Psychology, BS


At a Glance: program details

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

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Explore the intersection of psychology and other STEM fields as you investigate how the brain and behavior shape human experiences. You'll learn how to use scientific data and collaborate with faculty to pursue innovative approaches to mental wellness, addiction, aging, memory, social challenges, societal issues such as climate change, and more.

Program Description

The BS in psychology emphasizes the scientific study of human behavior, cognition and more. The program combines innovative learning methods with classroom and laboratory experiences for an education that encourages interdisciplinary opportunities.

Students gain a strong foundation in psychological theory and practice, honing research analysis and critical thinking skills. They engage with esteemed faculty, exploring human and animal behavior, and they learn to effectively interact with diverse groups across scientific interests and disciplines.

This program connects students to a robust support network, internships and engaged alumni. Graduates possess foundational psychology knowledge that enhances their work, relationships and family roles.

In addition to reviewing 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.




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 applicants must meet university transfer 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: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.


Change of Major Requirements

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

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu 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

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

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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

With a Bachelor of Science in psychology, students gain diverse career options. This program establishes a strong foundation for immediate entry into science-based career fields, such as health care or research and development in an academic or business environment.

It also positions students for a pathway into medical school. Graduates are well-prepared for rewarding careers in pre-med and health fields as well as research and graduate study in psychology, health sciences, law and other graduate-level degree programs.

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:

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors


  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists


  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 139280
  Bright Outlook

Lawyers


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists


  • Growth: 11.4%
  • Median Salary*: 90130
  Bright Outlook

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists


  • Growth: 13.4%
  • Median Salary*: 68230
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselors


  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook

Occupational Therapists


  • Growth: 11.5%
  • Median Salary*: 93180
  Bright Outlook

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists


  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: 59860

School Psychologists


  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: 81500

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers


  • Growth: 10.6%
  • Median Salary*: 51240
  Bright Outlook

* 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

Through study abroad programs, students are exposed to unique differences in human behavior and the human condition, are able to improve language and cross-cultural skills for effective communication, and are challenged to adapt to new social and cultural circumstances.

The expanded education that students acquire through a Global Education program will be a valuable enhancement to their resume, helping them stand out when applying for graduate school or when pursuing their choice of careers

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these programs for students majoring in psychology.



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