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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBBehavSc
CRICOS code030495A
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.


The course is designed for students who wish to complete a major in psychology or psychological studies in conjunction with studies in a number of other areas such as science, computing, arts, management or marketing.


Through a specialisation in psychology or psychological studies, students develop the ability to interpret sources and the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking.

Professional recognition

The 60 point major sequence in psychology, comprised of nine core units and one elective unit is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


This course consists of a compulsory major in psychology (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) or psychological studies (not APAC-accredited), and a compulsory second arts major or arts minors from the areas of study listed below.

Areas of study

Arts majors and minors

  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Australian studies*
  • communications
  • community studies*
  • history-politics
  • journalism
  • philosophy
  • public relations
  • sociology
  • social and community welfare*
  • writing

Non-arts majors and minors

  • applied biochemistry
  • applied chemistry
  • applied microbiology
  • applied statistics*
  • computing
  • human physiology*
  • information systems.
  • management
  • marketing
  • mathematics and modelling
  • resource and environmental management

* Minor only available.

For information on majors and minors refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete the following:

(a.) an APAC-accredited psychology major (60 points), or a humanistic psychology (psychological studies) major (48 points)

(b.) a major in another field of study (if students complete their second major in a non-arts discipline, then they must also complete an arts minor), or two minors in two different fields of study - one of which must be arts (48 points). The non-arts fields of study from which the second major or minor can be chosen are listed above.

(c.) another 12 points in arts at first-year level.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (includes those points completed in the major(s)).

Of the 144 points, 96 points must be completed within the Faculty of Arts. The remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or disciplines outside the faculty.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.


Bachelor of Behavioural Science