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Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology

Available: Fall

Program Description

Gain the academic theory and practical experience that employers want in our new Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology Degree (BBP). Behavioural Psychology is a field of behavioural science based on the theory that adaptive and maladaptive behaviours are acquired through interaction with the environment through operant and respondent conditioning. You'll graduate with in-depth theoretical, conceptual, and applied knowledge in the field of behavioural psychology.

Industry trends indicate a strong need for trained professionals in social service and health-related areas. In BBP, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental and intellectual disabilities, mental health, and neurological injury applications. ASD services are becoming more widely available in Ontario as funding has quadrupled over the last 10 years. Approximately 1 in 10 Canadians has a learning disability and in Ontario 1 in 5 children and youth has a mental health challenge. You'll investigate these issues from a scientific and theoretical standpoint and gain the practical skills to treat these conditions using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

You'll study applied foundations and go further in examining a broad range of subjects in psychology, including behavioural intervention, behavioural techniques, and the application of ABA in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Areas of focus include social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology within the broader context of behavioural science. You'll gather, interpret and apply information to design treatments and interventions for a variety of clients with a variety of needs in different settings. This includes clients with development disabilities, addictions, dementia, mental health issues and acquired brain injuries within correctional systems, education and work environments and broader community-based environments.



8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

Your Career

Upon graduation you'll be equipped to apply behavioural psychology in a range of roles in a variety of education, social services and community settings. Opportunities may include:

  • Autism Instructor Therapist
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Behavioural Consultant
  • Associate Behaviour Analyst
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Addictions Worker
  • Educational Assistant
  • Family Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor


Work-Integrated Learning

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term(s) may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required course - minimum final grade of 65%

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Students must apply for, and receive a clear vulnerable sector police check before field placement.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and Liberal Studies requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Sarah.Dunkel-Jackson 416.491.5050 ext. 55022

Program Chair

Gary Galbraith 416.491.5050 ext. 55010

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network