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.

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


Students will

•   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 volunteering or paid work relevant to a helping role in the mental health sector.

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

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.

Important: At least 40% (48 credits) of all course work, and 30 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:

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

3 credits

PSYC 3301 Applied Data Analysis in Psychology

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

NOTE: PSYC 3301 should be taken in the same semester as PSCY 4410.

Elective Courses:

One (1) upper level psychology courses  3 credits
Five (5) upper level or lower level University Transfer courses from any discipline * 12-15 credits

Applied Area of Concentration:

Students will complete courses within at least one applied area of concentration (see BA Applied Psychology program page) 15 -18 credits

*Students completing the 18 credit DABA concentration will complete three credits less of upper or lower level University Transfer electives

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.