Thompson Rivers University

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Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major

Program Description:

The Psychology major is designed for students wanting to specialize in one discipline (psychology). TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but students may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to the degree program.

Students in this program must complete a Directed Studies course (see below)

What Can You Do With This Credential?

In Oslo, Norway where he is a full-time coach, Lee Davidson juggles fatherhood and work with his studies in the Bachelor of Arts, Psychology program. Davidson plans to blend his interest in psychology with his experience in sport.

Naomi vanGinkel Wilde plans to use her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology to help provide her with the foundations required to go on to graduate studies and pursue a career working with special needs and gifted children.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must submit a Program Admission form to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding this.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

One hundred and twenty credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher are required, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

May be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to general education requirements for disciplines.

Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature). Technical business writing courses do not meet this requirement.

Six credits in humanities other than English

Three credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science

PSYC 1111, Introductory Psychology I (3) or equivalent

PSYC 1211, Introductory Psychology II (3) or equivalent

PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences (3) or STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) or equivalent

Lower-Level Requirements (6 credits)

PSYC 2111, Introduction to Research in Experimental Psychology (3) or equivalent

Three credits of a second-year psychology course (may be PSYC 2161 or 2131)

A C average is required in lower-level psychology courses (including introductory psychology and statistics courses).

Upper-Level Requirements (30 credits)

Twenty-seven credits of upper-level psychology courses (may include PSYC 3151, 3451, 3461, 3611, 3621, 3991)

Three credits of Directed Studies (PSYC 4991)

A minimum grade of C is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (psychology).

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

Fifteen credits of upper-level elective courses

Forty-five credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

Directed Studies

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major, and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of the major. As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, students are required to consult with their program advisor before registering.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major, offered through Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL), are required to complete a Directed Studies course.

Students who are ready to register in a Directed Studies course are required to consult with their program advisor about registration procedures.


An upper-level course in statistics is strongly recommended for students who intend to pursue a post-graduate degree in psychology.

Thirty credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied studies, e.g. fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).


Email Student Services for more information.

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