Honours Bachelor of Applied Science + Diploma in General Arts and Science

University of Guelph
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science + Diploma in General Arts and Science

Discover how psychology plays a role in every area of society, then find your niche. Study the brain. Learn research skills. Explore the processes and factors that shape who we become by studying topics such as development and aging, learning difficulties, ethics, culture, neuroscience, cognition, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and persuasion.

Your first two years introduce you to key concepts and provide foundational courses. In years three and four, your courses will become more focused and offer more applied study. In addition to your honours degree and diploma, you have the option to pursue one of three certificates in years three and four:

Certificate options

  • Intercultural Relations: Increase your cultural literacy and enrich your understanding of diversity in Canada.
  • Organizational Behaviour: Develop a greater understanding of leadership, groups and behaviour in organizations.
  • Research Skills and Analysis: Expand your knowledge of research methods in psychology and refine your investigative and analytical abilities.

In your final year, you will choose between an honours seminar and thesis.

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Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, an Ontario high school applicant must be completing or have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and be completing six 4U/M courses, including the subject requirements. These will be used to calculate your admission average.

For more information about admission requirements for high school applicants from Ontario and outside of Ontario, transfer applicant or international applicant, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1 (F)

  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Writing for Psychology
  • Critical Thinking
  • Indigenous Mental Health: A Global Perspective

Semester 2 (W)

  • Introductory Psychology: Principles
  • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Principles of Anthropology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • General Elective

Semester 3 (F)

  • Social Psychology
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • General Elective

Semester 4 (W)

  • Qualification in Psychology I
  • Personality
  • Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • General Elective

Semester 5 (F)

  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • General Elective

One of:

  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam (IR)
  • Quantification in Psychology II (RS) (Thesis Stream)
  • Leadership and Motivation (OB)

Semester 6 (W)

  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
  • Persuasion and Facilitation
  • Applied Study in Psychology: Community Mental Health (Placement)

One of:

  • Intercultural Understanding and Communication (IR)
  • Case Studies and Qualitative Methods (RS)
  • Psychology of Group Dynamics (OB)

Semester 7 (F)

  • History of Psychology
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Applications of Psychology
  • Theories of Psychotherapy I

One of:

  • General Elective
  • Thesis I (Thesis Stream)

Semester 8 (W)

  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Theories of Psychotherapy II

One of:

  • Honours Seminar in Psychology
  • Thesis II (Thesis Stream)

One of:

  • Immigration and Identity in Canada (IR)
  • Research Communication and Proposal Writing (RS)
  • Organizational Psychology (OB)

Please note that curriculum and course sequencing is subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.


International fees - $30,500- $42,200CAD


Degree + Diploma

Continuing studies

Further Education

  • Masters/PhD in Psychology
  • Medical School
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Science in Neuroscience

Career paths

Sample Careers

  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Group Facilitator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Neuroscientist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychometrist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Researcher

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University of Guelph

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