University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychological Science

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Preparation for a particular career comes with the courses you choose to take, not the degree that you earn. For example, students routinely enter medical school having earned a B.A. degree and having taken courses in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Similarly, students frequently earn a B.S. degree having also taken a large number of courses in the social sciences or humanities.

The Department of Psychological Science offers both a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree. Which degree you should pursue depends on your specific interests and whether you are more comfortable with arts, humanities, social sciences, and languages or with physical sciences and mathematics.

Use the Sample Course Plan to Complete a Psychological Science B.A. to help guide your course selection over all four undergraduate years.

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Note that you MUST fulfill both the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the specific requirements of the B.A. in psychological science.

Requirements for the B.A. in Psychological Science (minimum 34 credits)

All of these
  • PSYS 001  Introduction to Psychological Science (3 credits)
  • PSYS 053  Research Methods (Fall only, 3 credits)
  • PSYS 054  Statistics for Psychological Science (Spring only, 4 credits)
  • PSYS 111  Learning, Cognition and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYS 115  Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 130  Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYS 150  Developmental Psychology: Childhood (3 credits)
  • PSYS 170  Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Two of these
  • Any TWO 200-level psychological science courses (for a total of at least 6 credits)
One of these
  • One additional course at or above the 100 level (3 credits)

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