Psychology, Associate of Arts Degree

The study of human thought and behaviour.

Psychology grad students

Program at a glance

Credential

Associate Degree

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Open to International

Yes

Area of study

Arts & Humanities

Length

2 years

Co-ops and internships

Alternate between full-time studies and full-time paid work.
Career Lab

Promoting physical and psychological health

Start in September, January or May!

Camosun offers academic psychology and applied psychology in the form of introductory interpersonal relations and counselling courses. We're focused on teaching and helping you gain the knowledge and skills that will make it possible for you to continue with university studies or with a career.

What's an Associate Degree?

An associate degree is a two-year academic program made up of 20 university-level courses. It is a stand-alone provincial credential you can list on your resume, as well as a good option to consider if you plan to continue your education to complete a university degree.

The Associate Degree program provides some flexibility with course choices and scheduling, you can study full-time or part-time, and potentially year round.

Camosun's academic advisors are available to help you understand how to choose the right courses to meet your educational goals. With this assistance, you will be able to make informed choices to ensure the courses you select will be usable for the specific university program you'd like to pursue.

A career in psychology

Psychology is a tremendously varied field. Psychologists can counsel, conduct research, assist business, industry and community, study social development, promote physical and psychological health through careers in private and public practice.

In BC, you must have a doctoral degree in psychology to become a registered psychologist. Beginning your studies with an associate degree is the perfect way to get a solid foundation in psychology, whether your goal is a graduate degree or a career in a related field. This AD can also lead to a full block transfer to Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program.

Work experience option

As an Associate Degree student, you can gain practical work experience through Co-op or an Internship. Work terms may be paid or unpaid, and are available after you've completed at least eight courses.

Choose between one four-month internship or two work terms with co-operative education.

Student Psychology Club

You'll find support and encouragement throughout your studies at Camosun by joining the Student Psychology Club—meeting other students in a social environment featuring guest speakers and activities that include movies, field trips, conferences, socials and excellent preparation for resume creation, scholarship applications, and admission to universities after Camosun. Learn more.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

What you'll learn

Camosun College offers an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology; during the two-year, 20-course program you'll study psychology, English, and a variety of arts courses. This two-year, 20-course program will give you a biopsychosocial grounding in the study of psychology.

As an associate degree student, you will have access to excellent academic advice; you'll have a definite learning path, but with room to explore along the way. You'll be well-prepared for success if you choose to continue with further post-secondary studies.

You may also choose to take psychology courses as electives to satisfy university transfer requirements for many other Camosun programs.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Psychology, Associate of Arts Degree

$7,286 (domestic)
$31,780 (international)

Psychology, Associate of Arts Degree, Internship designation 

$8,089 (domestic)
$33,415 (international)

Psychology, Associate of Arts Degree, Co-op designation

$8,766 (domestic)
$35,050 (international)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

One of:

  • C+ in English 12 
  • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative  

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

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If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your classes contact artsci@camosun.ca or the program chair. 

Faculty/staff profile

Kristina Andrew

Kristina Andrew

Instructional Assistant & Instructor Psychology - On Leave

andrew@camosun.ca
250-370-3195
Fisher Building
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Faculty/staff profile

Randal Tonks

Randal Tonks

Instructor, Psychology / Activity Instructor: Tai Chi

tonks@camosun.ca
250-370-3197
Ewing Building
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Anneke van Alderwegen

Anneke van Alderwegen

Instructor, Psychology

vanAlderwegen@camosun.ca
250-370-3107/ 4463
Fisher Building and Liz Ashton Campus Centre
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Learn more

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

School of Arts & Science

Campus location

Fisher Building 342D

Location link

Lansdowne Campus

250-370-3264

artsci@camosun.ca

 

International students please contact Camosun International