B.S. Psychology

The Bachelors of Science in Psychology offers a strong research-based degree program with additional math-related courses, along with the opportunity to enroll in an applied research experience, making it an outstanding program for students interested in continuing their academic career in the field of Psychology.

A bachelor's degree in Psychology enables students to study human behavior. An understanding of psychological processes entails understanding the multiple influences created by the biological characteristics of the organism, the effects of learning and experience, social and cultural dynamics and developmental change. As a scientific discipline, the study of psychology requires competence in research methodology and critical thinking. Psychology is also an applied discipline with applications in behavioral and physical health, business, education, medicine and law, among others.

Students completing the Bachelors of Science in Psychology will be prepared to pursue a wide range of science- and research-related careers at the bachelor’s level or to pursue an advanced degree in a STEM related field. Students will attain a high-quality scientific degree focused on knowledge in the discipline of psychology, integrity in the application of that knowledge, effective program management, and excellent critical thinking and communication skills.

The Bachelors of Science in Psychology is an excellent degree to prepare students interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field. To assist in meeting all pre-med requirements, students should take the following coursework when completing General Education requirements:

  • General Biology or Zoology with Lab (2 semesters)
  • General Chemistry I with Lab – CHM2045/L
  • General Chemistry II with Lab – CHM2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I with Lab – CHM2210/L
  • General Physics I with Lab – PHY2053/L
  • Analytical Geometry and Calculus I – MAC2311
    • Prerequisites are MAC1114 (Trigonometry) and MAC1140 (Precalculus Algebra)

The Bachelors of Science in Psychology is also an excellent degree to prepare students interested in pursuing a degree in Law.  There are no prerequisites for a law degree but the ABA recommends the following knowledge bases to assist in preparing for law school which can be gained in psychology coursework:  Problem Solving, Critical Reading, Writing and Editing, Oral Communication and Listening, Research, Organization and Management, Public Service and Promotion of Justice, Relationship-building and Collaboration, Background Knowledge and Exposure to the Law.  Recommended General Education courses:  CCJ 2002 Survey of Crime and Justice and PLA 2013 Survey of American Law.

Develop skills in:

  • Recognition and application of discipline specific concepts
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Communication and interpersonal interaction
  • Professional integrity
  • Design and implementation of psychological research
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Hands on Experience

Students are given the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience in laboratory courses designed to teach the scientific basis of the field. The department has laboratories studying areas such as Attention and Memory, Health Psychology, Human Factors, and Neurocognition. Undergraduates who are interested in assisting with various research projects, or would like to become a participant in a project, should investigate our Psychology Research Pool. 


The undergraduate B.S. Psychology degree requires a minimum of 52 upper/lower division hours in psychology, which consists of 12 hours of "core" psychology courses, 24 hours of psychology courses selected form 6 basic areas, 10 hours of Experimental courses and 6 hours of upper level electives. Also, students need to take courses in statistics, general psychology, biology/zoology, and a lower division Psychology elective. Within the undergraduate program, there is a Certificate in Human Resources that is available to interested students.

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S in Psychology must meet the requirements listed below.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required for acceptance into the program.  A student must also maintain and graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

A minimum grade of "C" is required for the Psychology core, Experimental courses and all Major requirements.  No more than 6 sh credits in informal courses (directed study, practicum, field work, co-op, etc) may be applied to fulfill the upper level Psychology degree electives.

Students are advised to take MAC 2311 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) as one of their general education courses, since it is a prerequisite for STA 3162C (Applied Statistics), a required Experimental course.

Students should consult with their academic advisor for course which may satisfy the General Education requirements and common prerequisites.

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