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Psychology 

Dalhousie University's Psychology & Neuroscience Department is the most distinguished in the Atlantic provinces, offering Majors in both Neuroscience and Psychology with courses taught by award-winning faculty. 


Your Major Map: Psychology  

The Psychology Major Map highlights academic and co-curricular opportunities and provides an overview of how students can optimize their degree. Students are encouraged to connect with advising supports at Dalhousie and use the Academic Calendar and Timetable to create their course plan.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE


Your Academic Plan

FIRST YEAR                                                 SECOND YEAR                                         THIRD YEAR                                             FOURTH YEAR

  • Complete required introductory courses in Psychology: PSYO 1011/1012 and in other required subjects. See the first-year course planner worksheet for more information
  • At the end of your first year, you can declare your major and register for second-year courses
  • You will start taking more core courses in Psychology, gaining knowledge and lab experience:
    PSYO 2000, PSYO 2591, PSYO 2470 + 3 other courses selected from nine options 
  • Consider combining your degree with another subject with a double major, minor, or certificate

 

  • Aim to take 4-6 psychology courses grouped around topics that interest you. Make sure you're on track with course requirements  using DARS 
  • Apply for an honours degree ahead of your fourth year if you are considering graduate studies
  • In your final year, you should be taking 4-6 psychology courses
  • Complete any requirements for a certificate or minor and check your degree audit to ensure you are on track to graduate 
  • Apply to graduate by Dec 1 for spring convocation and July 4 for fall convocation 

Gaining Experience

  • Explore the myCareer portal to browse through work and volunteer opportunities on and off campus 
  • Participate in ongoing psychology research experiments: sign up with SONA
  • Gain teaching and communication skills by applying for a teaching assistant role or working with a science outreach organization like SuperNova or Let's Talk Science
  • Attend career prep workshops or apply for graduate or professional programs
  • Don't forget to complete your Co-Curricular Record!

 


Build Your Scientific Community

  • Attend the Dal Science Welcome Party
  • Attend the Faculty of Science Program Fair for help planning your next steps
  • Consider running for a position with the Dal Science Society's Executive or with your student society
  • You're about to join over 30,000 other grads all over the world as a Dal Science alumni! 
  • Stay involved with your faculty and department and connect with our incredible network of alumni

 


Connect with Advisors

  • Familiarize yourself with Dalhousie's many supports an reach out to advisors for guidance
  • See the psychology guidebook  for information of degree requirements

 

  • See which scholarships & prizes might be available to your through the department, on a competitive basis

For any questions about your major, enrolling in a minor or certificate, summer research, or honours, speak with a program advisor!


Where a Psychology Degree Can Take You

A BSc degree in psychology provides great preparation for a variety of careers. The skills and knowledge aquired through this program can be applied, but not limited to career paths in:

Counselling, labour relations, social and community services, speeh pathology, audiology, technical writing, corrections, probation, marketing and public relations, gerontology, health services, and mental health.  

A bachelor's degree in psychology is often an important first step towards other professional careers such as education, social work, medicine, law, and management.

Students who wish to pursue psychology as a career will need to complete a Master's degree (MA or MSc) at minimum or PhD in order to become a particising psychologist.  


Core Competencies Gained

Students laugh while participating in a psychology experiment

Psychology related skills: 

  • An understanding of the various sub-disciplines in psychology, major theories, and the history 
  • Experience with pscyhological research methods such as data collection and analysis
  • An understanding of the physiological, emotional, cognitive and social determinants of behavior
  • Knowledge of research ethics

Transferable skills: 

  • Academic writing and presentation skills
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Time management
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Basic statistical analyses 
  • Research skills

Possible Careers and Employment

Psychology majors can be employed within a variety of industries and have multiple career path options. Some of the options below will typically require graudate-level training*, while some can be pursued following the completion of baccalaureate program only.

  • Counsellor*                                
  • Psychologist*  
  • Occupational therapist*
  • Child and youth worker 
  • Community worker
  • Case manager
  • Clinical coordinator
  • Researcher*
  • Teacher/professor*
  • Social worker*
  • Advertising
  • Addictions counsellor*
  • Correctional officer
  • Career counsellor*
  • Customs agent
  • Program coordinator
  • Psychiatric aide
  • Recreation specialist
  • Mental health worker
  • Professional consultant
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