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Psychology BS

The Science of People

The B.S. in Psychology will give you a strong foundation in the major areas of psychological science. Learn about why people behave, feel, and think the way that they do, and how we can use the methods of science to answer those questions. The curriculum meets goals identified by the American Psychological Association and gives you a range of career options. It is an excellent choice for students planning for graduate study and careers in the various areas of Psychology.

Psychological Science at UCM


Course Requirements for the B.S.

With the B.S. in Psychology, you will learn about the major areas of psychological science. You will get an experience that goes above and beyond the “typical” bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with three courses including hands-on labs. For example, you will learn about how the scientific method applies to Psychology in the two-semester Research Design & Analysis I and II (Psy 2110 and 2120). In the Physiological Psychology (Psy 3130) course, you will extend your understanding of brain and behavior with hands-on learning such as a sheep brain dissection.

Course requirements include 43 hours of Psychology courses. The curriculum starts with Psy 1000 Orientation to Psychology, which will help you understand the career options that are open to you and get you started planning your degree. That course is book-ended by our senior capstone course, Psy 4110 History of Psychology, which will help you pull together all the knowledge and skills you have developed and prepare for the next step in your career, whether that step is immediate employment or a graduate program.

Choosing Between the B.S. and B.A

UCM gives you the opportunity to select between a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology. Both degrees provide a solid foundation in psychological science and work well as the basis for entry into a bachelor’s-level career or a graduate program. The B.S. is a more psychology-intensive degree, including lab courses and nine hours of upper-level electives in Psychology. It is especially good preparation for students planning to pursue graduate study in an area of Psychology.

Get Involved in Research

One of the special things about UCM Psychological Science is the opportunity to students to do research with our department faculty. As a scientific discipline, we are constantly learning new things about behavior and how the mind works. You can be a part of that while building your skills and getting to know your faculty. Our students often present their research at student conferences, co-author presentations at major conferences, and sometimes even co-author publications with their faculty mentors.


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