Psychology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts)
The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology is a third-year entry program that provides you with a core background in psychological theory and research while integrating courses from areas in the workplace where psychology is typically applied. As with traditional psychology degrees, you will complete at least 30 upper-level credits in psychology courses.
If you intend to apply to this program, please contact the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology Coordinator within your first two years at Douglas for advisement on course selection, concentrations, career paths etc. Please note that you can only apply to the program after you have completed 60 credits of undergraduate coursework (typically an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science). See the admissions tab for courses you need to complete before applying to the program. Program acceptance will provide you with priority registration.
During your third and fourth years, you will focus on at least one 15- or 18-credit concentration in one of six areas where psychology is typically applied in the workplace:
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
- Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (18 credits)
- Applied Theory and Research
- Leadership and Management
For details on the concentrations, see the program requirements tab.
In addition to the 60 credits of first and second year coursework in the Associate of Arts, students must complete an additional 60 credits (120 total) of University Transfer coursework. A minimum of thirty (30) credits must be at the 3000-4000 level in Psychology, and a minimum of forty five (45) credits must be at the 3000-4000 level. Program requirements are as follows:
Important: At least 40% (48 credits) of all course work and 21 credits of Upper Level Psychology course work must be completed at Douglas College. University Transferrable Courses must transfer to one of the five Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC, or UVIC.
Required (Mandatory) Courses:
or PSYC 3308
Critical Issues in Psychology
History and Philosophy of Modern Psychology
An Introduction to Social Psychology
|PSYC 3390||Applications of Psychological Knowledge
(Service Learning & Research)
|PSYC 3320||Child Behavior and Development||3 credits|
|PSYC 3321||Adolescent Psychology||3 credits|
|PSYC 3322||Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging||3 credits|
|PSYC 3300||Applied Intermediate Research Methods & Data Analysis||3 credits|
|PSYC 3301||Applied Data Analysis in Psychology||3 credits|
|Five (5) upper level psychology courses||15 credits|
|Five (5) upper or lower level University Transfer courses from any discipline *||12- 15 credits|
Area of Concentration:
|Students must complete courses in one of the following applied areas.||15 - 18 credits|
*Students completing the 18 credit DABA concentration will complete three credits less of upper or lower level University Transfer electives.
Applied Areas of Concentration:
Applied Theory and Research
This concentration provides an opportunity for students to study a broad base of psychological theories and learn how they are applied across a variety of fields. Students who are likely going to continue their academic career in a graduate level psychology program may be interested in this concentration within the Honours Degree.
Five (5) of the following courses (courses must come from at least 4 of the categories below)
A: Personality/Social/Forensic/Health Psychology (PSYC 3304, PSYC 3314, PSYC 3331, PSYC 3340, PSYC 3361, PSYC 3906)
B: Developmental/Gender (PSYC 3120, PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322, PSYC 3342, PSYC 3905)
C: Cognition/Biological Psychology (PSYC 3315, PSYC 3341, PSYC 3365, PSYC 3370, PSYC 3385, PSYC 3902, PSYC 3904)
D: Clinical/Counselling Psychology (PSYC 3333, PSYC 3375, PSYC 3903, PSYC 4370, PSYC 4371, PSYC 4373, PSYC 4375)
Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis Concentration
If you are interested in education, health or human services, or if you want to specialize in the rewarding and challenging area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the concise, flexible and timely Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis (DABA) Concentration is for you. The courses within this 18 credit concentration are verified by the Association of Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) and approved by the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). These approvals make the credential highly attractive to professionals aspiring to become Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBA) and/or K-to-12 teachers working toward a higher pay level and specialized knowledge base.
DABA courses run as a cohort and are only offered in the specified semesters. These courses in this concentration must be completed in one academic year. Some courses are online, some hybrid, and some in-person. Students must take all DABA program courses offered in a semester unless they have approved transfer credit.
Please see the Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis program page for program/course requirements.
Those completing this concentration within the BA Applied Psychology Degree will not be eligible to graduate with the Disability and Applied Behaviour analysis Advanced Certificate as the coursework is equivalent.
Forensic / Criminology Concentration
Students interested in both psychology and criminology may choose to specialize in the area of forensic psychology. This concentration will focus on psychology as it applies to the legal system, which may include a focus on courts, corrections, police, cognitive and social aspects of behaviour, mental health law, victimology, and policy work.
