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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

4 Years

Main Campus
The Program

Psychology is the scientific study of thought, emotion, and behaviour; with a focus on the dynamic interplay of biology and environment. Red Deer College offers both Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with the option of pursuing an Honours degree in either program. Students will acquire knowledge of various areas of specialization within Psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, developmental, clinical, neuro/biological, health); embedded within the program are themes of wellness and creative problem-solving. Experiential learning such as community service and applied research provide valuable hands-on exposure to the application of psychology to solve problems and create positive social impact.  Research in and application of psychology are valued within a wide variety of contexts such as universities, schools, hospitals, clinics, legal professions, corporations, and non-profit organisations. Skills developed by psychology students (e.g., critical thinking, academic writing, research and analysis, the scientific method, interpersonal communication, and emotional intelligence) prepare them for future employment in a wide variety of contexts, as well as for graduate level education in psychology or a related field, or for entry into professional programs (e.g., law and medicine).

At the end of the end of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Red Deer College, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the provisional nature, inherent complexity, and ambiguity of knowledge.
  2. Engage in scholarly inquiry to identify and investigate theoretical and applied questions using disciplinary methods and dissemination mechanisms.
  3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge in one or more specializations and integrate knowledge and perspectives across disciplinary boundaries.
  4. Demonstrate intellectual integrity and academic accountability.
  5. Reflect on diverse socio-cultural forces, and the importance of inclusive attitudes and practices.
  6. Analyse and interpret historical and contemporary events, texts, and data within and across disciplines.
  7. Demonstrate collaborative, independent, and inclusive attitudes and practices.
  8. Approach global and local issues from a critical and theoretically informed viewpoint.
  9. Recognize wellness as part of the human condition.
Program Content

The degree pathway for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is:

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete a minimum of 120 credits with at least (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted):

  • 102 Credits in Arts and Sciences minimum with a maximum of 72 Credits in Psychology
  • 45 Credits in Psychology (minimum) including:
    • PSYC 260
    • PSYC 261
    • PSYC 313
    • PSYC 314
    • PSYC 341
    • PSYC 353 OR PSYC 357
    • PSYC 375
    • PSYC 358 OR PSYC 369
    • PSYC 383 OR PSYC 389
    • PSYC 4705 
  • 9 Credits (3 courses) from PSYC 3201, PSYC 3301, PSYC 3401, PSYC 3501, PSYC 3601
  • 6 Credits (2 courses) of additional Psychology courses. Please Note: Honours Students must take: PSYC 305 and PSYC 4707 
  • 3 Credits ENGL 219
  • 9 credits Social Science (non-PSYC) university-level electives
  • 3 Credits Indigenous knowledge university-level elective
  • 3 Credits Wellness university-level elective
  • 9 Credits Humanities university-level electives
  • 9 Credits Science university-level electives for Bachelor of Arts
  • 24 Credits Arts and Science university-level electives for Bachelor of Arts to a minimum of 102 Credits in Arts and Science courses
  • 15 Credits in additional university-level electives to 120 credits required for graduation

Honours Requirements:

  • PSYC 4998 Honours Thesis/Seminar I (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4999 Honours Thesis/ Seminar II (3 Credits)
  • And, in place of 2 non-specified Psychology courses: PSYC 305 History of Psychology and PSYC 4707 Advanced Data Analysis
Transfer Features

Existing ACAT course transfers.

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