Bachelor of Science


Congratulations on being accepted into a Bachelor of Science degree program in the Faculty of Arts. You are embarking on an educational journey that will offer you the best of a broad liberal education with the ability to specialize in various fields of study.

Psychology is both a science and a profession. As scientists, psychologists work in a variety of settings like universities, hospitals, government, and corporations and carry out both basic and applied research. As a profession, psychology includes a number of different types of practitioners who apply psychological knowledge to solve personal, social, and practical problems. These include clinical psychologists who specialize in the identification and treatment of psychological disorders but also provide psychological assessments, health-related services, and psychological interventions. Practitioners also include industrial/organizational psychologists who work in recruitment, selection, training, and other business practice areas. Career options depend on students’ goals and interests and the level and type of training acquired. With a BA or BSc, students may find employment in a variety of settings and a range of occupations such as human resources manager, addictions counsellor, researcher, consultant, case worker, etc. A degree in psychology can also be the first step in the pursuit of a variety of careers in fields that require an undergraduate degree such as law, medicine, management, social work, speech pathology, and audiology. Students wishing to work as a clinical or counselling psychologist will require additional university training in Psychology beyond the BA or BSc degree. Students wishing to take a Psychology degree that emphasizes the social sciences and humanities should register for the BA degree; those who wish to emphasize the biological and natural sciences should register for the BSc degree.  

The Bachelor of Science degree is offered as either a B.Sc., or B.Sc. (Honours), both requiring the completion of 120 units and normally four years of full-time study.

Courses required in your first year

1. Students who have completed MATH 31 in high school must enroll in Math 265.

Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

For further information, please contact:
Telephone: 403.220.3580

Your Bachelor of Science degree means that you are a student in the Faculty of Arts.

The Faculty of Arts offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees programs. In general, your major refers to the subject area you’d like your Bachelor of Science degree to focus on (i.e. Bachelor of Arts, major in Geography). You can choose from several unique science-based programs within the Faculty of Arts. For detailed information on these programs, visit the website links below.

If you are coming to the University of Calgary with Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit, you will follow the same registration process as any first time university student. You may be eligible to use your transfer credit in your degree program depending on the program you have entered and whether or not the courses are applicable. Look for International Baccalaureate credit information here and Advanced Placement information here.

You may view your transfer credit by logging in to your online Student Centre. Once you know the transfer credit you have received, you may contact the academic advisor in your faculty to get advice on course selection.

Generally, students must complete 18 units at the junior (200-level) before they are allowed to register in 300-level courses. However, if you received IB or AP credit for a 200-level course, you may take the 300-level course that has your 200-level course listed as a prerequisite.

Co-op and Internship: Get a head start on your career through our co-operative education and internship opportunities. You will gain valuable work experience in your industry—all before you graduate.

Study Abroad: Experience different cultures, gain a better understanding of world issues, and travel around the globe, all while earning credit towards your degree. The University of Calgary offers exchanges and study abroad programs in 61 different countries.

Community Service-Learning: Combine your classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals, and see first-hand how your academic learning relates to social issues.

Arts and Science Honours Academy: Be part of a unique program that combines collaborative study, global opportunities and academic challenge. The ASHA program brings together 25 like-minded high achieving students to learn and study in six distinct scholars courses. As an Arts and Science Honours Academy student, you will be one of a class of the best and brightest at the University of Calgary.