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About Psychology

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. The department is internationally known for its innovative research, teaching, and scholarship programs. Graduates are prepared for professions in mental health, research, education, and human service settings. Given that most career paths in psychology require graduate training, Utah State's psychology program is directed toward helping majors meet the prerequisites of competitive graduate programs and preparing them for research and graduate work in psychology.

Faculty involve students in research opportunities, which can be conducted in any number of Utah State’s excellent research facilities. Students are required to complete an apprenticeship course which allows them to gain work experience outside of the classroom. They are also encouraged to get involved with Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, in order to help them with their academic pursuits and get more information about opportunities available with a degree in psychology.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the psychology program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: Students that meet the USU admission requirements can be admitted in to the pre-psychology major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students and USU students transferring from other majors qualify for the pre-psychology major if they meet USU's general admissions requirements.
  • To be a psychology major, students must submit a written application to the department after meeting the following prerequisites:
    • Completion of at least 40 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Completion of at least 18 USU credits with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Completion of certain psychology pre-requisite courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

International students have additional admissions requirements.

With a degree in psychology, students will be well prepared for graduate study in psychology and other areas. Graduates can also pursue the following careers:

  • Probation and parole officer
  • Career counselor
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Psychiatric technician

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

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