Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychology provides a wealth of insight into people's thoughts, feelings, and actions, both in personal and professional life.
A background in psychology can be just as useful for understanding ourselves and our relationships as it can be for advancing to the next level in your education and career, whether in psychology or in one of the many fields that apply psychology.
Careers and opportunities
Psychology is a strong foundation for a wide range of careers, including:
- Education and training
- Health and wellness
Associate degrees from CNC transfer into university programs and give you preferential admission at public universities and university-colleges in BC. (Consult the British Columbia Transfer Guide and check with CNC advisors to verify transferability of credits.)
What you'll learn
By studying psychology, you'll learn to:
- Understand human behaviour
- Conduct research
- Analyse statistics
Associate of Arts Psychology Courses
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to determine causes for behaviour and try to find answers by exploring biological and environmental influences. Some psychologists perform research in laboratories while others work in social organizations, but both are attempting to find solutions to real world problems. As well, many psychology graduates use their education to embark on careers in law, health care, criminology, business, and education.
3 additional credits of 200-level PSYC
3 credits of UT BIO, CHEM, physical GEOG, or PHYS with a minimum of a 2 hour/week laboratory component*
*Biology 103 or 104 are recommended for Humanities and Social Science students
3 additional credits of UT BIO, CHEM, CSC, physical GEOG, MATH, or PHYS with or without a laboratory component**
**PSYC 201 satisfies the Math requirement for the Associate of Arts
6 additional credits in Humanities
Social Sciences Requirement
6 credits in Social Sciences (in addition to 15 credits in PSYC) The following courses may be of particular interest to Psychology students:
- ANTH 206 Medical Anthropology
- CRIM 102 Psychology of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
- KINS 127 Contemporary Health Issues
- KINS 235 Sport and Exercise Psychology
- SOC 206 Social Problems
- WMST 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies I
- WMST 102 Introduction to Women’s Studies II
- 3 additional credits 100-level UT English
- 3 additional credits of 200-level PSYC
- 9 additional credits in Arts, Sciences or other areas
- 9 additional UT credits in any area
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
You’ll need one of the following:
- Successful completion of Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples)
- ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate
- GED Certificate
- Completion of Grade 11 with an outstanding academic record in the year of application.
Note 1: It is recommended high school students consult their counsellors to ensure they select the most appropriate high school courses for their chosen career paths.
Note 2: Students who received less than a “B” grade in English 12 or its equivalent are strongly encouraged to select English 103 as their first English course.
Note 3: Students applying for admission to MATH 101, CSC 109, Phys 101 or Chem 111 who obtained a “C+” or less in Principles of Math 12 (interim grade) or Math 050 must first register in MATH 100.
Note 4: The GED certificate meets the general admission requirements but does not meet specific program or course prerequisites.
Note 5: You will need to comply with the prerequisites of specific courses you select.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Any program of study that does not have a selective admission process or fixed capacity and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.
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These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
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Salaries and employment
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