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 VancouverSpringFull-time or part-time
North VancouverSummerFull-time or part-time
North VancouverFallFull-time or part-time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4147 $1638 $5785
Year 2$4147 $1638 $5785
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$8294 $3276 $11570

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

ENGLEnglish 100-Level6.00 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:
PSYCPsychology 200-level3.00 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

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Feb 2, 2021 - Dec 7, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 15, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 20, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 1, 2021 - May 3, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 7, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

May 2, 2022 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 5, 2021 - Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 4, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 22, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

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    2. Pay your application fee.
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Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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