Red Deer Polytechnic will offer two new degrees and two new diplomas this fall. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer Polytechnic will offer two new degrees and two new diplomas this fall. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer Polytechnic announces two more degrees and two diplomas

Bachelor degrees in psychology and diplomas in arts and sciences debut this fall

Red Deer Polytechnic will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a University Arts Diploma and a University Sciences Diploma this fall.

“We are pleased to expand our offering of credentials at Red Deer Polytechnic to meet the demand of learners. These new programs signal another important benchmark in the evolution of our post-secondary institution,” says Kylie Thomas, vice-president academic and research in a statement.

“As a unique polytechnic, we are committed to offering diverse academic pathways for students. Pathways including apprenticeship, micro-credentials, collaborative degrees, certificates, more of our own degrees, and diplomas.”

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology provide RDP students with a strong foundational knowledge in a range of topics including behaviour, biology, environment, cognition, neuroscience, and how these areas intersect, says the polytechnic. Throughout these programs, learners will also explore themes of wellness as they expand their analytical, creative and problem-solving skills.

“Offering of these psychology degrees at Red Deer Polytechnic provides learners the access to complete all four years of their program right here in central Alberta. The value of these opportunities cannot be understated,” says school of arts and culture dean Jane MacNeil. “Throughout their academic journey, students will also benefit from the ability to collaborate with regional partners through participation in experiential learning such as community service and applied research opportunities.”

The new two-year diplomas – the University Arts Diploma and the University Sciences Diploma – will provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences that will help them prepare for the workforce upon completion of the program or pursue further education in a variety of fields.

Within the University Arts Diploma, learners can focus on several areas of interest in the humanities and social sciences and may choose one of three academic themes: global perspectives; science and society; or culture, societies, and gender.

Students enrolled in the University Sciences Diploma will explore subject areas that include chemistry, calculus, and physics, with an initial specialization in biological sciences. This diploma prepares graduates to work in biology-related fields, to enter a professional school after two years of undergraduate studies, and to transfer into the last two years of Red Deer Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences.

“Using a holistic interdisciplinary approach, learners will have the opportunity to advance their multi-faceted education as they engage in independent and collaborative scholarly inquiry throughout these diplomas,” says Donald School of Business, Science and Technology dean Nancy Brown.

“With a host of hands-on learning opportunities, students will also expand their competencies in solving problems and conducting research projects.”

Red Deer Polytechnic has submitted degree proposals to Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education for Bachelor Business Administration and Bachelor of Education as it looks to broaden its program offerings in the future. The process of designing Red Deer Polytechnic’s own Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies is also underway.

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