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Psychology Undergraduate FAQs


Contents

  1. I applied for admission to SFU as a psychology major. Do I need to see a psychology advisor?
  2. How do I declare a Psychology plan?
  3. May I use a course from another Department toward my requirements for my Psychology program?
  4. What SFU Calendar regulates my academic career?
  5. How many duplicate courses may I complete at SFU?
  6. If I duplicate a course, how are my GPAs calculated?
  7. If a course is full, is there a wait list?
  8. When can I register in upper division psychology courses?
  9. May I register for a course if I do not have the prerequisites?
  10. How do I add a course, or swap a tutorial, during week 1 of classes?
  11. How do I add a course, or swap a tutorial, during week 2 of classes?
  12. How can I drop a course?
  13. How many credits can I transfer?
  14. How can I find out whether a course will transfer to SFU?
  15. What does it mean if I received transfer credit labeled PSYC 2xx? PSYC 3xx?
  16. What does it mean if I received transfer credit labeled GE 1xx?
  17. May I take a course at another institution if I am already registered or have completed courses at SFU?
  18. How do I appeal a grade?
  19. What if I feel I’ve been treated unfairly for any reason?
  20. How do I apply for graduation?

 

Please see also other FAQs and SFU's WQB requirements on our Resources & Links page.

Academic & Academic Requirements

1. I applied for admission to SFU as a psychology major. Do I need to see a psychology advisor?
Plan designations you made on your SFU application form are ‘intentions’ only. You must declare a psychology plan in the Psychology Department after you have commenced at SFU.

2. How do I declare a Psychology plan?
If you have met the minimum requirements for psychology plan admittance, please email a pdf of your Advising Transcript, sorted by subject, to the Undergraduate Advisor. Your advising transcript is available to you via SIS. Please be sure to include your SFU student number, full name, and specify which plan you wish to declare.

3. May I use a course from another Department toward my requirements for my Psychology program?
The Department of Psychology does not allow courses from other departments to be used towards psychology plan requirements. Any exceptions must be approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.

4. What SFU Calendar regulates my academic career?
The Calendar in effect when you took your first course at SFU regulates your degree. The Calendar in effect when you declared a psychology plan regulates that psychology plan. The Calendar is available at students.sfu.ca/calendar.

Course Repeats

5. How many duplicate courses may I complete at SFU?
You are permitted a total of five duplications (repeats) at SFU, and you may duplicate a specific course only once. Duplications taken at other institutions before arriving at SFU are not counted, however if you repeat a course at SFU which you already took elsewhere that does count as a repeat. Exceptions are rarely granted, and must be approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and/or by the Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

6. If I duplicate a course, how are my GPAs calculated?
The higher mark is used to calculate your GPAs. The other mark remains on the transcript, but is not calculated in GPAs. Note that a mark from another institution cannot supercede an SFU grade.

Registrations & Withdrawals

7. If a course is full, is there a wait list?
The Psychology Department activates waitlists for full courses only if the course does not have labs/tutorials.

8. When can I register in upper division psychology courses?
Registration in upper division psychology courses is restricted. Students who have declared a psychology plan (eg. minor, major) can register on their registration date. Students who have not declared a psychology plan can register from the open enrollment date.

9. May I register for a course if I do not have the prerequisites?
Students may request a prerequisite waiver from the instructor teaching the course. If you have requested the waiver by email, please forward the professor’s email to the Undergraduate Advisor. All prerequisite waivers are entered into SIS on the open enrollment date. A prerequisite waiver does not guarantee students a seat in the course.

10. How do I add a course, or swap a tutorial, during week 1 of classes?
All adds, drops, swaps etc. are done by the student via SIS. For help using SIS, please see http://students.sfu.ca/advising-support/help-videos.html.

11. How do I add a course, or swap a tutorial, during week 2 of classes?
SIS closes to adds and swaps at the end of week 1 of classes. If a space becomes available in week 2, and if you have been attending classes, you may contact the Undergraduate Advisor to enquire about being added into the course. – Note that adds in week 2 are not possible for all courses. Any adds in week 2 are handled on a first-come first-served basis.

12. How can I drop a course?
Students may be able to drop a course on the SIS during the first few weeks of classes. Students must consult the current Undergraduate Schedule for the course add/drop deadlines, refunds, penalties, and notations. You may also consult the Registration section of the Calendar (see students.sfu.ca/calendar). For information on withdrawal due to extenuating circumstances, please see http://students.sfu.ca/advising/academic/withdrawals.html withdrawals.

Transfer Credit

13. How many credits can I transfer?
Under a Bachelor of Arts, students can have a maximum of 60 transfer credits, including a maximum of 15 upper division credits.  Refer to the SFU Calendar (students.sfu.ca/calendar) for further information regarding transfer credit. Students who wish to attend a university outside of Canada are advised to contact SFU International for further information (see http://www.sfu.ca/international). There are special transfer credit regulations for students on an approved Foreign Exchange Program.

14. How can I find out whether a course will transfer to SFU?
Most BC college courses have been articulated at the BC universities and are listed in the BC Transfer Guide (http://www.bccat.bc.ca). Students who have completed courses at universities or colleges outside of BC can contact Admissions in Student Services to ask whether and how a course has been articulated at SFU. Students transferring courses to SFU should be prepared to submit the detailed course syllabus for each course they wish to transfer to SFU.

15. What does it mean if I received transfer credit labeled PSYC 2xx? PSYC 3xx?
If a course did not have the same content as a course at SFU, you may still be able to obtain transfer credit. PSYC 1xx or 2xx means you have been given lower division credit, and PSYC 3xx or 4xx means you have been given upper division credit in the Psychology Department.

16. What does it mean if I received transfer credit labeled GE 1xx?
GE is general credit. The course did not map into a department at SFU, but you have nevertheless been given lower division credit towards your degree.

17. May I take a course at another institution if I am already registered or have completed courses at SFU?
Yes, however you must apply for a Letter of Permission (http://students.sfu.ca/pdfcentral) if you wish to complete a course for transfer credit. A Letter of Permission may take 6 to 8 weeks to process. Many schools require that you have an approved Letter of Permission prior to allowing you to register at their school. It is advisable to apply early for a Letter of Permission. Please see information at (http://www.fass.sfu.ca/undergraduate/advising/lop)

Appeals

18. How do I appeal a grade?
Before commencing an appeal, you must read the policies and procedures related to grades and appeals, see www.sfu.ca/policies/teaching/t20-01.htm. Please be aware that if you request a grade appeal, your course work may receive the same grade, a lower grade or a higher grade after re-evaluation.

Briefly, the steps are:

  1. Discuss your concerns with the course instructor.
  2. If you feel that the grade was unfairly awarded, you may submit an appeal in writing to the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Psychology Department. You must submit all original marked assignments.
  3. If you feel the Department’s decision was inappropriate, you may submit an appeal in writing to the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. The decision of the Dean is final, subject only to an appeal to Senate.

19. What if I feel I’ve been treated unfairly for any reason?
For concerns regarding grade appeals or any other matter, you may wish to contact the Ombuds Office, see http://www.sfu.ca/ombudsperson.

Graduation

20. How do I apply for graduation?
Students can apply for graduation via goSFU. If you have withdrawn your application, or if it has been denied, you must re-apply online. Please see http://www.sfu.ca/convocation/students/howtoapply.html and http://students.sfu.ca/deadlines/#graduation.

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