IB, AP, or Transfer Credit

The Registrar’s Office should have provided you with information regarding which Acadia university-level courses you have been given credit for.  Be sure you know this information, and contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions. 

If you have been granted credit for both Psyc 1013 and Psyc 1023, then you can skip the Introductory Psychology requirement.  You are now free to register in second-year Psychology courses.  Register in the required course Psyc 2013 X1 and Psyc 2023 X2 (Research Design and Analysis), along with the accompanying lab section, Psyc 2010L/2020L (choose whichever lab sections fit your schedule best each term. You do not have to register in the same lab section each term). If you do not yet have credit for it, register in your required Statistics courses (click here for more information). If you have credit for Math 1213/1223 (or equivalent) then you can skip the Statistics requirement. 

Note that you can register in Psyc 2013/2023 even if you do not yet have credit for the Statistics courses, as the Statistics course serves as either a pre-requisite OR a co-requisite for this course). Also note, however, that the system sometimes has trouble recognizing co-requisites. If you try to register for Psyc 2013/2023 at the same time as your statistics courses, the system might tell you that you can’t, because you haven’t completed statistics yet.  If that happens, e-mail Heather (heather.turner@acadiau.ca) and let her know which sections of 2013/2023, plus labs, you want to register for.  She will put you in the courses. 

You can also register in other second-year Psychology courses, if desired.  You may wish to start fulfilling your Psychology breadth requirements. Sometime before you graduate, we ask you to take at least one course from each of three lists, representing three different subareas of psychology, just to make sure you sample all the different areas of psychology, and don’t get too specialized too quickly.  When choosing which of these courses to take, look ahead to see which Psychology courses you will want to take at the 3000/4000 level, and choose second-year courses that serve as pre-requisites to those upper-year courses.  Click here and scroll down the page to find the “Requirements for Psychology majors” page, to get an overview of Psychology requirements each year.  You might also want to look over the requirements for our Honours, Neuroscience, or Applied Options. As you’ll see, planning to take those programs will not affect your course choices much in your second year, but you might want to look ahead; if you do plan to enter those programs, it will affect your course selections in third and fourth year, and therefore the pre-requisite courses you will want to have in your second year.

If you have credit for Psyc 1013 only, not Psyc 1023, then be sure to register for Psyc 1023 this year.  You normally cannot register for any other Psychology courses at the 2000+ level unless you have completed both Psyc 1013 and 1023.  If you wish, however, you could contact the instructor of the second-year Psychology courses you are interested in, and see if the instructor is willing to give you special permission to take the second-year course without the Introductory Psychology pre-requisite.  It is completely up to the instructor’s discretion as to whether he or she is willing to do so.  Ask politely, and be sure to provide any relevant information that might factor in to the professor’s decision (we can check all this, so be honest!).  In general, permission to waive the Intro Psyc pre-requisite is more likely to be granted if some or all of the following conditions hold: (a) you are a strong student overall; (b) you performed well in the first half of Intro Psyc; (c) your Intro Psyc course included background in the area of psychology relevant to the course you’re trying to get into; (d) the second-year course is not yet full; (e) you have second-year standing at Acadia (i.e., transferred from another university, or have IB credits for a full year of university, meaning you will be behind your peers who were able to take Intro Psyc in their first year); and (f) you are planning to pursue honours, a double major, or some other program beyond the basic major, that might make it more challenging for you to fill all your requirements in time if you cannot start your second-year courses this year.

If you are transferring in from St. Mary’s, some CEGEP institutions, or anywhere else that only offers a one-term Introductory Psychology course, note that your one-term Introductory Psychology course will have transferred in as a general Psychology credit (e.g., Psyc 9013), not as Introductory Psychology. We will still ask you to take our Introductory Psychology course (Psyc 1013/1023; click here for details).  Some of it will be review for you, but a one-term Introductory course has to skip many sub-areas of psychology, and can’t go into much depth in any area.  We want you to have at least a basic grounding in all areas of Psychology, so ask you to take our more in-depth Introductory Psychology course.  However, you will be given blanket permission to take any second-year psychology courses at the same time as you are taking Introductory Psychology.  Contact Heather Turner, explain your situation, and let her know which second-year courses you would like to register for.  She will give you permission within the system to register for those courses, without having to get special permission from each course instructor.

After determining your status regarding Intro Psyc and Statistics, go back and follow the rest of the advice in these steps, regarding choosing courses to fulfill your minor, your Arts Core (if applicable), and choosing electives.  Note that if you are a BA student, you might have already received credit for some courses that will help fulfill your Arts Core requirements.  Work on filling in the rest.  Remember, if you have been given credit for a first-year course in a given area, then you can probably start taking upper-level courses in that area if you wish, either to work on your minor or as additional electives.  Be sure to look ahead and see what upper-year courses your course allows you to register in; you may possibly need to take additional courses.  For example, if you were given credit for ENGL 1213/1223, then you can use it to fulfill your English requirement for Science, or your Arts Core English requirement for Arts (you’ll learn more about these requirements in later steps).  However, ENGL 1213/1223 does not allow you to register in any English courses at the 2000 + level; you’ll have to take ENGL 1413/1423 if plan on taking any more English courses at Acadia. 

Note that in some cases there is flexibility in terms of transfer credits.  For example, you may believe you have already taken a course that sounds equivalent to an Acadia course, but did not get specific transfer credit for that course.  Just as an example, you may have taken a course that sounds, to you, very similar to Psyc 2103, Social Psychology, at Acadia, but it was transferred in as a general elective course, Psyc 9013. It is fine to politely query the Registrar’s Office as to why the course was not deemed equivalent to Psyc 2103.  With a bit of follow-up information from you (e.g., a detailed course outline), the Registrar’s Office representative might decide, in consultation with the course instructor, that the course is in fact equivalent to Psyc 2103.  That would allow you to count your transfer course towards your breadth requirements in Psychology, and use it to gain admission to any upper-year courses that have Psyc 2103 as a pre-requisite.  Even if the course is not deemed fully equivalent, it might still be close enough for some purposes. For example, if you ask politely and send them information about the course you took, profs in upper-year courses might decide the course you took is adequate preparation for admission to their upper-year course.  It doesn’t hurt to ask, but do so politely, and provide as much information as you can to help people make their decisions.  We can’t know what was involved in every course in every institution across the country.

Finally, if you are planning to take additional courses in a particular area (e.g., as a minor), you may wish to contact the department to get their advice regarding the acceptability of your course as a pre-requisite for upper-year classes.  For example, we in Psychology have found that IB or AP Intro Psyc courses tend to provide adequate preparation for upper-level psychology courses.  Some other disciplines, however, have found that IB/AP students are not adequately prepared for some upper-year courses, and may recommend that you retake the introductory-level course at Acadia (you can still usually use your IB/AP credits as general electives). When in doubt, check with the department in question.