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Psychology began way back when Monash Teachers College became Rusden State College and psychology was offered as a major sequence in the Bachelor of Education at Rusden. It was offered as a major sequence in the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus when Deakin University was established in the 1970s. When Rusden became part of Victoria College, Psychology was offered on the Rusden and Toorak campuses to students in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and the Bachelor of Applied Science. A range of studies was also offered through cross-faculty enrolments. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited a three-year sequence, supplemented by a fourth year qualification for Associate Membership. At the same time, a psychology sequence was offered to students in the Bachelor of Arts (Disability Studies) at the Melbourne Burwood Campus and this course received its APS accreditation in 1992. By 1994, this award had been merged into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) in the School of Studies in Disability. Ultimately when Victoria College amalgamated with Deakin University in 1992, the psychology courses on all campuses became consistent with one another and shared common content which is recognised by the APS.
In 1995, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) was offered for the first time at both the Melbourne and Geelong campuses in the then Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences; a major sequence in Psychology was also offered on and off campus as part of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees through the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science and Technology. A four-year sequence leading to a BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) was made available, as well as a three-year sequence in a BA or BSc degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Other postgraduate degrees in the areas of clinical psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology and industrial and organisational psychology followed.
In 2006, a four-year Bachelor of Psychology was introduced at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. The four-year degree incorporates the fourth year
of psychology, which has in the past been offered separately as either an honours
year or the alternative graduate diploma in psychology. The three-year Bachelor
of Applied Science (Psychology) continues to be offered at the Melbourne
Burwood Campus, as well as a combined degree Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of
Applied Science (Psychology). Fourth year honours and graduate diploma programs in psychology
will continue, as will the major three-year undergraduate sequence in
psychology, which is part of many bachelor degrees in the University. All psychology
awards are taught by the School of Psychology, one of the five Schools in the
Faculty of Health.