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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Build Skills and Knowledge for Your Psychology Career

Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology can prepare you for graduate studies as well as a range of entry-level positions in this fascinating field. Learn from our knowledgeable instructors* in classes online or on-campus, with evening and weekend courses available. Explore your options below.

Our BA in Psychology Degree: What You Can Learn

Whether in our campus or online psychology degree programs, your interactive courses and labs will explore essential concepts in the science of human behavior, including psychological disorders, human development, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and more.

Our bachelor’s degree in psychology program can be completed in 36 months online or 45 months on campus. Earning your psychology degree can give you a strong grounding for future studies and for diverse careers in psychology.

Course Options Aligned to Psychology Career Paths

At the start of the program, your general education and foundation courses can help you to build skills and knowledge in communications, math and statistics, the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Our core psychology courses then give you a firm grounding in statistics and psychology that will be invaluable throughout the rest of your courses.

Next, you’ll have the opportunity to select courses from four psychology major curriculum areas: behavioral health, behavioral neuroscience, human development, and social/organizations. Below, we explore those areas in more detail and in relation to professional careers in psychology.

Behavioral Health: Behavioral psychology professionals may work in clinical or counseling psychology, assessing and treating individuals with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders, addictive behaviors, and other conditions.

Our behavioral health psychology course topics include:

  • Addictions
  • Multicultural psychology
  • Child and adolescent disorders
  • Professional counseling
  • Clinical psychology
  • Anxiety and mood disorders

Behavioral Neuroscience: Professionals in behavioral neuroscience, also known as biological psychology, study the role of biological mechanisms in animal and human cognition, motivation, learning, and more.

Our behavioral neuroscience psychology course topics include:

  • Sensation and perception
  • Motivation
  • Advanced analysis and methods
  • Learning and memory
  • Principles of behavioral neuroscience
  • Comparative cognition
  • Human neuropharmacology

Human Development: In developmental psychology, psychologists focus on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth across the lifespan, from birth to death. Developmental psychology professionals may evaluate and diagnose patients with developmental disabilities and guide people of all ages in overcoming or living with developmental obstacles.

Our human development psychology course options include:

  • Child and adolescent development
  • Adult development
  • Elderly development
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Human sexuality
  • Psychology and gender

Social/Organizational: Social psychology careers involve examining how social interactions and perceptions impact the behavior of individuals or group. Similarly, organizational psychology professionals focus on understanding and optimizing behavior within organizations to improve areas like efficiency or employee satisfaction.

Our social/organizational psychology course topics include:

  • Psychology and the media
  • Health psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Psychology of religion
  • Industrial organizational psychology
  • Psychometrics and assessment

Finishing Strong: Preparing for Careers in Psychology

At the end of your bachelor’s in psychology program, you can apply and refine your skills through one of the following capstone experiences:

  • A senior seminar, in which you explore in great depth current or historical issues in psychology.
  • A thesis project in which you select and research a topic in psychology; develop a hypothesis; assess your hypothesis by collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, and present your research findings as you would at a professional psychology conference.
  • Supervised field placement that exposes you to the practice of psychology and other human services professions, and that can help you to consider and decide what career path you’ll take in the psychology field.

Each of these possible capstone selections can provide a valuable experience as you move on to start your psychology career or apply to a psychology master’s program.

Career Options with a Bachelor’s Psychology Degree

When you’re ready to look for jobs with a psychology degree, know that psychology degree graduates can work in many industries. Understanding what drives human behavior can be a valuable skill in the workplace, and earning your bachelor’s degree in psychology can equip you to work in entry-level positions that include:

  • Counselor aide
  • Therapeutic assistant
  • Caseworker
  • Behavioral intervention specialist
  • Academic advisor
  • Career advisor
  • Human resources administrator
  • Child care worker
  • Community organizer

By choosing to pursue a graduate psychology degree next, you can develop skills and knowledge for many additional types of psychology career paths.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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