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Psychology (BSc)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

October 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

The Bachelor of Science Major/Minor in Psychology places an increased emphasis on the role of biological factors in psychological phenomena. In particular, core courses/subject areas have been selected to develop a broad understanding of nervous system structure and function and its relation to normal behaviour in humans and nonhuman animals as well as its involvement in disease processes. 

The program should be of particular interest and value to students interested in health-related professional programs (e.g., medicine, chiropractic, optometry, physiotherapy, etc.) or graduate studies in psychology, neuroscience, or other areas of the life sciences. Small class sizes in the program enhance student opportunities for interactions with faculty and participation in laboratory research or other applied activities.

There is strong faculty expertise/interest in sleep and biological rhythms, learning and memory, sensory physiology, evolutionary psychology, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology, with associated active laboratories using techniques including electroencephalography, immunohistochemistry, and video behavioral analysis. The Psychology Department stresses hands-on learning and encourages student involvement in research and other applied activities either through course work or individual faculty supervision.

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2023

General admission requirements apply.

  • A minimum "B" grade in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12.

Year 1

  • Introductory Zoology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

Select one of the following pairs:

  • Chemistry Fundamentals I
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Calculus I and Calculus II
  • Calculus for Engineering and Physical Sciences I
  • Calculus for Engineering and Physical Sciences II
  • Contemporary Psychology I
  • Contemporary Psychology II

Year 2

  • Principles of Cell Biology
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • Physics for the Physical Sciences I
  • Computer Science I
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Biopsychology I)

Years 3 and 4

  • Genetics
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology I
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology II
  • Introduction to Biopsychology II
  • Introduction to Neuropsychology I
  • Experimental Neuroscience
  • Drugs and Behaviour - Basic Principles
  • Clinical Neuropharmacology and Therapeutics

Select four of the following electives:

  • Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Experimental Neuroscience II
  • Learning Theory and Behaviour Change
  • Drugs and Behaviour - Basic Principles
  • Sleep and Biological Rhythms
  • Applied Methods in Psychology
  • Introduction to Human Neuropsychology II
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuropharmachology and Therapeutics
  • Selected Topics in Psychology: Human Brain Disorders
  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 

(Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.) 1,500.00

  • Total 7,042.26

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