How do our minds make sense of the world around us? How do our personalities develop and change over time? How do people change their behavior when in groups? These are some of the fascinating questions that psychologists get to explore.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The major in psychology is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Students majoring in psychology are introduced to a spectrum of psychological theories, experiments and problems within the context of a liberal arts college. Although there is considerable breadth in the Department of Psychology’s course offerings, an orientation embracing both research and application is emphasized. Psychology majors having earned their Bachelor’s degrees are prepared for many different endeavors. For example, they may pursue further study at the graduate level; become involved with the work of counseling centers, elementary and secondary schools, or youth authority facilities; earn a credential in early childhood education and/or in special education; or pursue a career in human resource management. Psychology is also an excellent preparation for careers in law, medicine or business. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in psychology, students will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of and be able to critically analyze the theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • UNDERSTAND multiple research methods and statistical tools and be able to use them to design research and collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as proficiently write a research report using standard APA format.
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the multiple ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (e.g., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development).
  • APPLY psychological theory and research to real-world problems and issues.

Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is useful in many different ways and applicable to a variety of different fields. Studying psychology allows you to develop critical thinking skills and become comfortable with using the scientific method. This is beneficial if you are interested in psychological research but it is also helpful to a future career in any of the sciences. Studying psychology can also help you to better understand the human condition. You will learn about human development and its different stages and you will develop a better understanding of mental health illnesses. Studying psychology undeniably helps you to understand how other people function, react and move throughout the world but it also helps you to better understand yourself. Through this process you will learn to be a better communicator which will assist you in day to day life as well as in your future career. The psychology field is also unique because there is a speciality for every interest. From clinical to social to neuropsychology, there is something for everyone!

Helpful Websites:

LearnPsychology: explore degree programs, career paths, expert resources, and organizations across the country that actively hire today's students of the psyche.

American Psychology Association: the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.