Programs

Plan your Program

Are you interested in pursuing a B.A. or B.Sc. Honours Program in Psychology? Are you perhaps already an honours student in psychology? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, please follow the instructions below to use a helpful program planning tool made with Google Sheets. This program planning aid should help you keep track of your program's requirements (identifying those which you have already satisfied and those which you have not yet fulfilled with the courses you have taken), and assist you in planning the courses you will take in future terms.

Instructions

  1. Click on the button below to enter the Google Sheet program planning tool.
  2. Save a copy - with your name in the file name - to your own Google Drive, e.g., "William James - Honours in Psychology: Program Planner".
  3. Enter your course information (course department codes, course numbers, and your status regarding the entered course).
  4. Watch the form to the right fill in automatically and check that your program requirements are being fulfilled properly.
  5. Note that at the bottom of the large table (on the left side, where you enter your course information), there are checks on the minimum and maximum numbers of courses allowable.
  6. Share your program plan Google Sheet with the corresponding honours Advisor (Dr. Nicoladis for BA: elenan@ualberta.ca, Dr. Caplan for BSc: jcaplan@ualberta.ca).

Notes

  1. Although this Google Sheet program planning tool is based on the latest (2017-2018) Academic Calendar, the Faculties of Arts and Science maintain the right to override it at any time and in any capacity. Program requirements are also subject to change.
  2. Bear in mind that this document is for planning purposes. You still need the honours Advisor to look over your program and ensure that everything is permitted and correct.
  3. Also bear in mind that there are criteria beyond the scope of this planner spreadsheet that you still need to check. Most notably:
    a) Minimum GPA in each Fall term and in each Winter term
    b) Minimum of 8 courses (*24) in each Fall+Winter term
    c) Course prerequisites
    d) A committed thesis supervisor
  4. If you are experiencing difficulty, make sure to check your program-specific notes, which are located beneath the course code information, under the table on the left-hand side of your spreadsheet. If you are still experiencing difficulty, contact the appropriate honours advisor (see step 7 above, under "Instructions").
  5. Before finishing and passing your program plan along to your Honours Advisor, glance at the cells above the right-hand side form on your spreadsheet, which should detect most issues that might arise, and which will notify you when you have completed your program plan."

FAQs

  1. What if my information does not work with the form?

    Answer:
    Ask the honours Advisor. The form is the best we can do to cover most cases, but there are always exceptions.

  2. What if I have more than 40 courses?

    Answer: Choose your "best" 40 courses that best satisfy the honours program requirements. The other courses will be classified as "extra to degree" anyway.

  3. What if I have "too many" 100-level courses?

    Answer: Only 14 of them will count toward the 40 (*3) courses you will need for a complete undergraduate program.

  4. What if a course is worth *1.5 or *6?

    Answer: if it is worth *1.5, you probably have to take the same course code twice. Enter it on one line only, representing those two terms (*1.5 + *1.5 = *3).
    If it is worth *6, enter it twice. You will see a ? in the "Repeated Courses" column, but if you are quite sure the course gives you *6 in total, then you can ignore that warning.

  5. What if I don't meet the minimum course load for Fall+Winter of my final year?

    Answer: If you are sure you will graduate in that year (i.e., 40 courses, *120 credits) and don't care about some awards where it might matter, a small course load is not a problem. Course load is computed only to determine whether or not you can continue in the program. If you are graduating, that question will never come up for your last year.