Program - Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. The goals are to describe, explain, and predict behaviour, allowing for a scientific means of optimizing human development, abilities, and quality of life.
Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options:

Other degree option in the field of psychology at Mount Allison:

  • BSc, honours or major in cognitive science
  • BA, honours or major in cognitive science

At its core, psychology is the quest to understand 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.

At Mount Allison, psychology can be pursued either as a science or an arts discipline, depending on your interests.

As the scientific study of mind and behaviour, psychology studies 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

The psychology program at Mount Allison offers students a diversity of courses, while maintaining a strong core curriculum. 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.

Find a list of psychology courses in the academic calendar – psychology.

NEW! Undergraduate certificates

Undergraduate certificates are open to Mount Allison students in any program of study. Certificates (12-18 credits) are taken during your Mount Allison degree, and must be combined with a major/degree program. Certificates available in the field of psychology:

  • Certificate in Biopsychology
  • Certificate in Foundations of Health

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

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