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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.47 Psychology
4.47 Psychology
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

BA in Psychology with Co-operative Education

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology

BSc in Psychology with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Psychology

BA Honours in Psychology with Co-operative Education*

BSc Honours in Psychology

BSc Honours in Psychology with Co-operative Education*

Combined Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation (BCR)/BA or BSc in Psychology

*Must complete all work terms prior to beginning the honours program

Related Interdisciplinary Degrees (See separate listings):

BSc Honours in Neuroscience (Faculty of Science)

Note:

  • A Minor is offered in Psychology
  • A Minor in Speech-Language Sciences is available to students majoring Psychology
Introduction

Psychology is both a science and a profession. As scientists, psychologists work in a variety of settings like universities, hospitals, government, and corporations and carry out both basic and applied research. As a profession, psychology includes a number of different types of practitioners who apply psychological knowledge to solve personal, social, and practical problems. These include clinical psychologists who specialize in the identification and treatment of psychological disorders but also provide psychological assessments, health-related services, and psychological interventions. Practitioners also include industrial/organizational psychologists who work in recruitment, selection, training, and other business practice areas. Career options depend on students’ goals and interests and the level and type of training acquired. With a BA or BSc, students may find employment in a variety of settings and a range of occupations such as human resources manager, addictions counsellor, researcher, consultant, case worker, etc. A degree in psychology can also be the first step in the pursuit of a variety of careers in fields that require an undergraduate degree such as law, medicine, management, social work, speech pathology, and audiology. Students wishing to work as a clinical or counselling psychologist will require additional university training in Psychology beyond the BA or BSc degree. Students wishing to take a Psychology degree that emphasizes the social sciences and humanities should register for the BA degree; those who wish to emphasize the biological and natural sciences should register for the BSc degree. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in Psychology should consider the Psychology BA or BSc Honours Program.

Contact Information

Website: arts.ucalgary.ca/psychology.

For Program Advice

Students should consult an undergraduate program advisor in the Arts Students' Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising.

Admission to the Major

Prospective students must meet the criteria listed in section A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements of this Calendar.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.3.2 Honours Degrees are applicable and provide the overall framework.

Psychology Majors are eligible to apply for Honours upon completion of at least 72 units, with at least one lab course (i.e., 3 units from Psychology 400, 415, 425, 427, 430, 435, 478, 504, or 505).

Due to high demand, the qualifying grade point average for eligibility for admission to Honours Psychology is typically set higher than the minimum 3.30 level for the Faculty of Arts. When this is the case, the qualifying average for the following year is announced on the Department website by October 1. For the purpose of admission to Honours, a student's grade point average is calculated over the most recent course work to a maximum of 60 units inclusive of courses from other institutions as well as the University of Calgary.

Psychology Majors must apply through their Student Centre for a change of program to Honours no later than January 23 of the year prior to their final year. Admission is contingent on the availability of an eligible thesis supervisor, as well as the availability of the resources (laboratory space, equipment, etc.) needed to complete the thesis. Students are encouraged to consult with the Psychology Advisor well before the January 23 deadline to determine their eligibility.

Courses and Registration

Registration in 400- and 500-level Psychology courses is restricted to Psychology Majors.

Overlapping Programs

Programs in Psychology cannot be taken in conjunction with programs in Neuroscience. This restriction applies to Major-plus-Minor combinations, Double Majors, Combined Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees. A Psychology major with a Minor in Speech-Language Sciences may not be combined with a Minor in Linguistics. A Linguistics major with a Minor in Speech-Language Sciences may not be combined with a Minor in Psychology.

Courses Constituting the Field of Psychology

All courses labelled Psychology (PSYC)*.

*Students may count a maximum of 3 units from Psychology 400 toward their degree requirements.

Note: While Psychology 203 may be taken for overall degree credit, it does not count toward the minimum requirements for the Major or Honours in Psychology.