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What Courses Would I Need? - March 4th 2016, 08:05 PM

I want to be an experimental psychologist (ie: the kind that does research as opposed to the kind with patients) and definitely want to get a PhD. What high school courses would I need to take? (I'm in Canada, if that affects anything.)

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Re: What Courses Would I Need? - March 5th 2016, 08:36 AM

Hey Dawn! Fellow Canadian over here.

What university are you going for?

First you have to pinpoint the program and university that you want to get into. Based on your desired profession, I'd say that you should probably be aiming for psychology (but you should talk to your high school counsellor to get advice from someone who's supposed to know the specifics).

Also, I wouldn't worry about the 'experimental' part just yet. You first need to obtain an undergraduate degree in a general field (such as psychology). Once you go for your masters and PhD, you'll have a chance of specifying the career path you're aiming for.

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Re: What Courses Would I Need? - March 5th 2016, 01:22 PM

I'm not Canadian, but there should be some overlap. My high school offered psychology as a senior elective, I also took child development. They weren't required to get into college, but were definitely a huge help. When you apply fot college, look for schools that require an undergrad thesis and/or extra research opportunities. PhD programs here don't actually require bachelor's in psych, but that would probably be the better way to go.

Also, if you haven't already, look at this page (Canadian Psychological Association Student Resources) http://www.cpa.ca/students/resources/

and this document (PDF) http://www.cpa.ca/cpasite/UserFiles/...202009_Web.pdf

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