Information About Lab and Seminar Courses

ATTENTION:  3rd and 4th year PSY Specialists and Research Specialists

Both the PSY Specialist and Research Specialist programs require that all students complete a 300-level lab half-course (0.5 FCE max.), and the Specialist program requires that students also complete two 400-level seminar half-courses (1.0 FCE max.).  Starting in the spring/summer of 2022, the Department of Psychology will be moving to a new registration system called Course Match to ensure that 3rd and 4th+ year PSY Specialists and Research Specialists are able to enrol in the required number of labs and seminars needed for program completion.  To best match up the available classes with students’ preferences and to ensure that you can complete your PSY program requirements to graduate on time, we need you to rank in order your preferred lab (3rd and 4th year students) and preferred seminar courses (4th+ year students). 

Note:  Research Specialist students are not required to complete any 400-level seminar courses for their program, so they will not be able to pre-enrol into any through Course Match.  However, Research Specialists will have priority access to enrol in the remaining open spots when ACORN registration begins on July 11, 2022.  

Between June 1 and June 19, 2022, please go to this website and rank your course preference:  Login will be based on your UTORid.  The site will be open and available until June 19, 2022.  You can modify your course preferences/ranking anytime from June 1 and June 19, 2022.  Eligible students will also receive an email with instructions on how to use Course Match.  This email will be sent out in late-May.

PDF iconA-Guide-to-Using-Course-Match.pdf

Information on 2022-23 lab and seminar offerings are available here:

PDF iconPsychology Lab Offerings 2022-23.pdf

PDF iconSeminar Descriptions 2022-23.pdf

*Course listings are subject to change without notice. 

Please Note:

  • To maximize your chances of securing a place in a course from your list of preferences, you are strongly advised by the Department to select as many courses you are interested in as possible. Do not select just one course as you may end up not getting any course through Course Match. 
  • All students must ensure they have the required prerequisites for the courses they have ranked in their preferences.  Do not assume that being able to register in a lab and/or seminar means that you have satisfied the prerequisites.  Prerequisites are not checked at the time of course enrolment, however, prerequisites will subsequently be checked by the Department in August/September and December/January and students enrolled in courses for which they do not have the published prerequisites in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar ( may have their registration in those courses cancelled at any time. The Department may not be able to assist you if you were assigned a space in a course for which you lacked the prerequisites and were subsequently removed from that course.
  • Students who have already completed the required 300-level lab and/or 400-level seminars courses needed for their PSY program completion will not have access to the website to rank course preference.
  • There is no guarantee you will receive your preferred course(s). The system will attempt to optimally match up students’ preferences with the available slots but there are many students to accommodate.
  • Students will be enrolled into their assigned course(s) on ACORN immediately before registration begins on July 11, 2022.
  • Starting July 11, 2022, students may enrol in (space permitting) or waitlist additional courses on ACORN (PSY Majors and Minors included). However please note that you cannot exceed the maximum number of lab (0.5) and seminars (1.0) allowed.  Non-PSY program students can request to take a lab or seminar, via email to, as long as the course is not full and the student has all of the prerequisites.  Enrolment for non-PSY students will not be available on ACORN.