University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Undergraduate Programs

psychology major working in labThe 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. 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.

Important Guidelines

  • You MUST fulfill both the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the specific requirements of the Psychology major or minor.
  • PSYS 053 (Research Methods) for psychology MAJORS is only offered during FALL semesters and PSYS 054 (Statistics for Psychological Science) is only offered during SPRING semesters. The Spring-semester version of PSYS 053 is intended for psychology MINORS, so majors should not plan on taking it then. Note that PSYS 053 is a prerequisite for PSYS 054, and also for many of the 200 level courses.
  • It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you take PSYS 053 the Fall of your sophomore year and PSYS 054 the Spring of your sophomore year so you can complete the rest of your major requirements in a timely manner.

Choose the links in the left hand menu to see specific requirements for our majors, minor, and concentrations.

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