B.A/B.S in Psychology

Psychology is the largest major in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are interested in social relationships, mental disorders, child development, the relationship between humans and animals, criminality, or any of the many other ways in which humans behave and interact, one of the Psychology degrees may be a great fit for you.


Knowledge and skills gained from the study of psychology will enhance your learning in other disciplines in college, just as discoveries in psychological science propel innovation in education, health, psychiatry, law, communications and the social sciences

The two Psychology degree options – Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science - begin with the same set of entry-level and foundational courses, making it easy to adjust your path as your interests develop.

There are no official tracks or concentrations in the Psychology major. Instead, you'll work with the academic advisors to self-select from a wide range of electives, advanced, lab, and capstone experiences that coincide with your interests, while gaining a well-rounded understanding of the science of mind, brain, and behavior.

Course Highlights

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Depending on the choice of advanced courses or labs, a student who earns a B.A. in Psychology could master the following skills:

  • A scientifically-grounded understanding of human behavior that addresses normal and dysfunctional individuals and relationships
  • An understanding of various brain regions and their functions
  • An overview of the potential causes of disorders such depression, autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease
  • An understanding of the importance and role of developmental processes in human cognition and social relationships
  • Basic laboratory skills allowing you to pose and then answer questions about brain and behavior using rigorous methods that adhere to ethical principles
  • Communication skills that enable you to make presentations at regional or even national conferences, and perhaps to write a senior honors thesis

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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Psychology B.S. is designed for highly motivated students. The program emphasizes breadth of preparation in science and development of math and computer skills. It requires more advanced courses and laboratory work in psychology than the B.A. program.

Students who graduate with the degree should be well prepared for graduate training in psychology and related fields, for professional schools, and for jobs in psychology and other fields that use scientific training and quantitative techniques. Should you wish to apply to medical school, a set of courses can be chosen that provide a solid foundation for the MCAT.

Depending on the choice of advanced courses or labs, a student who earns a B.S. in Psychology could master the following skills:

  • A scientifically-grounded understanding of human behavior that addresses normal and dysfunctional individuals and relationships
  • An understanding of various brain regions and their functions
  • An overview of the potential causes of disorders such depression, autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease
  • An understanding of the importance and role of developmental processes in human cognition and social relationships
  • Basic laboratory skills allowing you to pose and then answer questions about brain and behavior using rigorous methods that adhere to ethical principles
  • Communication skills that enable you to make presentations at regional or even national conferences, and perhaps to write a senior honors thesis

Link to majors guide