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Psychological Science


This major teaches you theoretical explanations of human behavior, as well as the methods employed in psychological research. You will also develop skills in research methods, data analysis, scientific writing, and interpersonal communication. The knowledge and skills gained from this program prepare you for graduate study in related fields and/or careers in many areas including research, business, and social services. 

In This Program

You will:

  • develop a strong knowledge base in psychology
  • acquire the skills of scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and information literacy 
  • cultivate strong written and oral communication skills


Applied Psychology Concentration: The applied psychology concentration is appropriate for those who plan to undertake advanced work in applied psychology. It would also be useful for those who seek future employment in related fields, such as counseling and clinical psychology, education, and human services.

Cognitive Science Concentration: The cognitive science concentration is an interdisciplinary concentration for those interested in how perceptual, linguistic, reasoning, and emotive types of information are represented and transformed in nervous systems, machines, and minds.


Psychological Science Minor: The minor in psychological science educates you in the scientific study of the mind and human behavior.

Career Opportunities

Career choices for the psychological science graduate are very broad. The critical thinking, quantitative, and writing skills that are developed in the psychological science major prepare you for a variety of careers, including human services, human resources, marketing, advertising, and sales among others.

You can also pursue advanced degrees in psychology and related disciplines in areas such as developmental, cognitive, biological, industrial/organizational, social, and clinical/counseling psychology. These graduate programs can lead to careers in human resources, mental health and school guidance counseling, teaching, and research.

Experiential Opportunities

You may complete independent studies in a topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member, as well as assist faculty in their research through a research practicum. You may also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of psychological research and theory through an internship in a variety of settings (such as schools, businesses, hospitals and other medical settings, research programs/facilities, mental health and social service agencies, and non-profit organizations).

Requirements and Curriculum

Psychological Science, B.A.
Psychological Science, B.S.

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