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Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Overview

Note: The UBC Okanagan campus also offers a B.Sc. Major in Psychology.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Psychology provides a strong foundation for advanced training that can lead to a career in Psychology or other professions.

Students gain a broad perspective in Psychology with courses in such diverse areas as biopsychology, cognitive, developmental, social, personality, and clinical psychology. In addition, students gain an understanding and appreciation of the empirical method as it is applied across the discipline.

Students intending to pursue graduate studies in Psychology are advised to consider taking the Honours Program because many Canadian universities expect potential graduate students to have completed an Honours degree (or equivalent).

Students are encouraged to declare their major in Psychology at the end of their first year. To be admitted to the major program, students must successfully complete both PSYO 111 and 121 (or equivalent) and a minimum of 24 credits. To continue as a Psychology Major, a student must complete both PSYO 270 and 271 (or equivalent); these courses should be completed in second year.

Program Learning Outcomes:  

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:  

1. Knowledge Base  

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology  
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology's content domains  
  • Describe applications of psychology  

2. Scientific Inquiry & Critical thinking  

  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena  
  • Demonstrate psychology information literacy  
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving  
  • Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research  
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry  

3. Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World  

  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice  
  • Build and enhance interpersonal relationships  
  • Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels  

4. Communication  

  • Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes  
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes  
  • Interact effectively with others  

5. Professional Development  

  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals  
  • Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation  
  • Refine project-management skills  
  • Enhance teamwork capacity  
  • Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation  

B.A. Major in Psychology  

Degree Requirements   
 

Major in PsychologyCredits
Foundational Requirements21
Distribution Requirements12
Program Requirements48
300/400-level Electives outside of PSYO18
Electives any level21
Total Credits                                                                  120

Program Requirements
 

First Year – Required CoursesCredits
PSYO 1113
PSYO 1213
Total credits                                                                   6
Second Year – Required CoursesCredits
PSYO 2703
PSYO 271                                           3
Total credits                                                                    6

Note: It is recommended to take PSYO 220 (a required prerequisite for upper-level courses in the developmental breadth area) and additional PSYO courses in second year.

Second, Third, and Fourth Years – Breadth Requirement and Electives  Credits
PSYO 200-level of higher6
PSYO 300/400-level (or higher) credits30
Total credits36

Note: At least 12 of these 36 credits must be taken across psychology breadth areas: three credits in each of the four breadth areas. See Psychology Major Breadth Area Requirement below. Students may take more than 3 credits within an area requirement.  

 
Program Requirement Total Credits48

 

Psychology Major Breadth Area Requirement   
Of the 36 elective credits in the Program Requirements table, students must take at least one 3-credit course from each of the four breadth areas1:   
Cognitive & Behavioural Neuroscience: at least 3 credits of PSYO 219, 230, 310, 311, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 334, 3352, 43523
Developmental: at least 3 credits of PSYO 220, 321, 322, 323, 4203
Mental Health & Wellness: at least one of PSYO 280, 3352, 343, 346, 348, 3492, 3572, 4352, 440  3
Social Psychology & Personality: at least one of PSYO 241, 252, 3492, 353, 354, 355, 356, 3572  3
Breadth Area PSYO Electives12

1 Relevant special topics courses (PSYO 380/480) may be used to meet breadth area requirements with permission from the program advisor.  

2 Courses that are listed in two breadth areas can only be used to meet the breadth requirement for one or the other area, not both areas simultaneously.  

Note: Not all Psychology courses are offered each year. Some courses are offered in alternate years, and some may not be offered for several years. Students are advised to check the current schedule of course offerings.

B.A. Psychology Honours Program

Overview

The Honours degree program enables high-achieving students in the Psychology Major to increase their concentration in Psychology and to gain research experience in the completion of an Honours thesis. Students are expected to satisfy high levels of competency in their academic achievement and to successfully complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Admission Requirements

  • Fourth-year standing;
  • Minimum weighted average of 76% from all courses in Psychology;
  • Minimum weighted average of 76% over the last 60 credits;
  • Preliminary thesis topic approved by a thesis supervisor (note: the department head must approve the thesis supervisor);
  • Completion of PSYO 372 and PSYO 373 with a minimum of 76% in each of these courses.

Degree Requirements
 

Honours in PsychologyCredits
Foundational Requirements21
Distribution Requirements12
Program Requirements54
300/400-level Electives outside of PSYO18
Electives any level15
Total Credits120

Program Requirements

 

First Year – Required CoursesCredits
PSYO 1113
PSYO 1213
Total credits                                      6
Second Year – Required CoursesCredits
PSYO 2703
PSYO 271                                           3
Total credits6

Note: It is recommended to take additional PSYO courses focusing on Honours Breadth Area pre-requisites, including PSYO 220 (a required prerequisite for the developmental breadth area) in Second Year.

Third Year – Required CoursesCredits
PSYO 37233
PSYO 37333
Total credits                                      6
Fourth Year – Required CourseCredits
PSYO 4906
Third and Fourth Years – Breadth Requirement and Electives  Credits
PSYO electives 300/400-level (or higher) credits30

Note: At least 12 of these 30 credits must be taken across psychology breadth areas: three credits in each of the four breadth areas. See Psychology Honours Breadth Area Requirement below. Students may take more than 3 credits within an area requirement.  

 
Program Requirement total Credits54

3 PSYO 372 and PSYO 373 must be completed before admission to the Honours Program, with a minimum of 76% in each of these courses.  


 

Psychology Honours Breadth Area Requirement   
Of the 30 elective 300/400-level credits, students must take at least one 3-credit course from each of the four breadth areas4:   
Cognitive & Behavioural Neuroscience: at least one of PSYO 310, 311, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 334, 3355, 4355  3
Developmental: at least one of PSYO 321, 322, 323, 420  3
Mental Health & Wellness: at least one of PSYO 3355, 343, 346, 348, 3495, 3575, 4355, 440  3
Social Psychology & Personality: at least one of PSYO 3495, 353, 354, 355, 356, 3575  3
Breadth Area PSYO Electives12

4 Relevant special topics courses (PSYO 380/480) may be used to meet breadth area requirements with permission from the program advisor.  

5 Courses that are listed in two breadth areas can only be used to meet the breadth requirement for one or the other area, not both areas simultaneously. 

Graduation Requirements

  • All requirements for the Psychology Major;
  • Completion of PSYO 372 (Research Methods and Statistics), PSYO 373 (Advanced Research Methods and Statistics), and 6 credits of PSYO 490 (Undergraduate Honours Thesis and associated seminar) with a minimum of 76% in each of these courses;
  • Minimum weighted average of 76% from all courses in Psychology;
  • Minimum weighted average of 76% over the last 60 credits;
  • Public presentation of the thesis; and
  • A minimum of 54 credits of Psychology, of which 42 must be upper-level courses.

Minor in Psychology

To complete a Minor in Psychology, students must accumulate no fewer than 30 credits in Psychology out of the 120 credits required for the B.A. degree. At least 18 of these credits must be numbered 300 or above.

 


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