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Psychology (BA)

Psychology (BA)

waterloo  waterloo | Also available in brantford

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Psychology involves the scientific study of behaviour and experience, including thinking, feeling and action. Psychology teaches us how we learn languages, how we function in community and how to promote healthy development across the lifespan, among other topics.

In the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology program at our Waterloo campus, you'll learn about the roles that personality, social factors, external environments, cultural differences, societal context and biological factors have in influencing these behaviours and processes.

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • Psychology students participate in Community Service-Learning (CSL), a mandatory component of developmental and some other psychology courses. CSL will place you into a daycare facility, school, or service organization within the Waterloo community – a great way for you to get real-world experience.
  • In your upper years, you’ll have the opportunity to become involved in the cutting-edge research of our professors.
  • Our professors are not only accomplished researchers with international reputations, but also among the best teachers you’ll find anywhere (many have won teaching awards), who are excited to give you the education you need to pursue your goals.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology I

  • Introduction to Psychology II

  • Foundations for Community Engagement and Service

  • 3.5 elective credits

Choice may be offered for a selection of these courses. For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • One of 3M Functions, 3U Functions & Relations or any 4U mathematics at 60%.
  • English calculated in admission average.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology
  • Youth and Children's Studies
  • Sociology

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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