Associate of Arts Degree - Psychology

Faculty of Arts & Sciences School of Social Sciences

Associate Degree

2 year(s)

Program Highlights

Learn the science, history and theories of Psychology and explore the fundamentals behind the science of human behaviour.

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, thoughts, and feelings. Topics include personality, motivation, and relationships. It also examines how we develop and learn, how our social roles and culture affect us, and the impact of stress and mental health issues. Our Associate of Arts Degree program is the first two years of a BA.

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, appropriate to the course level (lower level or upper level), with awareness of the limits of their knowledge. (This accomplishes Goal 1 of the APA [American Psychological Association] assessment profile).
  • Use critical and creative thinking and scientific inquiry to analyze, evaluate and synthesize course materials and related information.
  • Identify and demonstrate the application of ethical reasoning, social responsibility and sensitivity to diversity in the research enterprise and the application of psychology.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral modes.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative reasoning and problem-solving, and use and interpret research methods and statistical analyses, with respect to issues in psychology.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSummerBoth
North VancouverFallBoth
North VancouverSpringBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,066 $1,327 $5,393
Year 2$4,066 $1,327 $5,393
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$8,131 $2,655 $10,786

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

English Requirement

Total credits: 6.00

ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 112Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 260Writing Communities3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Special Topics in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320Global Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 323Special Topics in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 352Special Topics in British Literature, 1000-16603.00 credits
ENGL 353Special Topics in British Literature, 1660-18303.00 credits
ENGL 354Special Topics in British Literature, 1830-19703.00 credits
ENGL 356Special Topics in American Literature, 1620-18653.00 credits
ENGL 357Special Topics in American Literature, 1865-19703.00 credits
ENGL 358Special Topics in Contemporary Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 359Indigenous Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 363Words in The World I: Genre and Form3.00 credits
ENGL 365Words in the World II: Cultures, Networks and Traditions3.00 credits
ENGL 367Land School3.00 credits
ENGL 369Foundations in Writing Pedagogy3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 392Creative Writing: Creative Travel Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 393Creative Writing: Advanced Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 394Creative Writing: Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 395Creative Writing: Special Topics3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Special Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 435Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 463Words in the World III: Critical and Creative Formations3.00 credits
ENGL 464Capstone Project3.00 credits
ENGL 465Words in the World Practicum3.00 credits
ENGL 466Directed Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 467Honours Thesis6.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Creative Writing: Directed Studies3.00 credits


18 Credits at 100-Level (not English) no more than six credits in any one subject area

Total credits: 18.00

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology I3.00 credits
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology II3.00 credits
Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:
Humanities Electives (PHIL 101, 110 or 120 recommended)6.00 credits
Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:
Humanities or Social Science Electives 100-Level6.00 credits


Arts Courses 200-Level or higher - 2 subject areas

Total credits: 18.00


If PSYC 213 is used to fulfil the Mathematics or Statistics or Computer Science requirement, an additional 3 credits from another 200-level Psychology course is required.

PSYC 212Research Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 213Statistical Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:

If PSYC 225 is used to fulfil the Science course requirement, an additional 3 credits from another 200-level Psychology course is required.

PSYC 225Biopsychology of Behaviour3.00 credits
PSYC 230Cognitive Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
PSYC 200Social Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 207Lifespan Development3.00 credits
PSYC 222Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
PSYC 200Social Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 207Lifespan Development3.00 credits
PSYC 222Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 225Biopsychology of Behaviour3.00 credits
PSYC 230Cognitive Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
200-Level Arts Elective (excluding Psychology)3.00 credits


Science Courses

Total credits: 9.00

Laboratory Science Elective (BIOL 104 recommended), minimum 2 hour lab, excludes Computing Science and Applied Science; Students should take BIOL 112 if they wish to take BIOL 113)3.00 credits
Mathematics or Computer Science or Statistics Elective (If PSYC 213 used for this requirement must obtain additional 3 credits in another 200-level Psychology)3.00 credits
Science Elective (BIOL 113 recommended; or PSYC 225 - if used for this requirement, students must take an additional 3 credits 200-level Psychology course)3.00 credits


Electives 9 credits of assigned or unassigned university transferable credit

Total credits: 9.00

Choose 9.00 credits of electives:
University Transferable Electives9.00 credits


Total program credits: 60.00

Program Notes

Please see Classification of Subjects for Associate Degrees in the University Calendar for clarification of Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Science electives.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Feb 4, 2020 - Dec 1, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 16, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 21, 2020 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 2, 2020 - Apr 6, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 8, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Apr 26, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2021 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

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Admission Requirements

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