Psychology | Department of Psychology

Psychology (BS)

In the BS degree program in Psychology at ASU's Tempe campus, students explore leading-edge issues about the brain, mind and behavior from a scientific, psychological point of view emphasizing quantitative skills. Students work with faculty and other psychology majors in a collaborative, diverse environment of coursework, research, and other engagement activities to explore fascinating questions as:

  • Can robotics explain how players field in baseball?
  • How do stress and emotions affect adolescent adjustment?
  • How do we recognize and regulate emotions?
  • How does body image relate to eating disorders?
  • How does chronic stress affect the brain?
  • How has evolution shaped our choice of partner?
  • What are the physical and psychological consequences of adolescent substance use?

The Bachelor of Science in psychology degree option is ideal for students looking for a liberal arts focus with a more intensive math requirement while studying psychology.

Degree Offered

Psychology (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Students will acquire basic knowledge of psychology theory and practice. They will develop skills in research analysis, critical thinking and the ability to effectively interact with a range of diverse groups across scientific interests and disciplines. Students are well positioned for advanced research and graduate study in psychology, the health sciences, law and other graduate level degrees and programs. The Bachelor of Science degree program will also prepare students to directly enter into a wide field of career choices.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Animal Trainers11.1%$25,770
Clinical Data Managers 33.8%$79,990
Clinical Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists4%$60,600
Counseling Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Customer Service Representatives 9.8%$31,200
Forensic Science Technicians 26.6%$55,360
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Human Resources Specialists 4.6%$57,420
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 19.1%$76,950
Intelligence Analysts -1.2%$79,870
Internists, General9.4%#
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 18.6%$61,290
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 9.8%$92,110
Occupational Therapists 26.5%$78,810
Patient Representatives 9.8%$31,200
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Program Directors9.1%$69,100
Psychiatric Aides5.3%$26,220
Psychiatrists 14.9%$181,880
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.8%$68,690
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6.4%$55,020
School Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Social Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Therapists, All Other 23.6%$55,900
Training and Development Specialists 7.5%$57,340

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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