Required (Mandatory) Course:
|PSYC 3314||Psychology and Law||3 credits|
Any four (4) University Transferable courses from Criminology, with at least 6 credits at the 3000-4000 level. Upper level choices include, but are not limited to the following (please be aware of pre-requisites).
|CRIM 3335||Human Rights and Civil Liberties||3 credits|
|CRIM 3340||Problem Solving and Interventions in Criminal Justice||3 credits|
|CRIM 3370||Sex Offenders and Sexual Offences||3 credits|
|CRIM 3375||Correctional Practice||3 credits|
|CRIM 3376||Restorative Justice||3 credits|
|CRIM 3380||Organized Crime||3 credits|
|CRIM 3385||Community Crime Prevention||3 credits|
|CRIM 3390||Crime and Intelligence Analysis||3 credits|
|CRIM 4410||Canadian Law and the Mentally Disordered Offenders||3 credits|
|CRIM 4480||Forensic Sciences||3 credits|
NOTE: It is recommended to take CRIM 1100, CRIM 1150 and CRIM 1160 in your first 2 years. If not, two of them can be taken as part of your concentration and the other as a 1000-4000 Level Elective.
Leadership and Management Concentration
Students interested in combining psychology with business, leadership and/or marketing would be interested in this concentration.
Fifteen (15) University Transferable credits required. A minimum of twelve (12) credits from the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, with at least six (6) credits at the 3000-4000 level. Possible courses include, but are not limited to the following (please be aware of pre-requisites):
|BUSN 1111||Small Business Management||3 credits|
|BUSN 1210||Management Essentials||3 credits|
|ACCT 1110||Principles of Accounting I|
|BUSN 3310||Organizational Management Skills|
|BUSN 3350||Human Resource Management||3 credits|
|BUSN 4410||Organizational Business Decision Making||3 credits|
|BUSN 4460||Leadership: Theory and Practice||3 credits|
|BUSN 4490||Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals and Executives||3 credits|
|MARK 2150||Personal Selling||3 credits|
|MARK 3215||Buyer Behavior||3 credits|
|MARK 3340||Promotional Strategy||3 credits|
|MARK 3360||Customer Relationship Management||3 credits|
|MARK 3441||Marketing Research||3 credits|
|MARK 3470||Professional Services Marketing||3 credits|
|SOSC 2140||Behaviour in Organizations||3 credits|
|SOSC 3140||Organizational Theory and Design||3 credits|
Counselling psychology typically focuses on therapeutic practices that facilitate social, educational, occupational, health, emotional and developmental functioning. Many counsellors have a Masters degree in a field such as counselling psychology or educational psychology, which allows them to register as a Clinical Counsellor in most provinces. Our Pre-Counselling concentration will provide students with introductory courses in the discipline of counselling as well as the pre-requisite courses needed to enter into most graduate programs in counselling psychology.
Required (Mandatory) Courses:
|PSYC 3375||Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy||3 credits|
|PSYC 4360||Psychological Assessment||3 credits|
|PSYC 4370||Counselling Skills Fundamentals||3 credits|
Elective Courses (choice of 2):
|PSYC 3321||Adolescent Psychology||3 credits|
|PSYC 3322||Adulthood and Aging||3 credits|
|PSYC 3333||Cultural Competency and Counselling with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples||3 credits|
|PSYC 3341||Drugs and Behavior||3 credits|
|PSYC 3342||Developmental Psychopathology||3 credits|
|PSYC 3365||Psychology of Learning||3 credits|
|PSYC 4371||Group Counselling||3 credits|
|PSYC 4373||Vocational Assessment and Counselling||3 credits|
|PSYC 4375||Clinical Psychology||3 credits|
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Concentration
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) approaches include programs, services and practices with well-documented effectiveness in facilitating the recovery of persons living with serious mental illness, substance use problems or concurrent disorders. PSR approaches focus on programs and services in the major life domains of employment, education, leisure, wellness, housing, family and peer support. PSR approaches are enhanced in their effectiveness by other treatment approaches and practices, including cognitive retraining, cognitive behaviour therapies and motivational interviewing.
Students who complete the set of PSR courses, including the practicum will have the knowledge and skills to conduct strengths based PSR assessments and to prepare and implement psychosocial rehabilitation plans in community mental health and substance use programs. Upon completion of this concentration, you will be eligible to write the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP) exam, which is recognized throughout Canada and the US.
PSR courses generally run as a cohort and are only offered in specified semesters (Fall,Winter and Summer).
Required (Mandatory) Courses:
|PSYC 5001||Mental Health Services and Systems: History and Trends||3 credits|
|PSYC 5002||Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery||3 credits|
|PSYC 5003||Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner Competencies||3 credits|
|PSYC 5004||Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Best and Promising Practices||3 credits|
|PSYC 5005||Seminar and Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation||3 credits|
NOTE: PSYC 2341 (Abnormal Psychology) is a pre-requisite for PSR courses.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that students complete PSYC 3390 Applications of Psychological Knowledge
(Service Learning & Research) prior to PSYC 5005 Seminar and Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
Those completing this concentration within the BA Applied Psychology Degree will not be eligible to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation as the coursework is equivalent.
