Psychology, University of Alberta

Psychology at the University of Alberta

Undergraduate Experience

I chose to pursue a general sciences degree with a major in psychology because of the flexible and broad nature of the degree. General sciences allow students to build a unique undergraduate experience where they have room in their schedule to take classes that interest them. I chose to study psychology because it is a nice intersection between the arts and sciences. Personally, I see a lot of value in this because it gives me the opportunity to expand my skillset and approach problems from multiple different perspectives. 

Enrichment Opportunities

As the University of Alberta is one of the top 5 schools in Canada, there are many opportunities for students to seek out.  Students must take initiative if they wish to partake in research or other similar activities but there is definitely no shortage of it. The UofA offers research opportunities, internships, work experience, co-op, and summer jobs just to name a few things available to students. For more information about the plethora of opportunities available to you, check out this link.

Career Paths 

Degrees in psychology are very applicable to many different types of careers, but here are a few that you may want to explore. 

  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Career Development Professional
  • Chemical Senses Specialist
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Clinical Neurophyschiatrist
  • Court Trial Consultant
  • Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Crisis Counsellor
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Parole or Probation Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Secondary School Teacher


Most first-year students who live on campus will dorm in Lister Residence, Peter Lougheed Hall, or Résidence Saint Jean. Offers for residence are on a first come first serve basis but first-year international and out of province applicants will be guaranteed residence if they apply before April 30. For more information on residence, click here.



Celina Macleod




Bachelor of Science – Major in Psychology

University of Alberta

campus involvment

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Student Life Network

favourite part of the program

My favourite part of my program is the flexibility it offers me to explore my interests and also the sense of community that is fostered in the department of psychology.  

Future Plans

My future plans at the moment are unclear because there is so much out there! At the moment, I am exploring careers in speech pathology, dentistry, and medicine (particularly psychiatry).