Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Psychology Major

Students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree with a psychology major must consult with a psychology major advisor (a psychology faculty member). The major advisor helps students select psychology courses that satisfy the psychology major  requirements. Students then need to consult with the BA advisor who helps select 3000-4000 level Arts courses to meet specific BA requirements and graduation requirements.

Admission requirements

Admission to the psychology major requires completion of Psychology 1110, 1210, 2100 and 2110 as well as admission to the BA program.

Required courses

1000-2000 level courses

12 credits required courses

  • PSYC 1110: Introduction to Psychology 1 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1210: Introduction to Psychology 2 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2100: Analysis of Psychological Data (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2110: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (3 credits)

Elective courses

  • PSYC 2040: Introduction to Biological Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2050: Drugs & Behaviour (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2120: Introduction to Personality (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2130: Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2160: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2210: Introduction to Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2220: Introduction to Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2230: Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2300: Human Sexuality (3 credits)

Note: In order to fulfill all the Arts degree requirements outside of your major area of study, it is advisable to take no more than one or two additional second year level psychology courses of interest to you.

3000-4000 level courses: 30 credits required

 At least six credits from courses designated Science:

  • PSYC 3060: Principles of Animal Behaviour (6 credits)
  • PSYC 3190: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods (6 credits)
  • PSYC 3230: Principles of Conditioning (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3390: Human Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3510: Sensation & Perception 1 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3520: Sensation & Perception 2 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3540: Cognition 1 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3550: Cognition 2 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3560: Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3570: Physiology of Motivation & Emotion (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3580: Physiology of Learning & Memory (3 credits)

At least six credits from courses designated Social Science:

  • PSYC 3000: Behaviour Disorders (6 credits)
  • PSYC 3020: Infancy (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3030: Psychological Testing (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3080: Social Psychology (6 credits)
  • PSYC 3100: Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 3110: Clinical Psychology: Theories and Systems of Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3140: Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3150: Childhood & Adolescence (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3200: Theories of Personality 1 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3210: Theories of Personality 2 (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3220: Adulthood and Aging (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3240: History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3250: Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3380: Psychology of Emotion (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3400: Introduction to Psychology and Law (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3410: Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3610: Integrated Methods & Analysis of Psychological Data
  • PSYC 4100: Advanced Research and Methodology

Other courses:

  • PSYC 4400: Directed Studies in Psychology (6 credits)
  • PSYC 4990: Honours Thesis (6 credits)

*Remember that only a selection of third and fourth year courses will be offered in any given academic year.

Directed Studies (PSYC 4400)

Psychology 4400 involves directed investigation of a problem, requiring a written report of the findings. The Directed Studies option is intended for those students pursuing master's or doctorate degrees in psychology. The student must have satisfactory standing in his or her coursework and the permission of a faculty member who is willing to supervise the investigation prior to enrolment.

Note: This course does not count toward the 30 credits required for graduation with a psychology major.