Psychology studies the cognition and behavior of humans and animals from an empirical, research-based perspective. It can be applied to a wide range of issues and fields of study, including criminal behavior, mental illness, biological bases of behavior, prejudice and discrimination, relationship violence, human resources, business and marketing, and more.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:
Psychology is a good complement to most other majors or minors and careers, for example: Criminal justice, education, pre-med, or business.
BVU has specifically designed the curriculum to be flexible and able to be tailored to individual students’ interests. There are only four required courses; for the rest of the courses, students can elect what to take based on their interests, future career aspirations, or plans for graduate school.
The psychology faculty mentor students and involve them with many additional research opportunities that help our students stand out when they apply for jobs or graduate school.
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From start to finish
Students complete a research project, start-to-finish, while at BVU, which they present at one or more professional conferences. Many students also publish their research.
Completing, presenting and publishing projects are unique accomplishments that are not available to undergraduates at larger universities. BVU students are able to accomplish these goals because of how we combine statistics and research methods into one year-long class. Undergraduate research work gives you an excellent advantage when applying to graduate school.
Showcase and enhance skills
Psychology majors must receive a grade of C- or higher in the following courses:
Psychology electives to reach 33 credit hours in psychology; at least 9 hours must be at the 300- or 400-level.
Psychology minors must receive a grade of C- or higher in PSYC 100 General Psychology. Beyond PSYC 100, the minor consists of psychology electives to reach 21 credits; at least 6 hours must be at the 300- or 400-level.
Note: Because of limited placement options for secondary psychology student teachers, the candidate must complete a second teaching major.