Psychology - BS

    • Description
    • Courses
    • Additional Info.
    • Faculty
    • News
    • Young Alums
    Program Contact: Dr. Greg Page

    Many of us want to know why people behave the way they do. And some of us want to really know why, and then do something to help. If you're one of those people, then a psychology major may be what you're looking for.

    As a psychology major, you'll learn a lot about why humans behave the way they do. You'll get to focus on one area that you're interested in and design and conduct your own research. When you're ready, you can head out into the community for an internship at a mental health facility in a local hospital or at a social service agency or correctional institution. You can even take part in a counseling-related internship. 

    Once you earn your degree, you'll be prepared to work at a social service or mental health agency. Or, you can work in a school or for a company. You could even accept a job at a governmental agency. Or, you could decide to go to graduate school for more study, just like these graduates did:


    • Jelyssa Martinez '16, MS, clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, University of Pittsburgh
    • Kortny Case '16, MA, clinical mental health counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • Sherrylynn Quinn '15, MSW, Rutgers University

    • Stephanie Jimenez '15, MSW, Monmouth University
    • Taylor McMillen '15, MA, clinical mental health counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • Andrea Saquin '15, MSED, school counseling, Saint Bonaventure University
    • Mary Young '14, MS, clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, University of Pittsburgh
    • Michael Gallina '14, PhD, counseling psychology, University of North Dakota
    • Kelcey Schaum '14, MA'16, clinical mental health counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PsyD, counseling psychology, Carlow University
    • Rebekah (Schweigart) Phelps '14, MSW, University of Southern California
    • Kaitlyn Sexton '14, MS, occupational therapy, D'Youville College
    • Molly Butler '13, MS'15, school psychology, Alfred University
    • Amanda Foyle '13, MSW '15, SUNY at Binghamton
    • Barbara Highhouse '13, MS '16, counseling psychology, Alfred University
    • Alyssa Lapp '13, MS '15, occupational therapy, University of Pittsburgh
    • Ashley Ramadhan '13, MSW, University of Pittsburgh


    For graduate Michael Gallina, the psychology program helped him turn his life around.

    Read about our psychology lab.

    What you can do with a degree in Psychology. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Course Requirements in the Major

    Students must receive a C- or better in all the above courses.
    (min 2.00 GPA required for graduation)

    Focus area requirements in psychology

    (5 courses total; min two courses from each area)

    Experimental Focus - Select Two Courses

    Applied Focus -
     Select Two Courses


    Other Required Courses

    Other possible psychology electives
    (Recommended, but not required)

    Total Credits for the Major:  46-47

    Total Credits for the Required Minor: 15-24


    Additional Information:


    If you're a transfer student and have already earned a previous degree, you do not need to complete a minor.

    Learn more about our program on our Psychology Club Facebook page


    Fass Warren

    Dr. Warren Fass

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences


    235E Swarts Hall

    Leck Kira

    Dr. Kira Leck

    Associate Professor of Psychology


    235C Swarts Hall

    Page Gregory

    Dr. Gregory Page

    Director of Psychology Program, and Associate Professor of Psychology


    235B Swarts Hall

    McHugh, Rebecca

    Dr. Rebecca McHugh

    Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology


    235A Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Case Manager at Pathways Inc. in Corning, NY
    • Child development specialist at The Bradley Center in Attica, NY
    • Mental health therapist at Bradford Regional Medical Center
    • BHRS care coordinator at The Achievement Center in Meadville, PA 
    • Milieu therapist at UPMC in Pittsburgh
    Graduate Schools:
    • Graduate student in the Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • Master of Science in Counseling Program at Alfred University
    • Master of Social Work Program at University of Pittsburgh
    • Master of Social Work Program at University of Southern California
    • St. Bonaventure University