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Psychology is the scientific study of all aspects of human behavior. Topics studied by psychologists include: brain function, moods and feelings, normal and abnormal thought processes, personality, interactions among people, and many more. Training in psychology emphasizes research skills, critical thinking abilities, and communication skills. Because these competencies are relevant to many domains, training in psychology provides a good foundation for many different careers.


Grow Your Future

A bachelors degree (B.A. and B.S.) in Psychology is a versatile undergraduate degree that helps psychology majors gain a wide range of knowledge and skills. Psychology majors are able to: conduct various types of research, evaluate arguments and make decisions based on evidence, apply research skills to personal and professional domains, take human biases into account when making decisions, convey information effectively in written and oral communication and work in diverse groups to achieve common goals.

Career opportunities in Arts & Sciences

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Market Analyst
  • Counselor 
  • Advertising Agent
  • Physician
  • Personnel Administrator
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Educator
  • Researcher 
  • Criminal Profiler 
  • Lawyer

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Psychology majors receive a broad education, taking courses in every major disciplinary category in psychology. The program provides course work emphasizing the fundamental concepts and techniques of this basic behavioral science. In addition, some students conduct original research with our faculty, experiences that often go beyond the discipline of psychology into our faculty’s collaborations in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, engineering, communications, and education. Students go on to success in the field of psychology, but also medicine, law, and many other career paths.

Psychology B.A. Four Year Plan Psychology B.S. Four Year Plan

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Arts & Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

*Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology must complete 60 hours of Math and Science Coursework.

UK Core Requirements

The UK Core is composed of the equivalent of 30 credit hours in 10 course areas that address four broad learning outcomes.

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Premajor Requirements 

  • PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent) [3-4 hours]
  • PSY 195 - Orientation to Psychology [1 hour]
  • PSY 215 - Experimental Psychology [4 hours]

Total Credit Hours: 8-9

Major Requirements 

Requirement One

  • ​PSY 216 Applications of Statistics in Psychology [4 hours]

Requirement Two - Four of the following courses must be completed

  • PSY 223 Developmental Psychology [3 hours]
  • PSY 311 Learning and Cognition [3 hours]
  • PSY 312 Brain and Behavior [3 hours]
  • PSY 313 Personality and Individual Differences [3 hours]
  • PSY 314 Social Psychology and Cultural Processes [3 hours]

Requirement Three - One of the following advances lecture/labs

PSY 427,430, 440, 450, 456, 460, 552.

Requirement Four - One of the following capstone options

PSY 495 and 496, 499, 500, 534, 535, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566

Total Credit Hours - 37

A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at

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Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments.

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Some psychologists work independently, conducting research, consulting with clients, or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers, or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators. Those in private practice often work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients.

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