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Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Psychology

Psychology Minor

Practicum & Honours

Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology
(BA Psychology)

BA Psychology

Description

Note: the first two years of our BA and our BAA are now identical. So you have the time to decide between the BA and BAA in that time.

Minimum Credits Required: 120

Course Requirements:

Highlights:

  • The Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology (BA Psychology) is a four-year program designed to provide graduates with substantive knowledge in the current core areas of academic psychology and research.
  • During the first wo years, the program will provide students with a rigorous, broad foundation in the liberal arts tradition, and expose students to the theoretical and methodological bases of psychology.
  • The third and fourth year emphasize a more in-depth exploration of the core areas of the discipline:
    • Biopsychology
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Social/Personality Psychology
    • Clinical/Abnormal Psychology
  • As KPU’s flagship Psychology degree program, the BA is a flexible degree that allows students to explore many different content areas of psychology as well as other areas within the social sciences and humanities.
  • Because of the flexibility of the program, BA students have the opportunity to consult with advisors, faculty and peers to determine their own degree specialization.
  • The emphasis is on transferrable skills, including critical thinking, writing, group work, and oral presentations.
  • Students also have the option of completing a workplace practicum coordinated by KPU and co-supervised by faculty and employers in relevant fields of employment.

Practicum:

Honours:

  • The Psychology Honours Program is offered for all three degrees BA, BAA, BSc.
  • Please see the Psychology Honours site.

Career Opportunities

BA Psychology graduates can be found working in such professions as:

  • Behavioural intervention
  • Clinic manager
  • Community support worker
  • Crisis services worker
  • Custom relations representatives
  • Educational program coordinator
  • group home coordinator
  • Human resource officer
  • Knowledge translation facilitator
  • Mental health support worker
  • Office managers
  • Probation officers
  • Property management
  • Research analyst
  • Residential counselor, youth counselor or School counselor
  • Training coordinator

Careers as practitioners of psychology (e.g., Psychologist or Counsellor) require further study at the graduate level and, to this end, the Honours program is available to students interested in pursuing graduate degrees. BA students who have completed the Honours program have gone on to graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Gerontology, Education, School Psychology, and Experimental Psychology, to name only a few examples.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
(BSc in Applied Psychology)

BSc in Applied Psychology

Description

Minimum Credits Required: 127

Course Requirements:

Highlights:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology is the most interdisciplinary program, rich in both psychology and natural sciences.
  • The degree is ideal for students interested in pursuing a health sciences career.
  • This is also the Psychology degree program most suited for students who have an interest in neuroscience, particularly at the graduate level.
  • The BSc is the most interdisciplinary of our psychology degrees, exposing students to biology, chemistry, math, and physics in addition to a broad array of psychology courses.
  • This degree is also very “hands-on” with students being exposed to lab and research experiences as well as developing technical writing skills and workplace expertise.
  • The degree was developed in close connection with employers in the field and community partners, and has an applied focus that prepares students for employment upon graduation, for research-focused graduate studies, or for entry into professional programs of study.
  • Many courses within this program have a lab component. The program takes a systems/ecological approach, recognizing the interrelationships between humans and their environments.
  • As part of their upper-level coursework, students will take courses across three main topical areas within Psychology:
    • Research skills;
    • Biological psychology; and
    • Health psychology.

Practicum:

Honours:

  • The Psychology Honours Program is offered for all three degrees BA, BAA, BSc.
  • Please see the Psychology Honours site.

Career Opportunities

BSc Psychology graduates can be found working in such professions as:

  • Clinical trial coordinator
  • Disability services advisor
  • Gerontology case manager
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical assistant
  • Mental health services worker
  • Neuropsychological assessment technician
  • Pharmaceutical sales rep
  • Program evaluation consultation
  • Vocational rehabilitation specialist

With completion of the Honours program, BSc students would also be well prepared for research focused graduate studies in neurosciences, psychology, public policy, kinesiology, special education, and post graduate programs in physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Psychology
(BAA Psychology)

BAA Psychology

Description

Note: the first two years of our BA and our BAA are now identical. So you have the time to decide between the BA and BAA in that time

Minimum Credits Required: 120

Course Requirements:

Highlights

  • The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Psychology (BAA Psychology) is a four-year program that emphasizes applied research and evaluation, technical communication, data literacy, and general workplace expertise.
  • Designed in close consultation with employers, the BAA Psychology provides students with a specific set of skills applicable in a wide variety of workplace and community settings that make graduates workplace-ready.
  • The program is also rigorous enough to prepare students for academic research.
  • During the first two years, the program will provide students with a rigorous, broad foundation in the liberal arts tradition, and expose students to the theoretical and methodological bases of psychology.
  • The third and fourth year concentrate on applications of psychology to modern community and workplace settings.
  • Required courses emphasize interpersonal skills, cultural awareness, teamwork and collaboration, design thinking, problem-solving, applied research, data collection, data analysis and technical communication.

Practicum:

Honours:

  • The Psychology Honours Program is offered for all three degrees BA, BAA, BSc.
  • Please see the Psychology Honours site.

Career Opportunities

BAA Psychology graduates can be found working in such professions as:

  • Autism behavioural interventionist
  • Border patrol officer
  • Data analyst
  • Health planning consultant
  • Health researcher
  • Human resources manager
  • Marketing researcher
  • Program evaluation consultant
  • Project management consultant
  • Psychological testing and crisis services
  • Research analyst
  • Research coordinator
  • Usability/UX researcher
  • Workplace safety officer

Graduates of the BAA (Psychology) with Honours have gone on to graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Gerontology, Education, School Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Public Policy, to name only a few areas. Students in the program should consult with an Arts Degree Advisor to select courses best suited to their career objectives.