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Considering a B.A. or B.S. in the psychology department? The department offers three undergraduate degrees, three minors, and an array of courses in psychology. The number of students completing undergraduate degrees in psychology is 1,000 and growing. Students from different majors can supplement their degree with a minor in psychology, industrial/ organizational psychology, or neuroscience.

Undergraduates in psychology have many opportunities to develop personally and academically. Many courses offered in the program are relevant to issues of today. Such courses include Applied Cross Cultural Psychology, Romantic Relationships, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Psychology of Women.

Undergraduates can earn course credit by assisting faculty and graduate students in their research projects. Highly talented students might be invited to join Psi Chi, the psychology national honor society.  Students who are accepted to pursue honors in the major can work on their own research project under the guidance of a faculty member.

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BA in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology focuses on liberal arts and general education courses including a foreign language requirement, within the psychology field. A broad range of courses includes social psychology, abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology and biopsychology, as well as several of the department's special topics courses such as forensic psychology and romantic relationships.

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience concentration in the BA in Psychology

This concentration focuses on laboratory experience in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and in depth courses that will broaden student's understanding of brain and behavior. 

Clinical Psychology concentration in the BA in Psychology

This concentration focuses on how psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Prepare for a career in clinical or counseling psychology by gaining in-depth knowledge of normal developments, psychological disorders, psychological theories, and treatment techniques.

Developmental Psychology concentration in the BA in Psychology

The developmental psychology concentration is designed to provide students with understanding in the many ways in which peoples thinking and abilities change over time. Coursework provides for a broad foundation in psychology across the lifespan while also allowing for students to focus on a developmental period (e.g. childhood).The concentration in developmental psychology may be of interest to students who are planning to attend graduate school in developmental psychology or a related field, such as human development and family studies, school psychology, or clinical child psychology.

Educational Psychology concentration in the BA in Psychology

Educational psychology as a field focuses on learning processes. This concentration focuses on the theoretical and applied aspects of learning, motivation, human development, personality, assessment, teaching, and evaluation in educational settings.

Forensic Psychology concentration in the BA in Psychology

The forensic psychology concentration is designed to supplement the study of psychology, criminology, or other justice-related areas with an overview of the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. The concentration focuses specifically on mental illness in the criminal justice system, the psychological experiences of the victims, psychological science in the courtroom, and psychological factors related to criminal behavior.

Human Factors and Applied Cognition concentration in the BA in Psychology

Students pursuing the BA with a concentration in human factors and applied cognition take 12-13 credits. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the concentration.

Health Psychology concentration in the BA in Psychology

The health psychology concentration is designed to help students better understand psychological factors that influence overall health. The courses provide instruction on factors that have the potential to impact both physical and psychological health. These include the roles of cognitive processes, health beliefs and behaviors, emotions, psychosocial circumstances and personality traits, all factors that may influence overall health and well-being.

Work and Organizational Psychology concentration in the BA in Psychology

Students pursuing a BA in psychology can fulfill the applied psychology requirement by completing the concentration in Work and Organizational Psychology (12-13 credits).

Note: a concentration is a narrow specialization within a student’s major/field of study. This is different from a minor, which is a secondary field of study a student pursues outside of their major.

BS in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology focuses on math and science within the psychology field. A broad range of courses includes social psychology, abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology and biopsychology, as well as several of the department's special topics courses such as forensic psychology and romantic relationships.

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience concentration in the BS in Psychology

This concentration focuses on laboratory experience in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and in depth courses that will broaden student's understanding of brain and behavior. 

Clinical Psychology concentration in the BS in Psychology

This concentration focuses on how psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Prepare for a career in clinical or counseling psychology by gaining in-depth knowledge of normal developments, psychological disorders, psychological theories, and treatment techniques.

Developmental Psychology concentration in the BS in Psychology

The developmental psychology concentration is designed to provide students with understanding in the many ways in which peoples thinking and abilities change over time. Coursework provides for a broad foundation in psychology across the lifespan while also allowing for students to focus on a developmental period (e.g. childhood).The concentration in developmental psychology may be of interest to students who are planning to attend graduate school in developmental psychology or a related field, such as human development and family studies, school psychology, or clinical child psychology.

Educational Psychology concentration in the BS in Psychology

Educational psychology as a field focuses on learning processes. This concentration focuses on the theoretical and applied aspects of learning, motivation, human development, personality, assessment, teaching, and evaluation in educational settings.

Forensic Psychology concentration in the BS in Psychology

The forensic psychology concentration is designed to supplement the study of psychology, criminology, or other justice-related areas with an overview of the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. The concentration focuses specifically on mental illness in the criminal justice system, the psychological experiences of the victims, psychological science in the courtroom, and psychological factors related to criminal behavior.

Human Factors and Applied Cognition concentration in the BS in Psychology

Students pursuing the BS with a concentration in human factors and applied cognition take 12-13 credits. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the concentration.

Health Psychology concentration in the BS in Psychology

The health psychology concentration is designed to help students better understand psychological factors that influence overall health. The courses provide instruction on factors that have the potential to impact both physical and psychological health. These include the roles of cognitive processes, health beliefs and behaviors, emotions, psychosocial circumstances and personality traits, all factors that may influence overall health and well-being.

Work and Organizational Psychology concentration in the BS in Psychology

Students pursuing a BS in psychology can fulfill the applied psychology requirement by completing the concentration in Work and Organizational Psychology (12-13 credits).

Note: a concentration is a narrow specialization within a student’s major/field of study. This is different from a minor, which is a secondary field of study a student pursues outside of their major.

Minor in Brain, Body and Behavior

The courses included in this minor emphasize the behavioral consequences of both normal and abnormal neuronal and physiological processes. These in-depth courses will broaden the students' knowledge in understanding brain and behavior, specifically, but not exclusively, the cognitive aspects.

Minor in Clinical Psychology

The required courses of the minor provide a foundation in psychology and focus on assessment and treatment of distress and dysfunction. The electives provide in-depth knowledge of normal development, psychological theories, psychological disorders, and treatment techniques.

Minor in Developmental Psychology

The developmental psychology minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which humans change over time. Course work provides for a broad foundation in psychology across the lifespan while also allowing for students to focus on a developmental period (e.g. childhood).

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the catalog.

Minor in Forensic Psychology

The forensic psychology minor is designed to supplement the study of psychology, criminology, or other justice-related areas with an overview of the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. The minor focuses specifically on mental illness in the criminal justice system, the psychological experiences of victims, psychological science in the courtroom, and psychological factors related to criminal behavior.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the catalog.

Minor in Health Psychology

The health psychology minor is designed to help students better understand psychological factors that influence overall health. The courses provide instruction on factors that have the potential to impact both physical and psychological health. These include the roles of cognitive processes, health beliefs and behaviors, emotions, psychosocial circumstances and personality traits, all factors that may influence overall health and well-being.

Minor in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

Develop further knowledge on topics such as leadership, occupational health, motivation, personality, research methods and more. Students will learn the foundations of work/organizational psychology including important theoretical aspects of the field.

Minor in Psychology

Coursework in psychology can enhance many different majors. The psychology minor is available to students in any major at Mason.