0 can be done as an elective course or as part of another module.

NOTE: To fulfill the B.Sc. requirements within the Honours Specialization in Psychology - B.Sc.-DCN module, 6.0 of the Psychology courses must be selected from the following list:

Psychology 2115A/B, 2134A/B, 2135A/B, 2210A/B, 2220A/B, 2221A/B, 2800E, 2810, 3130A/B, 3138F/G, 3139A/B, 3140F/G, 3141F/G, 3184F/G, 3185F/G , 3195F/G, 3209F/G, 3221F/G, 3224A/B, 3225A/B, 3226A/B, 3228A/B, 3230F/G, 3285F/G, 3295F/G, 3440F/G, 3441F/G, 3442F/G, 3443F/G, 3444F/G, 3485F/G, 3800F/G, 4190F/G, 4195F/G, 4222F/G, 4223F/G, 4224F/G, 4290F/G, 4295F/G, 4852E, the former 3223F/G.

NOTE:  No more than 14.0 courses in one subject may be counted among the 20.0 successfully completed courses used to fulfill graduation requirements. If taking more than 10.0 courses in Psychology (including the first year Psych 1000), students need to consider the impact this may have on their plans for a major or minor in other subject areas.

NOTE: The Honours programs in Psychology have limited enrolment.  In cases where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, entry into the program will be competitive; students who meet the minimum requirements may be refused admission.

Please note that this is the Psychology component of your degree only.  For information on complete degree requirements, please refer to the current Western Academic Calendar.

All degrees require 1.0 Social Science course (A), 1.0 Arts & Humanities course (B), 1.0 Science course (C) and 2.0 essay courses.