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The Major and Minor in Psychology

This section of the website contains critical information about the Psychology major and minor.

The Department of Psychology offers courses in both traditional and newly developed areas of psychological science. The department supports two degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. Both degrees provide an excellent liberal arts and sciences education and offer a strong grounding in the major domain areas of psychology. However, the two degrees differ in their focus, so students should carefully note the requirements of each degree and decide which will best serve their academic and occupational goals.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree provides a broad undergraduate overview of the field of psychology. Students who are considering entering a career in human services or a psychology-related field where graduate training in psychology is not required (e.g., social work, education, business, or health-related occupations such as nursing or physical therapy) may consider the BA degree.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree provides the same broad background in psychology, but also prepares students for advanced training in the field of psychology or a related scientific discipline. This degree provides a curriculum that emphasizes mathematical and methodological skills that psychologists utilize when studying human behavior, as well as the behavior of non-human animal species. The BS degree will be especially useful for those who plan to pursue advanced graduate-level study in psychology or a related natural science discipline such as neuroscience or medical research.

Use the links in the left column to do the following:

  • Review the specific course requirements for the different degree programs in Psychology (the B.A. and the B.S.) and determine which one better fits your educational and career goals.
  • Once you have decided on a degree path, declare your major (or minor) in Psychology online.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your assigned advisor. This is important for many reasons: tracking your progress towards graduation, talking about academic and career goals, planning future course selections, evaluating whether the degree program you selected is best for meeting your goals, and more.
  • Finally, review the advising tips that we have gathered to assist you in academic planning and course selection.