Psychology | Mount Allison


Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It seeks to understand human nature and why people do what they do.


Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It seeks to understand human nature and why people do what they do.

The objectives of psychological study are to understand human nature, for its own sake, and to provide an increasingly reliable basis for the application of psychological principles to education, social policy, and medical treatment.

The goals are to describe, explain, and predict behaviour, allowing for a scientific means of optimizing human development, abilities, and quality of life.

    At a Glance

    Degree options
    Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours
    Bachelor of Science (BSc), major or honours


    At Mount Allison, the Psychology program offers students a diversity of courses, while maintaining a strong core curriculum.

      As the scientific study of mind and behaviour, psychology is a:

      • social science
        how people influence the behaviour of others, why we do what we do, personality and self-concept
      • biological science
        physiological mechanisms, neuroanatomy, evolutionary origins of mental and behavioural phenomena
      • cognitive science
        sensation and perception, abstract thinking, reasoning, language, memory

      Courses are offered in areas of psychology like:

      • developmental
      • biological
      • neurological
      • cognitive
      • social
      • personality
      • abnormal
      • learning
      • health

      Psychology students develop their knowledge by using scientific methods to analyze behaviour, employing careful observation and experimentation to develop and test theories. The results are theories, backed up by facts, that further your comprehension of the human mind.

      You may also have the chance to participate in directed studies projects, independent summer research projects, honours theses, and volunteer work.

      Degree options

      At Mount Allison, there are different degree options in Psychology depending on your interests and career goals.

      Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

      As a Bachelor of Arts student with a major in Psychology, you'll combine your Psychology courses (42 credits) with complementary courses in arts and letters, humanities, and social sciences (18 credits).

      BA honours Psychology is also available.

      Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology

      As a Bachelor of Science student with a major in Psychology, you'll combine your Psychology courses (42 credits) with complementary courses in Science (18 credits).

      BSc honours Psychology is also available.

      Minor in Psychology

      A minor in Psychology consists of a selection of core and elective Psychology courses (24 credits) and can be combined with any degree.

      Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


      Second-year biopsychology class


      Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

      Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

      With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.

      Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

      Popular career paths for Psychology graduates include:

      • researcher
      • clinical psychologist
      • psychological counsellor
      • employment/career development counsellor
      • child/youth worker
      • teacher/guidance counsellor/educational psychologist
      • corrections officer/police officer
      • border services/immigration officer
      • social policy analyst
      • human resources specialist
      • speech-language pathologist/audiologist/occupational therapist
      • marketing specialist
      • art psychologist/art or music therapist
      • health care administrator
      • doctor/dentist/optometrist/nurse
      • lawyer
      • social worker

      Alumni Spotlight

      Dr. Lindsay Ross-Stewart ('03)
      Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
      Psychology professor and sport psychology consultant, Southern Illinois University Edwardville (SIUE)

      » Sport psychologist professor Dr. Lindsay Ross-Stewart ('03) works with college teams on imagery-assisted virtual reality training


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      Some of the best things about the Psychology program at Mount Allison are the number of hands-on research opportunities, as well as the support and strong sense of community within the department. I am incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences I have had through this program from completing a directed studies project, working as a research assistant, and spending a summer working in the department.

      BA Psychology, minor in Music
      Maclellan’s Brook, NS
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      I love the Psychology professors at Mount A. They are all so knowledgeable and experienced, and yet they are approachable rather than intimidating! They share personal anecdotes to make the material more memorable and encourage asking questions because they are genuinely invested in student success.

      BSc honours Pychology, minor in Biology
      Saint John, NB


      Undergraduate research

      Faculty members in the Psychology department all have active research programs in their own area of specializations.

      Psychology students at Mount Allison are able to participate in the research process in a number of ways:

      • faculty members supervise research projects for honours and directed studies students
      • students can apply for research awards which allow them to work with faculty members over the summer term
      • students can work or volunteer in faculty research laboratories
      • students in our introductory Psychology classes are given the opportunity to experience the research process by participating in our 'psychology participant pool' and becoming a participant in the many studies conducted each year in the department


      Facilities in the Department of Psychology include computers for professional database searches and statistical data analysis, a human interaction observation laboratory, and laboratories for demonstration and research with humans and animals.

      Psychology labs include:

      • Psychobiology of Stress and Health (PSHL) Lab
      • Mount Allison Sexual Health Research Lab (MASHLab)
      • MtA Personality Lab
      • Cognition Education Lab
      • Neuroscience Lab


      Bachelor of Arts
      Bachelor of Science

      Admission Requirements

      Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

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