Which degree is right for me?
Each degree program has different academic requirements in the category of supporting classes. Please review the information below to help you decide which of these would be best suited for you. Students in all three programs receive the same fundamental preparation in psychology and are similarly prepared for careers after graduation. While the BS does prepare students for application to health career graduate education by meeting prerequisite requirements, there is no intent to create career tracks for the three degrees. Students should select their degree on the basis of their interests and current strengths to maximize success in their program. Students without strong preparation and interest in the natural sciences are encouraged to select the BA/Social Sciences.
Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in the Social Sciences (BA/Social Sciences)
The BA/Social Sciences is the program followed by 85% of Psychology majors and is most similar to the psychology major at other institutions. It requires students to take supporting courses in other social science departments to provide a broad social/behavioral context for psychology study. This degree program is the standard, most common degree program we offer. Students who are uncertain of which program to choose should probably select this degree.
Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Natural Sciences (BA/Natural Sciences)
This program is designed to facilitate the use of pre-existing credits in the natural sciences for supporting classwork for students who transfer from other majors. It is also for who want to focus on the biological/mathematical context for psychology study, but to a lesser extent than those pursuing a Bachelor of Science. The BA/Natural Sciences degree requires supporting classes in natural sciences instead of social sciences to benefit students transferring to the department with numerous credits in biology, chemistry or physics or who wish to take their supporting classwork in these fields.
Bachelor of Science (BS)
This degree program is designed to accommodate the needs of majors who intend to pursue careers health or science fields and includes most of the required course work for a pre-med curriculum. This program requires a demanding sequence of supporting classes in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer programming beyond the introductory level, as well as increased hours of electives in the major. Early difficulty in supporting classes for the BS degree (Bio 240/242, Chem 201/202, Phys 221/222 or Math 205 with grades below a B-) should prompt a reconsideration of the BS program and an immediate consultation with the undergraduate advisor.
Minor in Psychology
This degree allows students majoring in other fields to acquire basic core knowledge of psychology.