- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mental processes that determine behavior. Psychology also applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to solve practical problems.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
- Program strengths
You can focus your training in select specialized areas (these are not majors or degrees):
- Biological psychology/neuroscience
- Child development
- Clinical neuropsychology
- General clinical psychology
- Learning and cognition
- Social psychology
Various undergraduate courses incorporate service learning as part of the course requirements. Service learning provides opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning.
Undergraduate research opportunities:
- Participate in research under the direction of psychology faculty by enrolling in Psych 498 or 499.
- Apply for department research grants to support your own independent research under the direction of psychology faculty.
- Participate in the Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium, an opportunity for original research to be presented to the public.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For students in psychology
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
- Careers in psychology
What you can do with a degree in psychology
• Mental health and social services
• Alcohol/substance abuse counseling
• Human resources and management
• Public relations and fundraising
• Business management, sales, market research, and advertising
• Teaching and research
Skills you can market with a degree in Psychology
• Understanding human behavior and mental processes
• Intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and problem solving
• Ability to use scientific methods and logic to evaluate, communicate, and apply research findings
• Effective communication in a variety of forms
• Awareness and appreciation for individual differences
• Ability to work independently or as a team member