Undergraduate Programs

BA Psychology Concentration

Regulations amended effective September 1, 2005

Athabasca University's Psychology program is designed to develop or expand your knowledge of the broad field of psychology. Both the concentration and major degree programs will provide grounding in foundational courses central to psychology as a science. The programs also provide options for students to focus their studies in the applied areas at Athabasca University (i.e., Career Development, Inclusive Education, Counselling). Students who complete the degree will be prepared for general employment across a number of fields (business, management, government research, program evaluation, human services, law, etc.) and/or graduate studies in applied and basic programs.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

      Bachelor of Arts (3-year) General regulations.

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with Concentration.
A minimum of 36 credits in designated Psychology concentration courses including 24 senior (300 or 400) level credits.
Required Core Courses (15 credits)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics (3)
PSYC 289 Psychology as a Natural Science (3)
PSYC 290 General Psychology (3)
PSYC 375 History of Psychology (3)
PSYC 304 Research Methods in Psychology (3)


A minimum of 12 credits selected from the following foundational courses.
PSYC 323 Developmental Psychology*
*Students may choose PSYC 228 or PSYC 323 but not both.
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 356 Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues (3)
PSYC 379 Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 435 Abnormal Psychology (3)
The remaining nine credits may be completed by taking additional foundational courses and/or courses from the following groups of electives: Psychology, Career Development, Educational Psychology, or Counselling. Students are encouraged to focus within an elective but may combine courses from two or more groups.
  Psychology Electives  
PSYC 210 Experiential Learning in the Celebration of Diversity (3)
PSYC 228 Introduction to Child Development**
** Students may choose PSYC 228 or PSYC 323 but not both.
PSYC 315 Psychology and the Mass Media (3)
PSYC 350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
PSYC 381 The Psychology of Adult Development (3)
PSYC 340 Introduction to Applied Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 395 Psychology and Law (3)
PSYC 432 Psychology and the Built Environment (3)
PSYC 418 Special Projects in Psychology (3)

  Career Development Electives
PSYC 205 Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development
PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
PSYC 301 Career Development Resources in the Changing World of Work (3)
PSYC 401 Learning Through Life (3)
PSYC 405 Creating a Working Alliance (3)
PSYC 441 Experiential Learning and Reflection Practice I (3)
PSYC 442 Experiential Learning and Reflection Practice II (3)
  Educational Psychology Electives  
EDPY 351 Introduction to Exceptional Children
EDPY/PSYC 478 Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
EDPY 479 Introduction to Computer-based Instruction
PSYC 389 An Introduction to Learning Disabilities
PSYC 400 Teaching and Managing the Child with Learning Difficulties (6)
PSYC 470 Consultation and Collaboration for Students with Special Needs (3)
PSYC 471 Managing Behaviour Problems in the Classroome (3)
PSYC 472, 473
or 474
Topics in Special Education (1 each)
  Counselling Electives  
PSYC 343 Issues and Strategies in Counselling Women (6)
PSYC 388 Introduction to Counselling (3)
PSYC 406 Introduction to Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy (3)
A maximum of three credits—selected from the following courses—may be used as elective credit.
COMM 329 The Practice of Interpersonal Communications (3)
CRJS 360 The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (3)
HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (3)
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
ORGB 319 Motivation and Productivity (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)

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