Psychology, BS

Why do some people suffer from addiction or mental illness, while others don't? How do mental, biological and social processes influence behavior? You can learn how to use scientific data to understand why people act the way they do.

Program Description

In the BS program in psychology, students discover the ways in which psychology combines with other STEM disciplines in the study of how the brain and behavior impact all aspects of the human experience.

Students acquire basic knowledge of psychology theory and practice. They develop skills in research analysis, critical thinking and the ability to interact effectively with a range of diverse groups across scientific interests and disciplines.

In addition to coursework, they gain hands-on experience by working with renowned world-class faculty researching the brain, mind and behavior. Students can prepare for interesting careers using psychology by working in functioning research laboratories studying the complexities of human and animal behavior.

The Department of Psychology is known for and is committed to providing continued support and answers to its graduates as a foundation for their personal transition into careers, marriage, families and other important life roles. Undergraduates in the psychology major also have access to a mentor network of alumni to help mentor and provide support throughout their academic careers.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 119 - Finite Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Freshman admission requirements for this program are the same as the university's freshman admission requirements.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Global Management, MGM

This program offers applied learning opportunities, 17 concentration options, and internships in real-world global settings where you can gain hands-on experience and learn from the diverse perspectives of a global cohort of classmates.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates 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 also prepares graduates with the strong foundation they need for direct entry into their choice of career in any of many field options.

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:

Addictions Counselor

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Industrial Psychologist

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: $96,270


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Market Research Analyst

  • Growth: 17.7%
  • Median Salary*: $65,810
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Mental Health Counselor

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Occupational Therapist (OT)

  • Growth: 15.9%
  • Median Salary*: $86,280
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Probation Officer

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $55,690

School Psychologist

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Substance Abuse Social Worker

  • Growth: 16.8%
  • Median Salary*: $48,720
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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