University of Northern British Columbia

University of Northern British Columbia Psychology Degree Program


School Description:

The mission of the Psychology Department at the University of Northern British Columbia is

“To develop and disseminate knowledge in psychology, emphasizing areas of relevance to the North, especially the understanding of human health, human development, and social well-being.”

The research interests of our faculty vary considerably. Psychology at UNBC currently offers programs of study leading to the B.Sc., B.Sc.Hon., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees.

Undergraduate Program Description

The BSc Program

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Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. It focuses on identification of fundamental mechanisms and processes that regulate the behaviour and mental processes of organisms. The goal of the undergraduate Psychology program at the University of Northern British Columbia is to provide students with advanced knowledge in the substantive areas of psychology, emphasizing areas of particular need and relevance to psychological research directed at applied issues and human development. In addition, the program will provide training adequate to ensure students’ competitiveness for advanced graduate study in Psychology.
The total for the B.Sc. in Psychology is 122 credit hours. For more information, please consult the current online calendar via the “Undergraduate Program” link to the left.


For information regarding the B.Sc. with Honours program, please contact our Undergraduate and Honours Advisor, Dr. Loraine Lavalle.

Graduate Program Description

Psychology (MSc Program)

The MSc in Psychology at UNBC provides breadth in the substantive and methodological areas of psychology, with a focus on applied psychology and human development. The MSc will provide sufficient general training so that graduates will have skills which make them competitive in the job market.

Psychology (PhD Program)

Graduate training in psychology is in high demand, partly because of the high natural interests in the discipline, and partly because such training leads to a variety of desirable educational and career options in applied psychology, human development, and health. Graduates of the PhD program will be able to fulfill both traditional and emerging roles in psychology. Such options include the opportunity to teach and conduct research in post-secondary institutions, perform consultations in business and industry, do program planning and evaluation, and apply skills to a variety of social problems such as neuropsychiatric disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, aggression, health-risk behaviours, and developmental difficulties across the lifespan. Increasing connections with other disciplines and increasing recognition that the subject matter of psychology is central to the understanding of many social issues (e.g., health promotion, human development, high quality of life) have broadened psychology’s roles in society. Consequently, psychology has been evolving rapidly, and some of its new roles reflect the fact that the fundamental tools of psychologists—observation, measurement, and analysis—provide powerful means of assessing and remediating pressing social problems.

At UNBC, Psychology is located in the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences, which facilitates interaction with colleagues from related disciplines.

The objectives of the PhD program in Psychology include the following:

  • to develop scholars and researchers who have an advanced level of understanding of the psychological sciences, including comprehensive knowledge of contemporary data and theory in psychology, and a high level of methodological expertise;
  • to contribute to the larger body of scientific knowledge of psychology through research;
  • to prepare graduates who possess the understanding and skills necessary to deal with problems of relevance in northern British Columbia and other regions, and who are able to work toward achieving better health, and more stable and harmonious living and working conditions for individuals and groups;
  • to prepare graduates with an understanding of the linkages between psychological, biological, social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of human functioning; and
  • to communicate the results of research in order to contribute to the enhancement of northern British Columbia and other regions by developing sound psychological strategies, appropriate assessment tools, and program planning and evaluation methods.

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