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The Bachelor of Science in psychology is intended for those students interested in areas of psychology that are more oriented towards biology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, or medical-related fields and other graduate programs related to psychology that also require a strong natural science and mathematics background (e.g., cognitive science, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, neuroscience, genetic counseling, psychiatry and some areas of clinical psychology). The student may not earn both a B.S. and a B.A. in Psychology.

Topics of Study

All psychology majors complete a set of foundation courses (17 credit hours) that teach the history and breadth of the field. Students also take 20 credits of required courses from the various emphasis areas including cognitive, social, clinical or organizational, developmental and biopsychology plus an additional eight hours of psychology courses. The range of courses and topics includes:

The range of courses and topics includes:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Child Development
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Behavior Modification
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • The Cognition of Game Playing
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Psychology of Personal Relationships
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Bilingualism, Biculturalism and Cognition

The B.S. requires a minimum of 45 credits in psychology classes, plus 24 credits of natural science and mathematics courses.

Student organizations

  • The Psychology Club focuses on increasing awareness about psychology, unifying students who have an interest in the field of psychology and assisting with academic development through study groups.
  • Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. The UT campus chapter hosts educational and social events throughout the year.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Psychology students can benefit greatly from working in their specific areas of interest. For qualified students, internships are available with local organizations and businesses. Students can also work with faculty on research projects or to prepare a senior thesis in preparation for graduate school. A master’s or doctoral degree and a license (clinical, counseling or school psychology) are required of most psychologists. 

Past internships have included opportunities with:

  • Florida Institute of Mental Health
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Glazer Children's Museum
  • Project Return
  • Prudential
  • Pepin Academies
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • The Spring

Job opportunities with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology:

  • Education (teachers, career advisors)
  • Health Care (hospitals, physician’s offices and outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers)
  • Government agencies (correctional facilities, law enforcement)
  • Businesses (advertising, marketing, or human resources professional, human factors engineer, quality assurance tester)
  • Human Services (case management, child life specialist, community organizer)

An undergraduate degree in psychology from UT provides students with skills employers seek including communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, research and time management skills. Our undergraduate degree also prepares students to pursue graduate degrees in psychology (master’s, Psy.D., Ph.D.) or other related fields.