Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Explore the intricacies of the human mind as you seek to understand human behaviour—how people think, act and feel.

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4 years


Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Why study Psychology at UBC Okanagan?

Get your UBC degree in psychology, the study of human and animal behaviour. Psychology explores diverse topics—from the factors involved in social interactions among individuals and groups and the processes underlying the nervous system, to moral development in children and what gives us a sense of wellbeing.

At UBC Okanagan, you can complete either a BA or BSc in psychology. Bachelor programs offer a Major or a General Studies BA with a Concentration in Psychology.

Degree Options

Students enrolled in the BA Psychology Program and the BSc Psychology Program take the same required Psychology courses; the only difference is in the electives associated with the degree’s requirements.

UBC Okanagan’s Psychology Program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover topics such as personalities, abnormal behaviour, stress and memory.



Sample Courses

These are examples of courses you can enrol in during your studies. To plan your academic journey, please visit undergraduate academic planning.

PSYO 121 - Introduction to Psychology: Personal Functioning
PSYO 111 - Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
ENGL 112 - Studies in Composition
STAT 121 - Elementary Statistics

PSYO 230 - Biopsychology of Behaviour
PSYO 271 - Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYO 219 - Introduction to Cognition
PSYO 270 - Introduction to Research Methods and Design
PSYO 241 - Personality

PSYO 311 - Memory
PSYO 321 - Child Development
PSYO 353 - Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality I
PSYO 310 - Learning
PSYO 335 - Drugs and Behaviour

PSYO 442 - Interpersonal Behaviour and Psychopathology
PSYO 457 - Applied Social Psychology in the Workplace
PSYO 462 - Evolutionary Psychology of Aggression and the Blind Movement
PSYO 506 - Contemporary Theories of Psychology

Plan your academic journey by exploring the undergraduate academic planning guide designed for Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students.

Explore customized Program Plans designed to support your journey to graduation and beyond.

Careers and Outcomes

UBC degrees are respected by employers around the globe. Program graduates will have the skills to pursue a career in a variety of fields like,

  • Bacteriology technician
  • Bioanalyst
  • Biochemistry technologist
  • Bioremediation specialist
  • Biosafety officer
  • Biotechnology assistant
  • Dental sciences
  • Environmental scientist
  • Food bacteriological technician
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food products technologist
  • Forensic laboratory analyst
  • Infectious disease control specialist
  • Medical scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Microbiology quality control technologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Nursing scientist
  • Patent agent
  • Pathology assistant

Admission, Fees, Applying

You could soon be studying at one of the world’s top universities. Be sure to review the content below to prepare for attending UBC Okanagan.

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Experiential Learning

Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleague.

Learn more about Co-op, Go Global and Undergraduate Research Awards opportunities at Experiential Education.

Additionally, UBCO’s Psychology Program offers unique opportunities like the Arts Career Apprenticeship Program and undergraduate research positions.

Global and Close-Knit

At UBC Okanagan, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally ranked, top 5% university while studying in a close-knit learning community. 50% of graduates, from all across the globe, choose to stay in the region.

Discover the Okanagan

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards, orchards and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan is an inspirational landscape perfect for those seeking leisure or outdoor adventure.

UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people— the fourth fastest-growing population in Canada.