Students can expect to use up to date technology and interactive online and in-class learning tools that engage students and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The Associate of Arts Degree (Psychology) is 2-year, 60 credit, multidisciplinary program that includes arts courses with a focus on psychology (minimum 18 credits).
The AC Difference
AC students gain from small class sizes and access to instructors with varied expertise in psychology that guarantees AC offers students a wide range of transferable psychology courses.
Graduating students may move to entry-level positions in health and social services, human resources, and sales, to name a few, or may also choose to work towards advanced degrees.
Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.
Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Biopsychology, Learning, Perception, Memory, and Cognition.
UBC PSYC 101 (3)
SFU PSYC 100 (3)
UVic PSYC 100A (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 101 (3)
TRU PSYC 1110 (3)
Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Motivation, Assessment, Developmental, Personality, Clinical, and Social Psychology.
UBC PSYC 102 (3)
SFU PSYC 102 (3)
UVic PSYC 100B (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 102 (3)
TRU PSYC 1210 (3)
Thinking about psychological science, with an emphasis on common errors of judgment.
ENGL 098 or PSYC 101
UBC PSYC 217 (3)
SFU PSYC 201 (3)
UVic PSYC 201 (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 215 (3)
TRU PSYC 2110 (3)
Introduces behavioural data analysis; the use of inferential statistics in psychology and conceptual interpretation of data; experimental design (laboratory, field research methods); presentation of data analyses in reports.
ENGL 098, PSYC 101
UBC PSYC 218 (3)
SFU PSYC 210 (3)
UVic PSYC 2XX (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3) or PSYC 315 (4)
TRU PSYC 210 (3)
This course covers historical and contemporary models and epidemiology of deviant behaviour with emphasis on the psychological factors that contribute to its etiology and treatment. This course introduces an overview of the biological, psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioural and psycho-social paradigms of maladaptive behavior in children and adult.
ENGL 099, PSYC 102
UBC PSYC 2nd (3)
SFU PSYC 241 (3)
UVic PSYC 260 (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)
TRU PSYC 2160 (3)
This course covers the major theories and research findings pertaining to the physical, cognitive, and social dimensions of childhood and adolescent.
ENGL 099, PSYC 102
UBC PSYC 2nd (3)
SFU PSYC 250 (3)
UVIC PSYC 243 (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)
The course description is: This course introduces theories, research findings, and research methods as well as issues and problems encountered in the study of people as social beings. It addresses the scientific investigation of human cognition and behaviour in social contexts by examining topics such as self-concept, social influence processes (e.g., conformity, compliance, and obedience), altruism, interpersonal attraction, aggression, attribution theories, attitude formation and attitude change, and leadership.
PSYC 102, ENGL 098
UBC PSYC 308 (3)
SFU PSYC 260 (3)
UVic PSYC 231 (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 207 (3)
TRU PSYC 2220 (3)
This course will focus on understanding the brain and its underlying structure to explain behaviour in humans and animals. Students will examine the neural basis of sensation, perception, learning, memory as well as behavioural, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders that arise from nervous system dysfunction. Students will learn to identify and describe parts of the nervous system, the neural basis of behaviour and to evaluate and give examples on how malfunctioning of the nervous system affects behaviour.
ENGL 099, PSYC 101
SFU PSYC 280 (3)
UVic PSYC 2XX (1.5)
UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (1977), Master of Arts in Behavioural Science (1979), and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (1989).
Courses Taught at AC: PSYC101: Introductory Psychology (I), PSYC102: Introductory Psychology (II), PSYC217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods), PSYC218: Analysis of Behavioural Data, PSYC241: Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC260: Social Psychology.
I am interested in a broad range of topics in applied psychology which fall under the general themes of Human Factors, Ergonomics and Environmental Psychology Educational background: B.A. (Philosophy / Psychology-Honours: University of Prince Edward Island); M.E.S (Environmental Studies: York University); Ph.D. (Expt. Human Factors Psychology-York University), Postdoc (NSERC-Defence Canada - Toronto). Professor: Department of Psychology Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Adjunct Professor: Department of Psychology University of British Columbia
Adjunct Professor: Royal Roads University
Member: Standing Academic Standards Committee Alexander College
Courses Taught at AC: PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications), PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), PSYC 218 Analysis of Behavioural Data
In addition to my passion for teaching, I enjoy doing research in psychology. When I am not teaching, I run my own consulting business where I use my research skills to assist organizations with their research needs.
