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Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology

Available at: Kingston


This degree program was the first of its kind in Canada. It provides comprehensive studies in the rapidly growing field of Behavioural Psychology. By combining classroom instruction plus 1,100 hours of supervised placement in community settings, our students graduate with excellent applied skills as well as the theoretical knowledge they need to prepare them for their careers, or further studies.

Governments and agencies are increasingly recognizing behavioural approaches as “best practices” in many fields such as autism, corrections, and more. This honours degree program joins the well-established Behavioural Science diploma program and maintains St. Lawrence College’s national leadership position in the human services field.

The program is based on a behavioural framework which has been scientifically demonstrated to be effective in developing skills and reducing challenging behaviours with a wide range of clients in a variety of settings. 

Students are taught a set of complex and highly effective skills at an honours degree level now demanded by more and more employers. In this program you will:

  • Learn about psychological theory and research;
  • Practice clinical skills (under supervision) with clients in a wide variety of field settings; 
  • Graduate with the knowledge and skills to develop and carry out effective and efficient treatment programs with a variety of populations.

All incoming students for Fall 2020 need to review the Guide to Student Protection and related Academic Policies.

Student Academic Policy 

Check out the student opportunities to be involved with our Centre for Behavioural Studies.

This program is not open to International students.


What Does a Behaviour Therapist do?

A behaviour therapist teaches:

  • children to manage their behaviour in the classroom and improve their social skills
  • children with autism to communicate and play with others
  • people with developmental disabilities to take care of themselves
  • young offenders to improve their social skills and manage their anger
  • persons with psychiatric disorders to cope with and reduce their stress
  • adult offenders to manage substance abuse and improve problem-solving skills


Learn more about the full-time faculty in this program.

Mentoring Program

First year students participate in a very engaging and exciting mentoring program whereby they are grouped with other students with similar interests and needs and assigned a mentor who is a third year student who best fits their strengths and needs. The mentor is responsible for facilitating mentoring sessions with their mentoring group. The purpose of the mentoring program is to promote student success by assisting students with their transition into the program, getting students connected to services at the college, and having students feel that they are connected to their peers and engaged in the Honours BPSYC program.

Career Opportunities

In Canada, degree graduates qualify for a wide variety of interesting and challenging careers, such as:

  • Acquired Brain Injury Support Workers
  • Addictions Counsellors
  • Autism Instructor Therapists
  • Behaviour Therapists
  • Behavioural Consultants for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Geriatric Clients
  • Child & Adult Mental Health Counsellors
  • Educational Assistants
  • Job Coaches
  • Life Skills Instructors
  • Program Delivery Officers in Correctional Settings
  • Rehabilitation Counsellors
  • Residential Workers
  • Sex Offender Program Counsellors
  • Vocational Counsellors
  • Young Offender Counsellors
  • Youth & Adolescent Workers


Program Name

Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology

Program Code



Honours Degree

Start Dates


Program Duration

4 years (9 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Additional costs will be incurred for textbooks and supplies. Students may be required to finance out-of-town field placements that are especially encouraged in fourth year. Access to a personal computer at home or at the College is required, along with basic computer skills in word processing and Internet searches. Students should also have access to Excel.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Year 1 - Semester 1
LART 4DG Negotiation & Mediation
LART 10DG Communication Skills
LART 14DG The Adult Learner
PSYC 4DG Introductory Psychology 1
PSYC 5DG Applied Behaviour Analysis 1
PSYC 12DG Developmental Psychology

Year 1 - Semester 2
PSYC 6DG Applied Behaviour Analysis 2
PSYC 11DG Introductory Psychology 2
PSYC 13DG Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 55DG Ethics for the Helping Professions
PSYC 21DG Personality Theory and Social Learning
Electives in Liberal Arts

Year 2 - Semester 3
PSYC 8DG Behavioural Approaches to Childhood and Adolescent Disorders
PSYC 9DG Applied Behaviour Analysis Field Work
PSYC 14DG Professional Standards and Practice 2
PSYC 15DG Behavioural Assessment
PSYC 16DG Basic Practicum

Year 2 - Semester 4
LART 15DG Professional Communications
PSYC 18DG Applied Behaviour Analysis 3
PSYC 29DG Behavioural Counselling 1
PSYC 30DG Research Methods
PSYC 22DG Behavioural Pharmacology
Electives in Liberal Arts

Year 3 - Semester 5
PSYC 19DG Statistics
PSYC 26DG Community-Based Service Delivery Systems
PSYC 27DG Behavioural Approaches to Acquired Brain Injury and Developmental Disabilities
PSYC 28DG Behavioural Approaches to Addictions and Mental Health
PSYC 36DG Behavioural Counselling 2
Electives in Liberal Arts

Year 3 - Semester 6
BEHA 5DG Non-violent Crisis Intervention
PSYC 31DG Group Behavioural Counselling
PSYC 33DG Behavioural Approaches to Corrections
PSYC 34DG Professional Standards and Practice 2
PSYC 35DG Advanced Practicum
PSYC 100DG Behavioural Gerontology

Year 3 - Semester 7 (May/June)
PSYC 38DG Professional Standards and Practice 3
PSYC 39DG Psychometrics
PSYC 40DG Behavioural Consulting
PSYC 41DG Applied Thesis 1

