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Psychology Major, Bachelor of Arts

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,260

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

You’ll scientifically study thought, feeling and behaviour. Gain critical thinking skills, and be able to analyze and interpret diverse sets of data.

  • Change through education is at the centre of our Psychology Major. By participating in classroom discussions, readings, guided research and independent study, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools needed to analyze psychological and biological processes and more.
  • You’ll explore selected topics in contemporary psychology, including intelligence, development, personality, social psychology, emotion, motivation, and psychopathology. Gain conceptual and practical knowledge of the types of data analysis most commonly used in psychology.
  • Consider the relationship between psychological and biological processes. The anatomy of the brain and neutral activity as well as the endocrine system as it relates to the sensory and motor abilities, learning and memory, language, motivation, states of consciousness and sexual behaviour.
  • You’ll examine the major theories of personality formation, including psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic, and behavioural approaches. You’re provided an opportunity to relate this material to personal growth and development.
  • Study psychopathology from historical, contemporary and cross cultural perspectives. Consider evolving models and issues including biological, psychological, and social behavioural approaches to assessment, causes, and treatment of a wide range of disordered behaviour.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses)

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024

Open admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

Admission to each major program may have specific requirements.

  • Recommended: Foundations of Mathematics 11 or higher is strongly recommended for students pursuing Education or a major in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology or Psychology
  • All students in the psychology major are required to complete PSYC 1110, 1210, 2100, 2110 and 2040.
  • Students intending to major in psychology must see both a Psychology Major Advisor and a BA Program Advisor. The Major Advisor will assist each student in selecting courses that will satisfy the major program requirements. The BA Advisor will then ensure that all additional BA degree requirements are met.

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • High school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing their BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Students who do not qualify for mature student status can apply for the TRU University
  • Preparation program to complete their BC High School Graduation Diploma.
  • To graduate with a major in psychology, students are required to complete a minimum of 54 credits of Psychology courses, comprised of 21 lower-level credits (7 courses) and 33 upper-level credits (11 courses), as described below.
  • In addition to the requirements for the major in Psychology, students are expected to complete requirements for the BA degree. (120 credits)
  • Students will complete PSYC4280 - the Psychology Capstone - during the last 30 credits of their degree.
  • Students must also complete the University's General Education requirements, including the completion of the capstone course, which must be taken in the final 30 credits of study.

Lower level required courses (15.00 Credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology 1 (3  cr)
  • Introduction to Psychology 2 (3  cr)
  • Analysis of Psychological Data (3  cr)
  • Intro to Research Methods (3  cr)
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology (3 cr)
  • 6 credits chosen from the following 2000 level courses: (6.00 Credits)
  • Introduction to Personality (3  cr)
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (3  cr)
  • Intro to Abnormal Psychology (3  cr)
  • Introduction to Cognition (3  cr)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (3  cr)
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (3 cr)

Lower level elective Psychology courses

Students may self-select from the following other 2000-level courses, not required for the Major: (0)

  • Drugs and Behaviour (3  cr)
  • Human Sexuality (3  cr)
  • Research Apprenticeship (3  cr)

Upper level requirements (Credits)

Students majoring in Psychology will complete 33 upper level credits in Psychology distributed as follows: (0  cr)

  • Psychology capstone (under development) (3 cr)

Category A (minimum 6 credits)

Student complete at least 6 credits from courses designated Category A from the following list: (0  cr)

  • Psychiatric Clinical Disorders (3 cr)
  • Disorders Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Infancy (3  cr)
  • Psychological Testing (3  cr)
  • Social Psychology (6  cr)
  • Clinical Psychology (6  cr)
  • Clinical Psychology: Theories and Systems of Psychotherapy (3  cr)
  • Health Psychology (3  cr)
  • Childhood and Adolescence (3  cr)
  • Personality (3  cr)
  • Adulthood and Aging (3  cr)
  • Community Psychology (3  cr)
  • Psychology of Language 1 (3  cr)
  • Psychology of Emotion (3  cr)
  • Psychology and the Law (3  cr)
  • Forensic Psychology (3  cr)
  • Special Topics in Psychology 2 (3  cr)

Category B (minimum 6 credits) (Credits)

Student complete at least 6 credits from courses designated Category B from the following list: (0  cr)

  • Principles of Animal Behaviour (6  cr)
  • Conditioning and Behavioural Control (3  cr)
  • Human Neuropsychology (3  cr)
  • Visual Processes (3  cr)
  • Auditory, Tactile, and Chemical Processes (3  cr)
  • Cognition: Attention and Memory (3  cr)
  • Cognition: Language and Thought (3  cr)
  • Psychopharmacology (3  cr)
  • Neuroscience of Motivation & Emotion (3  cr)
  • Neuroscience of Learning and Memory (3  cr)
  • Special Topics in Psychology 1 (3  cr)

Other upper level courses

Students majoring in Psychology will complete the remaining 18 upper level required credits by choosing from courses from Category A or Category B or the following options: (0  cr)

  • History & System of Psychology (3  cr)
  • Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology (3  cr)
  • Advanced Topics in Psychology (3  cr)
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Psychology (3  cr)

Upper level elective Psychology courses

Students may self-select from the following other 4000-level courses, not required for the Major: (0  cr)

  • Directed Studies in Psychology (3 - 6  cr)
  • Tuition $448.65
  • Fees $191.91
  • Books and supplies Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $790.72

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