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Psychology: Associate of Arts Degree


The Associate Degree is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship, and an enriched life as an educated person, and to lay a solid foundation for further study in the field of Psychology.

Students with an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology who are interested in continuing their degree studies at KPU can apply for the Bachelor of Applied Arts, Psychology degree, a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology degree, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree, or a Minor in Psychology when combined with another bachelor’s degree program. Admission to these programs may require specific courses. For more information, please see the BA Major or Minor in Psychology and BAA or B.Sc. Psychology program descriptions.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Within the framework of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete at least 60 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course, including the following courses.

1. All of:
  PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes 3 credits
  PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications 3 credits
2. At least one of:
  PSYC 2315 Brain and Behaviour 3 credits
  PSYC 2385 Cognition 3 credits
3. At least one of:
  PSYC 2320 Developmental Psychology: Childhood 3 credits
  PSYC 2330 Social Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 2350 Psychopathology 3 credits
  PSYC 2370 Psychology of Personality 3 credits
4. Two of:
  PSYC 2300 Applied Statistics 3 credits
  PSYC 2308 History and Systems of Contemporary Psychology 3 credits
  PSYC 2321 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence 3 credits
  PSYC 2322 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood 3 credits
  PSYC 2375 Perception 3 credits
  PSYC 2400 Experimental Psychology: Research Methodology 3 credits
  PSYC 3307 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology 3 credits
  Any PSYC course listed in Section 2 or 3 above that has not been taken previously. 3 credits
Note: Students that are considering completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Psychology, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology following their Associate of Arts degree in Psychology should consult the curricular requirements for those programs when making their course selections. PSYC 2300, 2315 and 2385 may be required.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Associate 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:

  • 60

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2018

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