Year 4 - Semester 8
PSYC 42DG Field Placement

Year 4 - Semester 9
PSYC 43DG Advanced Topics in Behavioural Psychology
PSYC 44DG Applied Behaviour Analysis 4
PSYC 45DG Applied Thesis 2
PSYC 46DG Consolidation of Behavioural Principles and Practice
Electives in Liberal Arts

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with the following prerequisites:

  • Minimum 65% prerequisite average for six Grade 12U or 12M level courses including Grade 12 English at the U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level - (Grade 12 MDM4U preferred)


Completion of the General Arts & Science (Certificate) - Behavioural Psychology Stream program (0478BP) with a minimum 3.00 GPA


Completion of a college diploma with a minimum 2.50 GPA


Completion of one year of full-time university with a minimum 2.50 GPA

This is a HIGHLY COMPETITIVE program. To be included in the competitive ranking, applications must be complete including all transcripts and proof of enrollment by February 1.  Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admissions to the program. Please see the Highly Competitive Program Chart for more details.

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Mature Applicant: At least 19 years of age, no high school diploma and meets prerequisite standards for program. If you don’t meet these standards for the program, the General Arts & Science (Certificate) - Behavioural Psychology Stream program enables students to complete prerequisites in one year.

University Transfer Students: As long as you either have the minimum program standard average of 65% in their six high school OAC or U/M courses OR a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4-point scale in your university courses. All courses will be included in the calculation of the admission average. You must have completed at least one year of university studies as a full-time student.


Recommended Background: It is highly recommended that students have strengths in written and oral communications, and a good grasp of scientific methods. It is also important that students be able to work in stressful situations and have good interpersonal, time-management and organizational skills.

Criminal Background Check:
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Health Requirements

The health of each applicant accepted into the program must be such that you can successfully cope with the program of instruction, including demands of the field placement settings and the public-health requirements.


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


I am proud to say that I am a graduate of the Behavioural Psychology (BPYSC) program at St. Lawrence College.  The program provided me with abundance of positive skills and knowledge that I use every day in both my career and personal life. I had nothing but positive learning experiences while completing the program. The teachers were caring and took the time to get to know each student’s strengths and needs which I believe contributed to my success in the program. Upon graduating I was able to obtain employment immediate within Autism Services and have had many positive experiences working in the field.  I have gained experience delivering ABA services within individual and group settings, as well as, supervising a team of ABA Therapists delivering individual and group based services. At the time of graduation I did not know this, but the skills that I learned in the Behavioural Psychology program assisted me in completing the Masters of Applied Disability Studies program at Brock University.  Since completing my master’s level of education, I have become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and was recently given the opportunity to re-join the Behavioural Psychology teaching team. In 2013 I began supervising BPYSC students on placement, in 2014 I began tutoring for the program and in 2015 I was offered a part-time teaching experience with the program. All of the experiences that I have talked about are because of the Behavioural Psychology program.  The program teaches skills and knowledge that are currently being used within the field.  The teachers in the program have a vast amount of knowledge and experience regarding the field, which they used within their courses to offer state of the art education. As a result of graduating from the Behavioural Psychology program, I have been blessed with many experiences and I believe that there is many more experience awaiting me.

Lisa Lynch, M.ADS, BCBA

Program Contact

Laura Campbell, MA, BCBA, Program Coordinator - Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology Years 1 & 2

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:30am - 8:30pm. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Skills and Abilities: This honours degree program is based on a behavioural framework, scientifically demonstrated to be effective in developing life skills with a wide range of clients in institutional and community settings. This approach increases a client’s desirable behaviours through teaching, practice and encouragement. 

Using a structured approach, a behaviourist provides assistance to:

  • Children - to better manage their behaviour in the classroom and improve their social skills;
  • Children with autism - to improve communication and play;

  • People with developmental disabilities - to take care of themselves and be able to utilize community resources;

  • Young offenders - to improve their social skills and manage their anger;

  • Persons with mental illness - to reduce their stress and structure their day;

  • Persons with acquired brain injuries - to redevelop life skills;

  • Adult offenders - to manage their substance abuse and improve their problem-solving skills; 

  • and much more!

These skills are developed through classroom learning as well as 1,100 hours of full-time supervised placements in a variety of settings.

Workload: In several semesters in second and third year, class time is shortened to 8 or 7 weeks respectively, to allow for full-time field placements. In third year, students also complete a 6 week compressed semester during May and June. Currently, the program is not offered through distance education. Part-time education may be considered on a person-to-person basis (ie: students with accommodations). Therefore, students should consider limiting their part-time working hours to 10 hours or less per week. This program is academically demanding and students should be prepared to be challenged.

Samples of student work: Among the uses to which student course work may be put by the institution is the following:  anonymized copies of student work (essays, exams and other) submitted in courses may be made available to subject matter experts as a part of the quality assurance process for academic degree programs.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Visit for more information.

St. Lawrence College has been granted consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this honours degree starting 06/06/14. Application to the Ministry for renewal of consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario colleges, to which St. Lawrence College adheres. The current consent remains in effect until this renewal process is complete. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Verified Course Sequence exam pass rate

Behavioural Psychology Supplement

Student Presentations:

2020 Poster Gala

2019 Poster Gala

2018 Poster Gala

2017 Poster Gala

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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