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Psychology: Bachelor of Arts Minor


Psychology is the science of human behaviour and mental processes. The Minor in Psychology complements students' studies in a wide range of disciplines and broadens their career preparation. Students acquire an understanding and application of the basic principles of psychology as well as a background in the scientific methods used to describe, predict, understand, and explain human behaviour. Whether you are in Criminology and interested in forensic psychology, in Education and interested in developmental processes, or in Biology and interested in neuroscience, you can find courses to provide breadth and depth to complement your primary major while providing insight into the understanding of psychology.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Psychology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Psychology Minor

Students must complete the following requirements for the Psychology Minor:

1000 and 2000 Level

Students are required to complete all of the following courses:
  PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes 3 credits
  PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications 3 credits
  PSYC 2300 Applied Statistics 3 credits
  PSYC 2315 Brain and Behaviour 3 credits
  PSYC 2385 Cognition 3 credits
  PSYC 2400 Experimental Psychology: Research Methodology 3 credits
And at least 1 course from the following list:
  PSYC 2308 History & Systems of Contemporary Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 2320 Developmental Psychology: Childhood 3 credits
  PSYC 2321 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence 3 credits
  PSYC 2322 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood 3 credits
  PSYC 2330 Social Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 2350 Psychopathology 3 credits
  PSYC 2370 Psychology of Personality 3 credits

3000 AND 4000 LEVEL

Psychology courses at the 3000 level are accessible to all students who have completed Introductory Psychology 1100 and 1200, plus any additional prerequisite course indicated.

Courses at the 4000 level will require prerequisites at the 2000 and possibly 3000 level.

Students are required to complete at least one (1) course from each of the following five core areas:
  1. Biopsychology:
  PSYC 3320 Drugs and Behaviour 3 credits
  PSYC 3910 Neuropsychology 3 credits
  PSYC 4315 Neuroscience 3 credits
  2. Cognitive:
  PSYC 3215 Psychology of Memory 3 credits
  PSYC 3303 Learning: Theory & Practice 3 credits
  PSYC 3311 Psychology of Consciousness 3 credits
  PSYC 3800 Evolutionary Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 4210 Critical Thinking 3 credits
  3. Developmental:
  PSYC 3316 Infancy 3 credits
  PSYC 3920 Aging 3 credits
  4. Social / Personality
  PSYC 3210 Attitudes and Persuasion 3 credits
  PSYC 3220 Group Dynamics 3 credits
  PSYC 3307 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 3370 Advanced Personality Theory 3 credits
  PSYC 3451 Psychology and Law 3 credits
  PSYC 4700 Cultural Psychology 3 credits
  5. Clinical / Abnormal
  PSYC 3350 Advanced Topics in Psychopathology 3 credits
  PSYC 3450 Clinical Psychotherapy 3 credits
  PSYC 3600 Health Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 4350 Developmental Psychopathology 3 credits

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Psychology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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