For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.
All applicants must meet the general college admission requirements for Douglas College.
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology will occur after the completion of 60 credits. Students must have all of the following:
a) a two year (60 credit) Associate of Arts or Science degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
b) Completion of the following courses (or their appropriate equivalent) with a minimum grade of C- in each:
PSYC 1100 (Introduction to Psychology I)
PSYC 1200 (Introduction to Psychology II)
c) Completion of the following courses (or their appropriate equivalent) with a minimum grade of C (60%):
PSYC 2300 Data Analysis in Psychology,
PSYC 2301 Research Methods in Psychology,
And two of:
PSYC 2315 (Biological Bases of Behaviour), or
PSYC 2341 (Abnormal Psychology), or
PSYC 2360 (Cognitive Psychology)
Admission to the PSR (Psychosocial Rehabilitation) Concentration:
PSR entrance interview for BA Applied Psychology or Applied Psychology Honours students
The departmental admission process uses a structured interview by a coordinator to provide information about the roles and responsibilities of students and faculty, and to evaluate whether students have met the following criteria that are needed for successful completion of the PSR courses, including:
• 4th year status by start of PSR coursework
• Service learning course (PSYC 3390) completed or in progress
• Work/volunteer experience relevant to a helping role in the mental health sector
• submit a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons for choosing this program, long- and short-term goals, and strengths and limitations.
• submit an up-to-date resume including any volunteer or paid work relevant to a helping role in the mental health sector.
Career opportunities include:
- Academic Advisor
- Career Counsellor
- Community Relations Officer
- Conflict Mediator
- Hospice Coordinator
- Human Resources Generalist
- Immigration Officer
- Market Research Analyst
- Volunteer Coordinator
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
You will apply after your second year, once you have finished 60 credits (Associate of Arts - Psychology or equivalent), including PSYC 1100, PSYC 1200, PSYC 2300, PSYC 2301, and two of PSYC 2341, PSYC 2360 or PSYC 2315 (with a minimum of a C in each of the above PSYC courses). We recommend applying before April 30 to gain entry to the BA in time for Fall registration. This will be important, so that you can hopefully get a seat in the Service Learning course within the coming academic year.
Yes, as soon as you are enrolled in your last AA courses you can apply to the BA program for the following semester. You will be “conditionally accepted” that semester and you will be officially accepted once you have finished the courses you are enrolled in.
YES, all lower level (1000-2000 level) courses and most upper level (3000-4000) courses are open to all Douglas College students. However, each course has specific pre-requisites that you must meet in order to enrol in the course.
While there are core Psychology courses you must take, your program of studies requires that you take core courses and electives outside of Psychology such as English, Criminology, Sociology and Philosophy.
Yes, this is possible if you are attending full time (5 courses per semester). You may need to take day or night classes or to travel to both campuses, depending on course offerings and availability of seats in the course(s) you require.
For some courses we will offer multiple sections (e.g. Introduction to Psychology). For some, such as our upper level courses, we may offer one section per year. The majority of courses are offered in Fall and Winter with a smaller selection offered in the Summer term.
Currently most 1st and 2nd year psychology courses are offered face-to-face at both New Westminster and David Lam campuses. A few select courses are also offered as hybrid and/or fully on-line. Most of our 3rd and 4th year courses will be taught on New Westminster campus, with the exception of a few existing Psychosocial Rehabilitation, and Disability and Applied Behavior Analysis courses, which are currently offered as hybrid and/or fully on-line.
YES, there is room within our degree to complete two of our applied concentrations. Up to two concentrations will be noted on your transcript when you graduate. You must make sure, however, that you have a total of 30 upper level (3000-4000) Psychology credits for the BA Applied Psychology degree and 45 upper level Psychology credits for the BA Applied Psychology – Honours degree.
No, for these courses you will need to be enrolled in the BA Applied Psychology program and declare your interest in one of these concentrations to the BA Applied Psyc Coordinator.
For these two concentrations, the courses are offered in a sequence beginning each Fall. You will need to take the courses in a specific order: Fall ➾ Winter ➾ Summer.
It is recommended that you wait until your fourth year to take the PSR courses. It is strongly recommended that you take PSYC 3341 – Drugs and Behaviour before you enrol in your first PSR course. It is required you take PSYC 3390 Applications of Psychological Knowledge, Service Learning and Research and PSYC 2341 - Abnormal Psychology.
Yes, it is required you take PSYC 3390 Applications of Psychological Knowledge, Service Learning.
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When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.