Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Calendar Description

The Psychology major is designed for you if you want to specialize in one discipline (Psychology).

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

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but you may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this program.

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, please fill in a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions about program admission.

Residency Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical and business writing courses
6 credits in humanities, other than English
3 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

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

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

Upper-Level Requirements

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

3 credits of Directed Studies (PSYC 4991)

Elective Requirements

15 credits of upper-level elective courses

45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

 Directed Studies

A Directed Studies course consists of concentrated study of a topic you have selected in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Directed Studies is open to you if you have fulfilled the general education requirements and all the lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, so it is essential that you consult with your Program Advisor before registering.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find either that course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services or call us for more about this or any other Open Learning program.