The Psychology Department has added the BS degree to the undergraduate program, increasing the options for students.
The Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with a solid academic preparation through an overview of the current areas of the field. Students gain a better understanding of human behavior and an enhanced awareness of themselves and society, as well as skills for analyzing and evaluating information and data. The BA program also encourages various avenues for experiential learning with practical career-related, hands-on experiences. After graduating, students who chose this degree may pursue entry-level positions in Psychology or may elect to specialize in other fields such as education, business or law. Likewise, students may decide to seek further training in related fields such as Social Work, Counseling, or Criminology (see http://www.uri.edu/artsci/psy/nav_careers.shtml for more information about career opportunities).
The Bachelor of Science degree has been developed to strengthen the preparation for students who would like to continue after their undergraduate years to pursue graduate training such as seeking a Ph.D. or going to medical school for a M.D. degree. Accordingly, the BS degree requires additional credits in the natural sciences and mathematics, more of a focus on research and statistics, and an area of specialization to more adequately prepare students for advanced work in graduate school.
a) Child Psychology/School Psychology,
Summary Chart: Comparing the BA and BS Degrees