Psychology (BSc, BA)

Psychologists study the brain, behaviour, and mental processes. If you’ve ever wondered why people act the way they do, or how you might help people change their thoughts and behaviours for the better, psychology is an ideal field of study for you.

At Acadia, we want to teach you how to answer your own questions about human behaviour and not just what others have learned about psychology. You will have the opportunity to do hands-on psychological research early in your studies. Class limits of 25 for laboratory courses and 20 for upper-year seminar courses allow you to consider issues in depth, in a small group atmosphere. Our intimate program size allows you to get to know faculty members and fellow students well, and for them to get to know you.

You can pursue either a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology. The entrance requirements and the requirements for the major are identical for both, but you have the flexibility to select courses outside your major that are best-suited to your interests and career goals. You can do a minor, or (if desired) a second major, in almost any other discipline.

Be Inspired

Acadia offers a Neuroscience Option, focusing on the study of the nervous system, and an Applied Option, focusing on the effective management of human behaviour. These options involve pursuing a selection of targeted upper-year courses in these areas, which can provide solid preparation for careers in the health sciences, and in applied psychology fields such as clinical psychology and organizational counselling.

If you meet the requirements, any of these programs can be pursued with honours. As an honours student, you will work closely with a faculty member to complete a full-year research project in your fourth year. You will not simply be a small part of a large research machine; instead, you will be a co-creator of an original piece of research. The experience gained through this process is invaluable.

Future Careers

  • Audiology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Community services
  • Correctional services
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Health services
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Occupational therapy
  • Research
  • School psychology
  • Social work
  • Speech language pathology

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

PSYC 1113
Introductory Psychology 1
MATH x2x3
Statistics 1
Your choice
Your choice
Your choice

Semester Two

PSYC 1123
Introductory Psychology 2
MATH x2x3
Statistics 2
Your choice
Your choice
Your choice


Co-op Available: Yes

Health Sciences Option Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia University Psychology Association
Acadia Pre-Health Society
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Psychology Department
Horton Hall, Room 326
18 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6