Psychology Degrees

We offer two degrees in psychology

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. 

Solid Foundation + Flexibility

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

Knowledge and Skills

Depending on the choice of advanced courses or labs, a student who earns a degree in Psychology could gain knowledge and 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
  • Should you wish to apply to medical school, a set of courses can be chosen that provide a solid foundation for the MCAT

Check out our learning goals

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The B.A. Major in Psychology provides broad coverage of modern scientific psychology and the strategies and methods by which knowledge is acquired in this field. 

The B.A. program offers the opportunity to pursue a concentration or specialization in the field, such as human development, memory, and cognition, animal behavior, clinical psychology, or social psychology. 

Courses emphasize improvement of an individual's critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills. The program also requires sufficient background in science and psychology to enable strong students to qualify for demanding graduate programs.

Psychological knowledge, techniques, and skills obtained in the B.A. program are applied in many careers and provide background for students entering graduate work in psychology and related areas, as well as the professions of medicine, dentistry, law, and business.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Major Guide

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The B.S. Degree in Psychology is designed for students desiring a career in industry or research. In addition to the broad coverage of modern psychology and the strategies and methods by which scientific knowledge is acquired in this field, the program emphasizes broad preparation in sciences and the development of math and computer skills.

The B.S. degree program also requires more advanced courses and laboratory work in psychology than the B.A. program. B.S. psychology students are strongly encouraged to develop a concentration or specialization in the field as well as to get actively involved in research, thereby affording them the background and skills to be competitive for demanding graduate programs or employment in such fields as health care, medicine, business, and education.

The student who graduates with a B.S. in psychology should be well prepared for graduate training in psychology and related fields, for professional schools, and for jobs (not necessarily in psychology) that use scientific training and quantitative techniques.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology Major Guide