Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes.   This includes the study of the mind, the brain, mental health and wellbeing, social and cultural dynamics, as well as lifespan development.  The emphasis on science and empirical approaches enables students to gain insight into their own attitudes and reactions and ultimately, prepare them to be more successful in their chosen careers. 

Can I start my psychology studies at NIC?

Absolutely. A variety of introductory or gateway courses in small class size with engaging instructors are offered at NIC. Students gain solid foundation in the first two years of university level studies and allow them to seamlessly transfer to other post-secondary institutions to continue their 200- or 300-level courses and/or to fulfill pre-requisites for their program/discipline.

Psychology courses at NIC

PSY 130 – Introductory Psychology I

PSY 131 – Introductory Psychology II

PSY 202 – Health Psychology

PSY 204 – Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 215 – Biological Psychology

PSY 235 – Abnormal Psychology

PSY 250 – Human Development from Conception through Childhood

PSY 251 – Human Development from Adolescence through Adulthood

PSY 260 – Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour

Register in Psychology Courses

Before you can register in a course, you must be accepted into an NIC program. You can study Psychology through the following programs, or as an elective from any NIC program:

What kind of jobs can I get with a bachelor’s degree in psychology?

Psychology is an essential skill-based subject that is applicable for virtually all disciplines.  Studying psychology will help students developing vital skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication abilities.  By focusing on human behaviour and mental processes, students will gain a fuller appreciation on the complexity of human interactions as well insight into why people think, act, and behave the way they do.  It opens many doors, including careers in management and administration, human resources, sales and marketing, counselling, corrections, law enforcement and social services. 

Here are some careers options for students majored in psychology

Addictions counsellor Mental health worker
Administrative assistant Nursing home worker
Childcare worker Day care worker
Corrections officer Program coordinator
Community recreation worker Program evaluator
Psychiatric assistant Vocational counsellor
Cultural diversity consultant Personnel manager
Public health statistician Rehabilitation advisor
Customs officer Public opinion interviewer
Group home coordinator Small business owner
Hospice coordinator Statistical assistant
Immigration officer Technical writer
Youth counsellor University/college advisor
Market research analyst Research assistant

Psychology provides a wide range of specialization options and its diverse topics will appeal to you regardless of what interest you might have or career direction you are contemplating at this point.

Meet the Faculty

Yiling Chow

Yiling Chow

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA, Educational Psychology (University of British Columbia, 1987)

Subjects: Psychology
yiling.chow@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location TTB - 112
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8706 ext. 8713
Port Alberni Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159

Sue de Bruin

Sue de Bruin

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA, Research Psychology, with distinction (University of Pretoria, 2007)

Subjects: Psychology
sue.debruin@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4157 | Location TYE - 221
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700