Psychology - BS, BA

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes.

The department is internationally known for its innovative research, teaching, and scholarship programs. Graduates are prepared for professions in mental health, research, education, and human service settings. Given that most career paths in psychology require graduate training, Utah State's psychology program is directed toward helping majors meet the prerequisites of competitive graduate programs and preparing them for research and graduate work in psychology.

What You Will Learn

Faculty involve students in research opportunities, which can be conducted in any number of Utah State’s excellent research facilities. Students must either complete a capstone course or an apprenticeship course which allows them to gain work experience outside of the classroom. They are also encouraged to get involved with Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, in order to help them with their academic pursuits and get more information about opportunities available with a degree in psychology.

Students earn a major in psychology by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


At a Glance

College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Department: Psychology Department

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Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in psychology, students will be well prepared for graduate study in psychology and other areas. Graduates can also pursue the following careers:

  • Probation and parole officer
  • Career counselor
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Psychiatric technician

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*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the psychology program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: Students that meet the USU admission requirements can be admitted into the psychology department.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students and USU students transferring from other majors qualify to be admitted to the psychology department if they are in good standing at USU.
  • Students will remain as pre-psychology majors until they have completed the requirements below:
    • Completion of at least 40 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Completion of at least 18 USU credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Completion of the following psychology pre-requisite courses: Psy 1010, 1100, 1400, 1410, 3010, 2010 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • After the prerequisites above have been met, students must make a written application to the department to declare a psychology major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minor.

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