Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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What you will learn in this program
Psychologists ask questions such as: How do people behave and interact in groups in workplace settings? How does aging affect brain function? Why do people offer help to strangers?
Psychology is the scientific study of the biological, cognitive, emotional, and social bases of behaviour. There is a strong emphasis on written and verbal communication, as well as statistical analysis and research skills. Students who are interested in gaining experience with psychology research may pursue opportunities to work in research laboratories, either as a volunteer or as part of research courses. Psychology majors will gain a deeper understanding of the biological, cognitive, emotional, and social influences on the human experience. They will also gain experience in thinking critically and solving problems, conducting research and analyzing data, and communicating effectively as well as develop skills in information literacy, implementing ethical principles, and applying psychological knowledge and skills to personal, social, organizational, and societal problems.
You can earn both a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation in just five years through our combined degree program.
As a psychology graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in psychology can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education. Many of our graduated go on to pursue advanced graduate degrees to prepare them for careers as clinical psychologists, professors/academics, applied researchers or organizational consultants.
Courses you'll take:
Developmental Psychology, History of Psychological Thought, Psychology of Aging, Social Psychology, Principles of Psychology I
Admission requirements and information
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
Field school - Discipline-specific classes taken in real-world settings, and involving hands-on course work.
A psychology faculty member for 29 years, Associate Professor John Ellard is an innovator in enhancing the learning experience. He initiated the annual Undergraduate Psychology Conference showcasing the diverse research that undergraduate students are engaged in. He collaborated with students on a peer mentor program. “As my students learn, I aim high. I want my courses to be personal growth opportunities as well as engaging learning experiences. We have one of the top departments in Canada.”
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The variety of research opportunities in psychology is amazing. Even as an undergraduate I have been able to learn about the process that goes into the research that eventually winds up in textbooks. With awards offered for research and the possibility of obtaining class credit for it, UCalgary has really helped me in gaining important practical experience. Beyond that, not only is the department staffed with many experts, I have always found the faculty to be welcoming and approachable.
Claire F., psychology student
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I started in the individual and team performance lab in my second year, which led me to create and run my own study and present my research findings at conferences across Canada and the U.S. The program emphasized experiential learning. I worked on a small team to develop a human resource tool for a company. I built lasting friendships with my teammates, and the project was an incredible opportunity to put theory into practice. It felt good to know that our learning could be applied after graduation.