Psychology Degree

Psychology and Social Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs

As a psychology major, study the cognition and behavior of humans and animals from an empirical, research-based perspective. A psychology major 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. 

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Why should I earn a psychology degree?

Help Well

Psychology gives you the tools to help others as you gain valuable understanding of conditions of the mind, human development, and interpersonal relationships.

Be Unlimited

Understanding people better will serve you anywhere. Virtually any career path can be built from and supported by a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Move Up

Build the foundation you need for a graduate or doctoral degree in psychology or a related field. You could become a doctor or a professor – or even own your own practice. 

What I Can Do With a Psychology Degree

  • Counseling for mental health disorders or substance use disorders
  • Psychologist or counselor (requires additional graduate degree)
  • Psychiatry or other medical field (requires additional medical school)

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Why study psychology at BVU?

Advantage of Research

Complete a research project, start-to-finish, and present at one or more professional conferences. Get the opportunity to publish your research. This gives you an excellent advantage when applying to graduate school.


There are only four required courses; the rest you can choose yourself based on your interests, career aspirations, or graduate school plans.

Get Involved

Showcase and enhance your skills in Psychology Club, Psi Chi (national honors society for psych students), and Research Club.

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Learn Completely Online

Earn your bachelor of psychology at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

    Hybrid Learning

    You can earn your psychology degree without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

      Psychology Courses

      • Major in Psychology (33 Credit Hours)

        Psychology majors must receive a grade of C- or higher in the following courses:

        • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
        • Electives: Psychology electives (to reach 33 credit hours in psychology)
        • PSYC 295 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I
        • PSYC 296 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis II
        • PSYC 498 Capstone in Psychology


        • Psychology electives to reach 33 credit hours in psychology; at least 9 hours must be at the 300- or 400-level. 

      • Minor in Psychology (21 Credit Hours)

        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. 

      • Major in Psychology with Teaching Licensure 5-12

        • Psychology major (33 credit hours)
        • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

        Note: Because of limited placement options for secondary psychology student teachers, the candidate must complete a second teaching major.

      • Minor in Psychology with Teaching Licensure 5-12

        Option 1

        • 24 credit hours in psychology (same as the 21 credit hour minor plus 3 credit hours elective credit)
        • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

        Option 2

        • 30 credit hours in the social sciences with 15 hours in psychology, which must include PSYC 100 General Psychology and PSYC 291 Learning and Memory
        • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

      Transfer to BVU

      BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

      Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

      Financial Aid & Scholarships

      We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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      Psychology Faculty

      Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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      Transfer Your Credits

      Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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      Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

      With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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