Psychology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts, Honours)

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Program Code
Humanities & Social Sciences
Credential Type
Bachelor's Degree
Transcript Title
BA Applied Psychology Honours
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology - Honours
Length of Program
Eight semesters
Admissions Requirements

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 with minimum grade of C- in each (or equivalent): 

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 Psychology), or

PSYC 2341 (Abnormal Psychology), or

PSYC 2360 (Cognitive Psychology)


Additional Admission Requirements for the Honours Degree:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 (or approval by the program coordinator in special circumstances);
  2. A completed application form from the Psychology Department, including agreement from a Psychology faculty member to supervise the honours thesis.
Curriculum Framework

In addition to the 60 credits of first and second year coursework in the Diploma or Associate Degree, students must complete an additional 60 credits (120 total) of University Transfer coursework. A minimum of forty five (45) credits must be at the 3000-4000 level in Psychology. Program requirements are as follows:

Required (Mandatory) Courses:

PSYC 3300 Applied Intermediate Research Methods & Data Analysis with a B grade or better

3 credits

PSYC 3301 Applied Organizational Research Methods

3 credits

PSYC 3309

or PSYC3308

Critical Issues in Psychology

History and Philosophy of Modern Psychology

3 credits
PSYC 3330 An Introduction to Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 3390 Applications of Psychological Knowledge 3 credits
PSYC 4390 Honours Seminar 3 credits
PSYC 4400 Honours Thesis I 3 credits
PSYC 4410 Honours Thesis II 3 credits

One of:

PSYC 3320 Child Behavior and Development 3 credits
PSYC 3321 Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 3322 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 3 credits

NOTE: PSYC 3300 must be taken before enrolling in PSYC 4410 - Honours Thesis II

Elective Courses:

One (1) upper level psychology courses  3 credits
Five (5) upper level or lower level University Transfer courses from any discipline  15 credits

Applied Area of Specialization:

Five (5) courses in an applied area of specialization (see BA Applied Psychology) 15 credits

The BA in Applied Psychology – Honours is best suited for students who are interested in applying for graduate school, or who would like more intensive research experience. This following specializations may be of interest to students interested in pursuing graduate training:

  • Applied Theory and Research
  • Pre-Counselling
  • Forensic/Criminology

Below is an example of a course plan for the third and fourth year of the BA in Applied Psychology – Honours with the Applied Theory and Research specialization.

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)

B: Developmental/Gender (PSYC 3120, PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322, PSYC 3342)

C: Cognition/Biological Psychology (PSYC 3315, PSYC 3341, PSYC 3365, PSYC 3370, PSYC 3385)

D: Clinical/Counselling Psychology (PSYC 3333, PSYC 3375, PSYC 4370, PSYC 4371, PSYC 4373, PSYC 4375)

E: Quantitative/Analytical (PSYC 3301, PSYC 4360)

Year 3

Fall Credits Winter Credits
PSYC 3330 3 Developmental: one of PSYC 3320, PSYC 3321, PSYC 3322 3
PSYC 3390 3 PSYC 3309 3
PSYC 3300 3 One of Group A  3
1000-4000 Level Elective  3 One of Group D  3
1000-4000 Level Elective 3 PSYC 3301 or 1000-4000 Level Elective 3

Year 4

Fall Credits Winter Credits
One of Group C  3 One of Group B  3
One of Group A-E 3 PSYC 4410 3
PSYC 4390 3 PSYC 3301 or 1000-4000 Level Elective 3
PSYC 4400 3 3000-4000 PSYC Elective 3
1000-4000 Level Elective  3 1000-4000 Level Elective 3