Statistics Requirement

We require all Psychology majors to take 6 hours (i.e., two 3-hr courses, combined to make one full-year course) in an acceptable statistics course.  This requirement MUST be fulfilled in either your first or your second year, as it must be offered as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite to a required second-year course in Research Design and Analysis (Psyc 2013).  We strongly recommend that you take your statistics course in your first year, if at all possible, as it will allow you to enter Psyc 2013 fully prepared.  If the Statistics course appears to be full when you go to register, check with Ms. Leanna McDonald, our departmental administrative assistant, who may possibly be able to squeeze you in (click here for more details).  However, if it is impossible to get into the Statistics course in your first year, it can be taken in your second year.  Don’t worry too much if this happens to you; many students switch into Psychology after their first year, so you certainly won’t be the only one taking Statistics in your second year.  If you do leave Statistics until your second year, you will need to choose two additional electives in your first year, to take the place of this course.  See the next step for advice on choosing those.

There are three different statistics courses available to fulfill your requirement:  Math 1213/1223, Math 2233/2243, and Math 2213/2223.  The majority of our students take Math 1213/1223 (Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences). It is the default course to choose if you’re just doing a straight psychology major.  It requires at least Grade 11 Academic Math as a pre-requisite. 

If you are considering possibly doing a double major in Psychology and Biology, then we recommend taking Math 2233/2243 (Statistics for the Life Sciences) instead, as this course can fulfill the statistics requirements for both Psychology and Biology.  This course requires at least Grade 12 Academic Math as a prerequisite.  Note that this course technically requires second-year standing, or permission of the Department Head.  If you wish to take Math 2233/2243 in your first year, contact our Department Head, Dr. Darlene Brodeur ( for permission.  She will grant that permission as a matter of course.  (This requirement is really aimed more at Biology majors).

The final acceptable statistics course, Math 2213/2223 (Applied Probability for Science and Engineering), requires university-level calculus (i.e., Math 1013/1023) as a prerequisite.  It is therefore not chosen very often by our students, but might be a good choice for some double-major combinations, or if you happen to be switching into psychology from another major that required this course.

Each term, you will need to register for both a lecture section and a lab section for your statistics course. The lecture sections will be numbered with the course numbers noted above; the lab sections will have a “0” substituted in for the final “3”, and will be labeled with the letter “L”.  For example, the lecture portion of the course is Math 1213; the corresponding lab portion of the course is Math 1210L.   Again, there will be multiple lecture sections and multiple lab sections available each term, designated by different letters (e.g. A1, B1, etc.). These different sections are all interchangeable; choose whichever ones end up fitting into your schedule the best.  It is fine to take different sections each term, or across terms.  For example, you might end up registering for Math 1213 B1 and Math 1210L D1 first term, and Math 1223 A2 and Math 1220L C2 second term. 

Note:  Just like Introductory Psychology, the first half of these statistics courses is sometimes offered again in the second term, for students who want to improve their grades, or who only need the first half of the course.  Do NOT register for these sections, as you must complete the first half of the course in the fall term, as a prerequisite to the second half of the course offered in the winter term.  You can recognize these courses because they will have the appropriate course number for the first half of the course, but the section number will have a “2” in it (indicating second term, or winter term), instead of a “1” (indicating first term, or fall term).  So, for example, Math 1213 A1 is offered in the fall term and is fine to take, but Math 1213 A2 is offered in the winter term, and would not be a good choice for you. But, Math 1223 A2 is not a problem, because it is the second half of the course, offered in the winter term, which is what you want to take after completing 1213 in the fall term.