Psychology, BS

Parent Entity: 
Science and Mathematics, College of » Psychology
Program Type: 
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science (BS) curriculum offers students an array of courses in psychological theory supported by coursework in research methodology, statistics, and writing.  Students will also select among a variety of elective courses including those related to counseling and psychotherapy, forensic psychology, neuroscience, as well as applied areas in human performance and effectiveness.  Relative to the BA degree, the BS degree requires additional coursework in research methodology and computing.  In addition, the BS offers three concentrations showcasing our faculty's unique areas of expertise in: (1) Behavioral Neuroscience, (2) Industrial Organizational Psychology, and (3) Cognition and Perception.  Students considering graduate school or careers in one of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.  Similar to the BA degree, the BS also offers flexibility for students to supplement their education with additional courses outside of psychology.  This enables students to customize their degree to meet their individual goals.  Graduates prepared with knowledge of human behavior who are adaptable and willing to learn, socially skilled and focused on problem solving, will have the greatest flexibility in pursuing the jobs and careers of their choice given the demands of employers in the 21st century.

To be admitted as a Bachelor of Science major into the department of psychology, students must earn at least 15 semester hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and complete an introduction to psychology course earning a grade of at least a C.  Admission decisions will be based on Wright State courses, transfer courses, or both.  Once accepted by the department, students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to learn more about curriculum choices, degree completion requirements, graduate school, and career opportunities.  Because of the breadth of psychology, a variety of educational options are available; therefore, students should continue to work with the psychology undergraduate program advisors to facilitate progress towards their degree.

Bachelor of Science Degree

The B.S. curriculum is designed to provide opportunities to achieve five outcomes.

  1. Be familiar with current theory and research in diverse area of psychology
  2. Have fundamental research design and mathematical/statistical skills needed to understand psychological science
  3. Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  4. Have skills in integrating and communicating about psychological knowledge
  5. Have advanced research design, mathematical/statistical, and computing skills needed to critically evaluate and conduct research in a self-selected area of psychology

Psychology Honors Program

The Psychology Honor's Program is a highly competitive and prestigious opportunity for students to learn about the science of psychology.  Working closely with a department of psychology faculty member, students take the lead in conducting a research project.  Through this supervised experience, students learn first-hand how scientists investigate psychological phenomena.

Students interested in being admitted to the psychology honors program should identify a potential faculty mentor and then apply in their junior year. After acceptance, students enroll in one departmental honors seminar each academic year. Part-time students must complete one honors seminar prior to graduation. All students must complete an honors thesis, for which academic credit is granted.

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