Undergraduate Programs
Psychology Major
Regulations effective September 1, 2008

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.

In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, you can complete the BA in Psychology entirely in a classroom setting at Mount Royal College, or by taking a combination of distance and classroom courses.

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.
Requirements within the 120 credits required for the BA.
45 credits in designated Psychology major courses including 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits in designated Psychology major courses, including 12, 400-level credits. The senior-level courses in the required core are included as part of these 30 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 *
Students who have obtained credit in PSYC 404 may not take PSYC 304.



A minimum of 15 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 15 credits may be completed by selecting 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 333 Sensation and Perception (3)
PSYC 340 Introduction to Applied Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
PSYC 381 The Psychology of Adult Development (3)
PSYC 395 Psychology and Law (3)
PSYC 418 Special Projects in Psychology (3)
PSYC 432 Psychology and the Built Environment (3)
PSYC 450 Drugs and Behaviour (3)
  Career Development Electives
PSYC 205 Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development (3)
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)
PSYC 443/4 Special Projects in Career Development (3)
  Educational Psychology Electives
EDPY 351 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
EDPY 479 Introduction to Computer-based Instruction (3)
EDPY/PSYC389 An Introduction to Learning Disabilities (3)
EDPY/PSYC 400 Teaching and Managing the Child with Learning Difficulties (6)
EDPY/PSYC 470 Consultation and Collaboration for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDPY/PSYC 471 Managing Behaviour Problems in the Classroom (3)
EDPY/PSYC 476 Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDPY/PSYC 478 Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
  Counselling Electives
PSYC 345 The Psychology of Women (3)
PSYC 347 Introduction to Feminist Counselling (3)
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 maybe 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)
PSYC 345 The Psychology of Women (3)

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