Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Our students use critical thinking, communication, and evidence-based research skills to understand the determinants for human conduct or behavior. Engaging classes, investigation, and field opportunities help you learn how understanding the complexities of human behavior can be of impact to society.
Who It's For
Our psychology program is ideal for students interested in understanding why people do what they do. Our curriculum will prepare you for a variety of career possibilities after graduation, including master’s and PhD-level coursework. If you are interested in using psychology research to solve problems, this is the program for you.
- Engage in empirical research projects in both lower and upper-division classes through a hands-on approach to learning.
- Volunteer opportunities in schools, healthcare organizations, and justice facilities allow you to place course content in real-world scenarios.
- Small class sizes enable students and faculty to engage in meaningful learning processes—ensuring academic success, flexibility, and personal growth.
- Take career-exploration courses that help you discover your passions within psychology and give a special focus to your learning experience.
- Collaborate on faculty-guided research projects as a way to explore your particular interests in the field.
- Plan your course schedule, identify career opportunities, and prepare for the steps after graduation with dedicated faculty and advisors.
About the Program
We offer a STEM-designated bachelor of science degree to help you understand evidence-based research practices. Our program allows you to hone skills specific to your area of interest, while also giving you the opportunity to learn how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. You will have access to lab space for research work, the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Laboratory, and the expertise of faculty members. And, there are some psychology-related extracurricular opportunities on campus you may be interested in.
What You'll Learn
- Participate in scientific inquiry and critical thinking, examining the many levels of analysis for understanding behavior and interactions among biological and environmental influences.
- Use laboratory and field-based research methods with data-modeling techniques in statistical programs to analyze human behavior.
- Develop a knowledge base, learning the differences between normal and abnormal conduct and the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.
- Explore ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world, studying the questions surrounding mental health, well-being, and healthcare systems.
- Work with multicultural perspectives and gain a comprehensive understanding of communication to comprehend how biases shape behaviors.
- Engage in professional development.
Plan of Study
You will study the foundations of cognitive science research and clinical counseling, social, developmental, and quantitative psychology. You will start by taking introductory-level courses in brain and behavior, personality theories, human development, and more. Students are highly encouraged to participate in field experiences.
A psychology major offers you a well-rounded approach to topics such as gender and identity, culture, human-environment interactions, and the neuroscience of behavior.
Psychology with Emphasis in Cognitive Science
Through this program, you will focus on human cognition. We will work on the interactions behind acquiring knowledge and complex reasoning. This emphasis is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in a biologically oriented research area of psychology.
Liberal Education Courses
Cognitive Psychology and Lab
You will use computerized simulations to better understand the complexity of cognitive behaviors while recreating classic psychology experiments. Examine the branch of psychology that studies how people perceive, remember, reason, and solve problems day to day.
Are you interested in how biology and experience dynamically interact to shape social behavior? Unravel the mysteries of the human brain as you explore conformity, persuasion, prejudice, attraction, prosocial behavior, and more.
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology are required in areas that demand quantitative reasoning, data analysis, and problem-solving skills. Our program equips you with the tools and knowledge for a successful career after college.
Many of our students have continued their education in high-ranking graduate programs. Others play important roles in areas like social service, research, business, education, and other fields that require an understanding of human behavior.
- Child development specialist
- Mental health counselor
- Career counselor
- Criminal investigator
- Psychiatric technician
- Marketing specialist
- Human resources
- Research study coordinator and lab manager
- Public affairs specialist
Our students have combined studies in psychology with pre-medicine, neuroscience, data science, and environmental studies. A 2016 alumni survey of recent psychology graduates indicates that three out of four former students are “highly satisfied” with the post-college opportunities available in our program.
Tuition and Aid
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Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.
With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.
You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.
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