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Undergraduate Calendar 2012|13

Psychology Concentration

BA Psychology Concentration

Regulations effective September 1, 2011.

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.

Please note that while the three-year degree program is a marketable credential, it is not aimed at providing students with direct access to graduate-level studies; therefore, additional studies are often required.

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.

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Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with Concentration:

  1. A minimum of 36 credits in designated Psychology concentration courses including 24 senior (300 or 400) level credits.
  2. 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 for PSYC 404 may not take PSYC 304
  3. A minimum of 12 credits selected from the following foundational courses.
    PSYC 323 Developmental Psychology
    Note: PSYC 228 and PSYC 323 are precluded courses (students can complete PSYC 228 or PSYC 323 but not both). Note that PSYC 228 can be used in the Psychology Electives area only, and cannot be used as a foundational credit.
    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)
  4. 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. Unspecified psychology credit for psychology courses unavailable at Athabasca University and completed at other institutions, can be applied to the degree upon faculty approval.

    Psychology Electives

    PSYC 210 Experiential Learning in the Celebration of Diversity (3)
    PSYC 228 Introduction to Human Development
    Note: PSYC 228 and PSYC 323 are precluded courses (students can complete PSYC 228 or PSYC 323 but not both). Note that PSYC 228 can be used in the Psychology Electives area only, and cannot be used as a foundational credit.
    PSYC 315 Psychology and the Mass Media (3)
    PSYC 333 Sensation and Perception (3)
    PSYC 350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
    PSYC 381 Psychology of Adult Development (3)
    PSYC 340 Introduction to Applied Social Psychology (3)
    PSYC 395 Forensic Psychology (3)
    PSYC 418 Special Projects in Psychology (3)
    PSYC 426 Psychology of Families and Parenting (3)
    PSYC 432 Psychology and the Built Environment (3)
    PSYC 450 Drugs and Behaviour (3)

    Career Development Electives

    PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
    PSYC 301 Career Development Resources (3)
    PSYC 305 The Career Development Portfolio (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
    EDPY 479 Introduction to Computer-based Instruction
    EDPY/PSYC 389 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions
    EDPY/PSYC 400 Teaching and Managing the Child with Learning Difficulties (6)
    EDPY/PSYC 469 Principles of Psychological Assessment (3)
    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)
  5. A maximum of three credits from the following courses may be used as elective credit.
    COMM 329 Mediated Interpersonal Communication (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)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012.

Updated October 22, 2018