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How did this honours degree in Behavioural Psychology come about?
This program was developed to meet employer needs and designed with input from employers. It is based on the proven track record of the three-year diploma program in
Behavioural Science Technology at St. Lawrence, which has been operating since 1971. St. Lawrence College will offer both programs. This decision reflects the college’s confidence that there is a growing demand in the market place for both credentials.

What is a college degree?
This degree is a 4-year Honours Bachelor degree with an applied focus. This degree offers more advanced training than a general, 3-year Bachelor’s degree. Thus, students are expected to achieve a level of “conceptual sophistication, specialized knowledge, and intellectual autonomy” similar to that in an honours program, but with a focused preparation in a particular field of practice [Provincial Standards, 2006, page 1]. As well, the emphasis in classroom learning extends beyond the academic to the applied. Thus, college degrees develop practical skills via group work, role plays, case studies, labs, etc. Most importantly, the applied classroom experiences prepare the student to work in a particular area by providing hands-on training or field placement experience. The Provincial standards for advanced, 4-year Bachelor’s programs in an applied area of study are detailed on the
Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board website.

How can I get admitted to an upper year?
Admission policies originally set by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities do not currently allow for transfers of students from any diploma program into an upper year of the Honours Bachelor of  Behavioural Psychology program. The college has no plans to set up a special entry option for students into an upper year of the degree program.

What is the average class size?
In the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology program, average class sizes are approximately 35 students in the first and second years of the program. Class sizes in upper years would not exceed 65 students. This learning situation allows your professor to get to know you as a student, structure course material for optimal learning and provide individual assistance as needed.

Do I get to choose my placements in upper years?
The faculty has established a placement directory of approved sites. Students will be asked to identify three placement choices from this list for each of their placements. Students will then be assigned to their placements based on their academic ranking and their year in the program.

Can I do a field placement outside of Kingston?
High quality placement settings do exist outside of Kingston. Normally students will do their first one or two placements in the Kingston area and then given the opportunity to do their remaining placements outside of the area provided their performance has been acceptable in their first placements. We do strongly encourage students to consider out of town placement(s) because of their diversity and professionalism. Thus, the college has established special Field Placement Bursaries to enable each student in financial need to do out of town BPSYC placements. In addition, the Ontario government has special bursaries for students doing placements outside Canada, as well as those wishing to work in Ontario agencies serving the developmentally disabled.  

What opportunities are there for students outside of the classroom?
There are several professional organizations that students can join. Many of these organizations also hold conferences outside of the college that students can attend. Some of these groups include: Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and American Psychological Association (APA). The program also provides opportunities for students to attend conferences at the College, such as the Building Behavioural Solutions Conference.