Program Information

School: Cape Breton University
Faculty: School of Arts and Social Sciences
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Psychology, General
Description: Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. Psychology is a science that seeks to answer the what, how, when and why about behaviour. To do so, psychology shares parts of many other sciences. For example, in studying the effects of brain functioning on behaviour, psychology overlaps with the neurosciences, physiology and computer science. In the study of social behaviours, psychology overlaps with sociology, cultural anthropology and socio-biology; and in the study of thinking and reasoning, there is overlap philosophy and artificial intelligence. While other disciplines address many of the same problems, psychology differs from these areas in the way it attempts to answer these questions. Psychology relies heavily on experimental procedures where individuals are observed under controlled conditions.

The experimental approach is not the only methods used by psychologists – psychologists also rely on clinical observations and careful study of humans and animals in more natural settings – but the experimental method allows psychologists to address and sometimes answer questions which remain speculative for other disciplines. Experimental methods sometimes limit the kind of questions that can be asked. This means that some of the problems new students want answered may not be treated or treated only superficially. Someone turning to psychology for an immediate solution to his or her personal problems may well be disappointed, at least initially. Many people do find, however, that a scientific understanding of behaviour gives greater “insight” into their own behaviour in ways that may not be appreciated immediately.

URL: Psychology (BA) at Cape Breton University
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,024

This cost estimate is based on students taking five full-year undergraduate-level courses.

Careers: Psychologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have English 12 (academic or advanced) and 4 additional Grade 12 academic or advanced level courses, with a minimum overall average of 65%.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Cape Breton University has strong relationships with several english language partners including, International Centre EAP, English School of Canada (ESC), EC English Language School and ILAC. If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentation to show that CBU’s English language proficiency requirements have been met. If you have completed at least two years in a secondary school (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation, however, is needed. If you have completed at least 30 credit hours (or equivalent) at a post-secondary institution (as recognized by CBU) where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not require a language score. Official documentation is required.