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Psychology, Applied (Bachelor of Arts, Honours)

Apply Early! It is important that students start to work on their applications early to this program as they must find a faculty supervisor prior to the application deadline. NOTE: In addition to applying to the program at for acceptance into this program, an internal department application is required to be sent to the BA Coordinator before May 1. That application form may be obtained on the Psychology Blackboard Communication Centre. Students will not be accepted into the Honours program, without approval from the Department.
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 120.0
Length: Eight semesters
Campuses: New Westminster, Coquitlam
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall
program overview

The Bachelor of Applied Psychology – Honours degree is an excellent option if you are interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology or another discipline in the future. The honours degree has the same basic structure as the Applied Psychology BA, but concentrates more on third and fourth year Psychology coursework, and the honours thesis gives you the opportunity to develop and carry out supervised, independent research.

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
admission 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.
application deadlines
Full Time
  • Fall Deadline: May 01
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.

At what stage do I apply for the BA Applied Psychology Honours degree?

You will apply for entry into the Honours program in the spring (typically May 1st  deadline) before entering the last year of your Bachelor degree.

How do I apply for the BA Applied Psychology Honours degree?

To apply to the honours program you will need to:

  1. apply to the BA Applied Psychology - Honours program  (even if you are currently a Douglas College student). Go to the Apply page, choose the group that applies to you and follow the instructions.
  2. complete the Departmental Honours Application. Copies are also available in room 3400 at the New Westminster Campus.

Are there really two applications I need to fill out for the Honours degree?

Yes, one is an application to the program through the Registrar's office and the other is a Departmental application submitted to the BA Applied Psychology coordinator.

Should I apply for the BA Applied Psyc degree first, before I apply to the Honours program?

Yes. You should apply to the regular BA Applied Psychology program in your third year (after you have completed your Associate of Arts requirements), and then apply for the Honours degree before your final year.

Can I complete the Honours degree if I am attending Douglas College part time?

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.

Do I have to complete an applied specialization if I am accepted into the Honours program?

Yes, the Honours degree has the same basic structure as the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology, so all students will be required to complete a 15 credit specialization. For more information on specializations see the BA Applied Psychology.

How do I find a faculty supervisor for my Honours Thesis?

Each year the BA Applied Psychology coordinator will have a list of faculty members (and their areas of research) who are interested in supervising Honours students. You can contact one of the faculty members on that list, or simply approach one of your favorite Psychology instructors to see if they are interested in supervising you.

If I complete an Honours degree am I guaranteed to get into graduate school?

No, graduate programs in Psychology and Counselling Psychology are quite competitive and an Honours degree does not guarantee you will be accepted into a graduate program. Most graduate schools evaluate potential students on a combination of GPA, letters of reference, student-faculty fit, coursework completed, and practical experience (volunteer, research or other related experience). You should check with each specific graduate program you are interested in to clarify their requirements. 

What if I am accepted into the Honours program but do not meet the graduation requirements

If you are in the Honours program and you do not meet the graduation requirements you will be able to graduate with a BA in Applied Psychology (as long as you meet the requirements for that degree).

Who do I contact with questions?

BA in Applied Psychology/Honours Program Coordinator: 

Dr. Laura Dane

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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