Bachelor of Science Programs in Psychology

Read below to learn about bachelor's degree programs in psychology. See what you'll learn, get online learning information and see what your career options are after graduation. Schools offering Psychology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Why Should I Get a Bachelor of Science Instead of a Bachelor of Arts?

A Bachelor of Arts program leans more toward preparing you for research and academic roles in the field of psychology, while a Bachelor of Science program is more clinical in scope. Some schools offer a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a business track, which is designed for students who wish to incorporate their degree into another field such as law, business, industry or social services.

Degree Designations Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs available; B.S. programs have a more clinical emphasis than B.A. programs
Common Courses Perception, statistics, personality, abnormal psychology, conditioning and learning
Online Availability Fully accessible online degree option available; in-person internships may be required
Possible Career Psychologist; will require the acquisition of a master's and doctoral degree, along with licensure

What Topics Will I Study?

Your specific coursework will depend on whether you choose a straight degree program or one with a business track. Some topics you can expect to cover include statistics, abnormal psychology, conditioning and learning, perception, personality, testing and measurement, counseling and behavior analysis. You may also be expected to complete a capstone project during your senior year and may have an internship requirement as well. Some programs offer independent study or self-directed research opportunities.

Can I Earn It Online?

Some schools now offer this degree online. You will take all the same courses as your on-campus counterparts, and the school will often help you arrange your internship with a local agency, should you be interested in pursuing one. A high-speed Internet connection, speakers, microphone, webcam and reliable computer are the typical technical requirements. Classes are attended through the school's website, and all assignments and communication with your instructors is handled via e-mail or a Web-based course management system like Blackboard.

Will I Be A Psychologist When I Graduate?

To become a psychologist you will have to go on to grad school and get your master's degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), and then take the certification exam to become a licensed psychologist. The Ph.D. program is more research-based and prepares you for academic work in the field, while the Psy.D. is more concentrated toward clinical work. It's important to note that the Psy.D. program is intensive, taking 6-7 years to complete, not including a mandatory year of post-graduate clinical work.

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