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Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology
Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology

Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology

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  • Level:Associate Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

  • High School Graduation OR be 19 years old on the first day of classes

English requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall (no sub-score less than 6.0)

  • TOEFL iBT score of 78 overall (no sub-score less than 19)

  • PTE Academic score of 54 overall (no sub-score less than 50)

  • Cambridge Assessment of English: C1 Advanced score of 174 overall (no sub-score less than 169)

  • CAEL CE score of 60 overall (no sub-score less than 60)

  • GTEC CBT score of 1200 overall (minimum sub-scores: Reading 325; Writing 270; Speaking 260; Listening 335)

  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 105 for General Admission to most Certificate and Diploma programs, and Bachelor of Business Administration programs (exceptions: Nursing and certain other Health-related programs). Score of 115 for admission to Post-Degree programs (all majors) and Degree programs offered by Centre for Sport and Exercise Education.

Other requirements:

  • The course requirements for the Associate Degree program credential are mandated by the provincial government. You must complete a total of 20 university transfer courses, and achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 ("C"), to obtain an Associate of Arts Degree. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements; 25% of your courses must be completed at Camosun College.

Course Information

Promoting physical and psychological health

Camosun offers academic psychology and applied psychology in the form of introductory interpersonal relations and counselling courses. We're focused on teaching and helping you gain the knowledge and skills that will make it possible for you to continue with university studies or with a career.

What you'll learn

Camosun College offers an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology; during the two-year, 20-course program you'll study psychology, English, and a variety of arts courses.

As an associate degree student, you will have access to excellent academic advice; you'll have a definite learning path, but with room to explore along the way. You'll be well-prepared for success if you choose to continue with further post-secondary studies.

Work experience option

As an Associate Degree student, you can gain practical work experience through Co-op or an Internship. Work terms may be paid or unpaid, and are available after you've completed at least eight courses.

What to expect

Located at our Lansdowne campus, the Associate of Arts degree in Psychology is a 20-course, two-year program that is also offered part-time for those who need flexibility. You'll have a definite learning path, but with room to explore along the way. During your program, you can choose to take an optional internship or co-op work term.

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In your first year, you'll choose between the Arts option, which includes more arts and humanities courses, and the Science option, which has an emphasis on math and science. English and psychology courses are an integral part of both programs.

 Year 1

Academic Terms 1 & 2

  • All of, ENGL 151, Academic Writing Strategies, 3,

  • , PSYC 110, Experimental Psychology, 3,

  • One of, ENGL 161, Literary Genres, 3,

  • , ENGL 163, Intro to Literary Traditions, 3,

  • , ENGL 164, Indigenous Literature, 3,

  • One of, PSYC 120, Personal Growth & Development, 3,

  • , PSYC 130, Contemporary Issues, 3,

  • , PSYC 164, Behaviour Management, 3,

  • Two of, Social Science courses, 6,

  • One of, PHIL course, 3,

  • One of, Humanities course, 3,

  • One of, MATH, STAT or COMP course, 3 or 4,

  • , BUS 140, Business Information Technology, 3,

  • One of, Elective, 3,

Year 2

Academic Terms 3 & 4

  • Two of, BIOL 102, Non-Majors Biology (Diversity), 4,

  • , BIOL 103, Non-Majors General Biology, 4,

  • , BIOL 104, Infectious Disease, 3,

  • , BIOL 105, Introductory Marine Biology, 4,

  • , BIOL 124, Evolution and Diversity, 4,

  • , BIOL 126, Physiological Basis of Life, 4,

  • Five of, PSYC 171, Human Development: Lifespan, 3,

  • , PSYC 201, Research Methods in Psychology, 3,

  • , PSYC 203, Social Psychology, 3,

  • , PSYC 210, History of Psychology, 3,

  • , PSYC 215, Biological Psychology, 3,

  • , PSYC 250, Psychopathology, 3,

  • One of, Second-year Arts (non-PSYC), 3,

  • Two of, Elective, 6,

After you have completed at least eight courses, you can choose to complement your associate degree with a work term.

Co-op Options

In addition to regular program content, students pursuing the Co-op designation will be required to successfully complete two (2) Co-operative Work Experience courses:

  • All of, COOP WEP, Workplace Education, 0,

  • , ASDG 101*, Co-operative Work Experience 1, 4,

  • , ASDG 201, Co-operative Work Experience 2, 4,

Internship Options

In addition to regular program content, students pursuing the Internship designation will be required to complete a minimum of one (1) ASDG work experience course.

  • All of, COOP WEP, Workplace Education, 0,

  • , ASDG 102, Internship Work Experience 1, 4,

  • Optional, ASDG 202, Internship Work Experience 2, 4,

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Psychology is a tremendously varied field. Psychologists can counsel, conduct research, assist business, industry and community, study social development, promote physical and psychological health through careers in private and public practice.

In BC, you must have a doctoral degree in psychology to become a registered psychologist. Beginning your studies with an associate degree is the perfect way to get a solid foundation in psychology, whether your goal is a graduate degree or a career in a related field.

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Medical Insurance - CAD $900 per year

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