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Psychology (Associate of Arts - Pre-Bachelor's)

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Credential: Associate Degree
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

The Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology - Pre-Bachelor's is a program designed for students who want to move on to a bachelor's degree in psychology at Douglas or other institution. Students explore different areas in psychology, including data analysis, research methods, brain and behaviour, as well as cognitive and abnormal psychology. 
 
This associate of arts degree also gives students a broad background in courses across the arts. This foundation will help students develop critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills needed in many disciplines and careers. A specialization in Psychology will prepare students with core coursework needed to continue on to complete a bachelor's degree in psychology.
 
The Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology - Pre-Bachelor's  fulfills the course requirements for the first 60 credits (2 years) of the Douglas College BA in Applied Psychology.
 
Students accepted into the AA Psychology Pre-Bachelor's program will receive priority registration.
 



curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00

(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)

Course Requirements:

To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Psychology, Pre-Bachelor students must complete:

  • 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their associate degree) in Psychology
  • nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, or UNBC) at the second-year level.

The following Psychology courses are required for Admission into the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology:

Course Number Course Title Credits

PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology I

3.00

PSYC 1200

An Introduction to Pyschology II

3.00

PSYC 2300

Data Analysis in Psychology

3.00

PSYC 2301

Research Methods in Psychology

3.00

Two of the following:

PSYC 2315

Biological Bases of Behaviour

3.00

PSYC 2341

Abnormal Psychology

3.00

PSYC 2360

Cognitive Psychology

3.00

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
  • 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
  • 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

* English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.

** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information.

Definitions:

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  • An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  • A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
  • The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  • A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  • first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  • second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  • laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.

For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option:

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

* Equivalent or more advanced courses also may fill this requirement.

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

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.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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