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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
offers three majors, one major as a part of the Social Studies Education Program, and two minors. See below for a full list and click on each title
for more information.
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The B.A. in Psychology is the most common
major, providing a liberal arts education. In addition to the
University and College requirements, the B.A. in Psychology requires
only 10 psychology courses. If you are considering double majoring or multiple minors, this may be a good option.
B.S. in Neuroscience requires more courses in biology, chemistry, math,
and physics – this is an interdisciplinary major. Students following the B.S. take fewer College breadth
recommend this major for students who love the intersection between biology, chemistry, the brain, and human behavior. The
brain is studied at many different levels of analysis from the molecular and
cellular to the behavioral.
The Psychology Education Major is a part of the Social Studies Education Program. Students complete the requirements of a B.A. in Psychology major, plus
additional courses in social sciences, history, and education. It
includes a student teaching semester. Upon completion, you are eligible
for teaching history and social studies at secondary schools in
Interested in an Honors Degree? Learn more about the Honors Program.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (PSYC B.S.)
[THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS.]
Compared to the B.A., the B.S. in Psychology requires more courses in biology, chemistry, math, and computer science, and requires substantial research experience leading up to a senior thesis. Students following the B.S. also take fewer College breadth requirements. We recommend this major for students who love research and are considering pursuing Ph.D. level work in Psychology. (However, a B.A. degree can also prepare you for graduate work.)
The Psychology minor allows students to supplement their
current major with a breadth of psychology courses focusing on different
levels of human functioning: biological, cognitive, developmental,
social, and many more.
Neuroscience minor allows students to supplement their current major
with courses on neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and many more.
Apply anytime during the year using the Change of Major/Minor Webform.
Need more information about the change of major process? See the Registar's Office FAQ page.
If you declare one of our majors during or after your first year, you
will receive an email that indicates your assigned faculty advisor and we recommend that you visit the Advising Office in Wolf 202 for an in-person meeting.