Psychology is the study of behaviour in humans and other species and covers a broad range of subject matter. Psychologists ask questions that range from the factors involved in social interactions among groups of people, to the firing of individual cells in the nervous system, to moral development in children.

Psychology has many practical applications such as the determination of the best conditions for learning and memory, the design of work environments for greatest productivity, and the development of therapies for the treatment of behavioural disorders ranging from addiction to depression.

The Department of Psychology offers the Major, Minor, and Honours programs in Psychology.

Click here for program requirements (UBC Calendar)


The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have second-year standing. Admission to the Honours program requires an application. If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


Department of Psychology
Douglas Kenny Building
2136 West Mall
Tel: 604-822-2755


Katherine Moore: Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community & Beyond Faculty of Arts 2018

Katherine (BA '18) received the award for her contributions to mental health culture on campus and in the wider community.

Manil Chowdhury: Vancouver Rent Bank

Manil Chowdhury believes that a degree is more than just a piece of paper; it is a collection of experiences. Through the Arts Internship Program and Vancouver Rent Bank he has explored academically and professionally.

Cari Green: Documenting Injustice

Recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media, Cari Green (BA ’69, MFA ’13) is giving voice to people’s stories through award-winning films.

Katie Tichauer: Connecting Human and Machine

Katie Tichauer (BA ‘10) is using her knowledge of the human psyche to act as a link between human and machine. A current student in the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) second degree program, she became increasingly interested in technology while taking a year off to work after graduation.

Selvan Ramis: Innovative Thinking

Selvan Ramis, a fourth-year psychology major, is a 2013 recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Leader in the Faculty of Arts award. His passion for psychology is reflected in his involvement and leadership with the Psychology Students Association, undergraduate research, and mental health support organizations in Vancouver.