Educational background: B.A. (Psychology; Justice Studies - Honours: Northeastern Illinois University); M.A. (Social Sciences / Human Development: University of Chicago); Ph.D. (Educational Psychology: University of British Columbia).
Instructor: School of Computing and Academic Studies: Psychology at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Instructor: Psychology at Alexander College
Courses Taught at AC: PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology (Basic Processes and Applications), PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application)
I am interested in a broad range of topics in Neuroscience and Biopsychology including Brain and Behaviour, Drugs and Behaviour, Neuropsychology and Neurobiology. In addition to teaching, I am also passionate about research in Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders.
B.Sc. (Biology: Centro Escolar University) M.E.T, (Environmental Toxicology: Simon Fraser University), Ph.D. (Neuroscience-University of British Columbia), Postdoc: (Neuroscience and Mental Health and Physiology – The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto), Postdoc: (Psychology, Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Anatomy –University of Calgary)
Course Taught at AC:PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application)
Courses Taught: Introductory Psychology, Introductory Psychology- areas related to Applied Psychology, Life-span Development, Health Psychology, Seminar in Behavior Disorders.
Areas of Interest: stress; health psychology; coping with chronic illness; social support; behavioral disorders, and development of social cognition.
I am interested in the relationship between the brain and our behavior, ultimately asking the question of why we behave the way that we do.
Educational Background: B.A. (Psychology- Honours at Okanagan University College – transferred to University of British Columbia B.A. degree); MSc. (Psychology/Neuroscience: University of Lethbridge, CCBN); PhD. (Neuroscience: University of Lethbridge, CCBN); Postdoc (Neuroscience, Physiology and Behaviour, UBC); Research Associate (Neuroscience, Physiology and Behaviour, UBC); Instructor: Department of Psychology University of British Columbia; Instructor: Psychology Department Thompson Rivers University
Instructor: Corpus Christi College
Instructor: Alexander College
Courses taught at AC: Psyc 101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications, Psyc 102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), Psyc 217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods)`
As an educator I believe every student should experience a classroom environment that draws from the extensive research about learning and school climate.
As a researcher I strive to constantly explore how educational policy plays a role in the experiences of students in school. My areas of interest include, alternative learning environments, critical discourse analysis, educational policy, sociocultural theory, and development.
Educational Background: B.A. (Psychology: Wheeling Jesuit University); M.A. (Human Development: University of British Columbia); Ph.D (Educational Psychology: University of British Columbia)
Courses Taught at Alexander College: PSYC101: Introductory Psychology (basic processes and applications), PSYC102: Introductory Psychology (Areas of Application), PSYC217: Thinking Clearly about Psychology (Research Methods)
I am interested in innovative ways to allow psychology to inform various and perhaps all aspects of life.
Educational Background: BSc (Microbiology - University of British Columbia); MA (Counseling Psychology – Colorado Christian University)
Professional Background: Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC)
Instructor: Counselling Therapist Program, Rhodes Wellness College (Courses taught: Addictions, Professional Ethics)
Instructor: Counselling Therapist Program, Stenberg College (Courses taught: Lifespan Development, Professional Ethics)
Instructor: Alexander College (Course taught: PSYC 102: Introductory Psychology, Areas of Application)
AC provides a wide range of library and online resources to help students explore psychology literature both in and beyond the classroom. Our two libraries offer a range of reference material which includes the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association, Psychology Dictionaries, and Guides to Scientific Writing for Students and Researchers. Online resources include research access to ‘Academic Search Premier’, ‘ERIC’, ‘PsychArticles/ PsychINFO’, ‘General Sciences Index’, and ‘Social Sciences Index’.
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With over 7,000 members and affiliates, CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology. The website includes information on a variety of psychology topics as well as a section devoted to students of psychology.
AllPsych Online Psychology Dictionary defines and provides examples for 521 psychology related terms.
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. The website includes up to date information on a variety of psychology topics as well as links to publications and data bases.