Our psychology program offers two different degrees, tailored to the students’ strengths and interests. The Bachelor of Science (BSc four-year) degree requires students to complete a greater number of biological-based courses compared to the Bachelor of Arts (BA four-year) degree.
In addition to the standard courses on methodology that are required for a psychology degree, we offer courses on a wide range of topics in psychology. The majority of courses that we offer fall under one of two broadly-based categories: those that focus on the social bases of behaviour, and those that focus on the biological bases of behaviour. While it is widely known that psychology can involve the identification of, and counselling for, abnormal thoughts and behaviours, there are many other areas of psychology that you can explore with us.
A psychology degree is really a stepping stone to the next phase of a student’s life. We teach you how to be dedicated, motivated, and to think critically about scientific data, human and non-human behaviour, and science in general. These are skills that are in demand by many prospective employers. Many of our former students have continued with higher education at the graduate level, earning Master’s and PhD degrees. We also have former students with law and education degrees, and others who are now speech and language pathologists, audiologists, forensic psychologists, and neuroscientists.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Our fourth-year thesis course allows students to select a topic of their choice, conduct an extensive review of literature, design their own experiment, collect and analyze data, and present their research at the Algoma University Annual Psychology Thesis Conference. Check out our previous psychology theses!
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Summer Employment Program
Each summer, the Psychology Department hires students as Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants through the Summer Employment Program. Such positions provide students with valuable experience working in their field.
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Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
Psychology students are eligible for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). These awards are meant to stimulate students’ interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering.
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Two degree options, one great program
Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology or a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The science-based option has a greater number of biological-based courses. Each will use both sides of your brain.
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Study the forefather of psychology
Students will study the theories and minds of history’s most influential psychologists, and will learn how their theories relate or conflict with each other. Students will study Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, B. F. Skinner, Erik Erikson, and many more.
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Nature versus Nurture
One of the oldest debates in psychology, students will learn about the nature versus nurture debate and analyze which side has a greater influence on childhood development, or if both exert equal force.
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Tweeting in the classroom
Did you know that all of Dr. Brodbeck’s lectures can be found online on iTunes as podcasts and that he encourages tweeting inside and outside of the classroom to facilitate discussion and to get extra help? Follow him on Twitter @dbrodbeck.
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Open door policy
Our caring faculty maintain an informal setting where you are welcome to drop by our office to discuss any academic matters. This allows students to seek help, find answers outside of regular class time, and broaden their overall understanding of psychology.
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Meet our Faculty
Our faculty is dedicated to providing the support necessary to assure our student’s academic and career success!
Dr. Cheryl Reed-Elder
Associate Professor, Chair of Sciences FacultyView Full Bio
Dr. Laurie Bloomfield
Faculty Chair, SciencesView Full Bio
Dr. David Brodbeck
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Paul Dupuis
Department Chair, PsychologyView Full Bio
Dr. Arthur Perlini
ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Dwayne Keough
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
“My fondest memory was my last day at Algoma U. My classmates and I had gotten really close, and we suddenly realized this is it–this is the end of our time here. I remember Brodbeck praising our class, our work ethic, and our achievements. It’s such a great memory and feeling knowing that your mentor genuinely cares about your success and recognizes your efforts. You can’t get this close to people and to your professors at a bigger university. It really is like a family here.”
BA Hons, Psychology, MA, Forensics Psychology
“I would recommend Algoma U to someone pursing a degree in Psychology because of the amazing professors. At Algoma U, the professors go above and beyond to know the students in their classrooms and to challenge them to grow as learners. This is also a drawback because it does mean that as a student you will be required to push yourself further and study harder than expected. However, the professors know how to tailor their teaching to push students to grow and exceed their potential.”
BSc Hons, Psychology, BEd, BHSc
“As a team, we strive not only to “profess our knowledge” in lecture and seminar courses, but more importantly, to teach students to evaluate the information, think critically about data, and incorporate their knowledge across topics. Whether you are coming straight from high school, you are a transfer student from another university or college, or you are thinking of updating your education, these are skills that will transfer to your future career or place of employment.”