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Bachelor of Science with Honors

Faculty of Science

Why study Psychology?

Why study Psychology? (Honors)

The BSc Psychology program focuses on how the brain functions, and how we perceive, learn, and forget things. You’ll gain an understanding of areas like perception and motivation, behavior, and cognitive development, with emphasis on the physical, biological and mathematical sciences.

Our Honors Psychology program includes first-hand experience conducting research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. There are two phases to this experience: A research apprenticeship undertaken in your third year, and the thesis research conducted in your fourth year.

Psychology can also be taken as part of a BSc Specialization or a BSc General degree.

See also Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Why get a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree?

Why take the BSc Specialization degree?

The Bachelor of Science Specialization degree provides a focused education in one program. You will take most of your courses in your main subject area, and are expected to maintain a higher standard of academic achievement. A Specialization degree can provide the background to help you proceed to a higher degree, but its primary function is to provide a comprehensive education at the undergraduate level.

This program can also be taken as part of a BSc Specialization degree.

Why study Science at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta delivers high-quality programs that investigate, explain, and explore the real science behind issues that affect our daily lives. With nearly 60 degree programs in 39 subject areas, we are one of the most comprehensive science faculties in Canada, with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, opportunities for undergraduate research, and professors who are leading researchers in their fields.

Possible Careers

  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Career Development Professional
  • Chemical Senses Specialist
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Clinical Neurophyschiatrist
  • Court Trial Consultant
  • Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Crisis Counsellor
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Parole or Probation Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Secondary School Teacher

Yasmin is a recent Science graduate who was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and is now studying at Oxford University. As a UAlberta student, Yasmin was President of the Health and Wellness student group and the founder of StolleryBOTs, a robotics program for patients at the Stollery Children's Hospital.

Non-Direct Entry

This program does not allow admission directly from high school. See requirements below for more details.

Preprofessional Study Time: 2 years, normally in the Faculty of Science

Alberta Grade 12 Courses:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Biology 30
  3. Mathematics 30-1
  4. One of Mathematics 31 (recommended); Chemistry 30; Physics 30
  5. An additional course from Humanities, Fine Arts or Sciences

U of A Course Requirements:

Students must complete: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100 (3), and PSYCO 105 (6) prior to application for admission.

Admission Selection: Completion of 24 in each preceding Fall/Winter with a minimum GPA of 3.0; Admission may take place only at the end of the second year (after completion of a minimum of 48).

Additional Information: Acceptance is dependent upon obtaining approval from a potential research supervisor by August 7. Students planning to apply for admission should consult the Departmental Honors advisor.


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The Office of the Registrar administers over $28 million each year in scholarships, awards, and financial support for undergraduate students, as well as financial and loan advising. Additional scholarships are also available for specific faculties and programs.

Why UAlberta?

The University of Alberta is one of the Top 5 universities in Canada and Top 100 in the world, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, award-winning professors, a diverse and welcoming community, and opportunities for undergraduates you won’t find anywhere else. Come learn, try, solve, create, challenge, master, transform, and change the world.

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