Psychology BSc

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Psychology BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Psychology is a complex but fascinating field of study which includes the study f human and animal behaviour, motivation and thought as well as dipping into disciplines like biology, philosophy, sociology and even computer science to answer important questions about how we think, feel and behave the ways we do.

    The University of Dalhousie’s BSc in Psychology is delivered by one of the largest Departments of Psychology in the region, with more than 30 faculty members covering all specialties. Its teachers have won many awards, and its facilities are truly top notch.

    You can further specialise your degree by adding a second major or one or more minors. There will also be opportunities to participate in Dal’s many Co-op Program. This could involve paid work with companies like Twitter, IBM or the Ocean Tracking Network. You’ll also develop important transferrable skills, developing your written and oral communication abilities to make you more employable in nearly any field.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.  You’ll begin with mostly common core Psychology classes in your first year or so. Access to more specific elective courses will follow in later years.

    Psychology Modules Include:

    • Introduction to Psychology and Neuroscience
    • Methods in Experimental Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • Learning
    • Perceptual Processes
    • Animal Behaviour
    • Abnormal Behaviour
    • Systems Neuroscience
    • Contemporary Research Problems
    • Statistical Methods
    • Cellular Neuroscience
    • Brain and Behaviour
    • Directed Research in Psychology
    • Experiential Learning in Science Communication
    • Psychometrics
    • Neurobiology of Learning
    • Laboratory Methods of Learning and Conditioning
    • Sensory Neuroscience l: Vision
    • Sensory Neuroscience II: Hearing and Speech
    • Experimental Social Psychology
    • Social Cognition
    • Methods in Developmental Psychology
    • Early Development
    • Language and Literacy
    • Independent Research in Psychology
    • Methods in Experimental Clinical Psychology
    • Childhood Psychopathology
    • Research Methods in Attention
    • Research Methods in Visual Cognition
    • Research Methods in Memory
    • Research Methods in Psycholinguistics
    • Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Measuring Behaviour
    • Advanced Animal Behaviour
    • Neuroethology
    • Hormones & Behaviour

    Learning And Teaching

    Dalhousie University’s undergraduate programs are delivered via many teaching methods, including lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs.  

    You’ll have the support of the school’s Academic Advisors throughout your stay at Dalhousie. They can help you with study skills coaching, guide you to meet all of your educational goals and identify appropriate optional programs, such as co-op or study abroad.

    Career Possibilities

    A BSc in Psychology can become the base upon which you build many different careers. Recent graduates have become health professionals, lab assistants, research assistants, corrections or law enforcement officers, human resource professionals, advertising and/or marketing professionals, psychiatric technicians or case managers.

    Alternatively some students continue academically, remaining long enough to gain a Master’s degree or higher. This opens up roles in clinical psychology, forensic psychology or psychological research, among others.  

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BSc degree.

     Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program, or the international equivalent. Entry is competitive, and they should be able to show an overall grade of at least 70% (or equivalent).

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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