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Undergraduate Program: BS

Course Planning

Here you will find everything you need to know to plan your degree, including a course selection worksheet, course categories, course listings, and a 4-year planning table.

The Major

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree provides increased scientific, methodological and content preparation for students wanting to pursue graduate work in psychology. The course sequence and requirements have a greater emphasis on math, science and research methods courses; require research experience; and focus students on course selection toward the goal of future specialization. The BS program is meant to help prepare students for doctoral programs in psychology and other social sciences, as well as medical school.

The BS degree also allows students to tailor their course work in a specific area of interest through one of five focus areas, or the creation of their own. Courses in the focus areas provide greater depth into a given domain in psychology.

Focus Areas:

  • Child Psychology
  • Cognitive/Neuroscience
  • Health Psychology
  • Social/Multicultural
  • Other - a unique focus area created by a student and faculty advisor with approval of the department chair

  • Requirements for Psychology BS Degree

    The BS degree requires at least 38 credits in Psychology (PSY). All students must complete the introductory psychology course (PSY 113), developmental psychology (PSY 232), and a cluster of 4 methods classes, qualitative methods in psychology (PSY 200), research methods (PSY 301), psychological testing (PSY 434), and statistical methods in research (STA 412). Majors are also required to complete physiological psychology (PSY 381), an applied course, 3 specialized knowledge courses, and an experiential course which correspond to the student's chosen focus area.

    The General Education requirements are the same as for the BA degree, with the following exceptionsinclude:

  • 6 credits of English Communication (one must be WRT 106 or WRT 333, may take both)
  • 6 credits of Mathematics
  • 3 credits in Fine Arts
  • 3 credits in Literature
  • 6 credits each in Letters, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences (BIO 101 or 105 required) (must be from 2 different departments per area)
  • Complete the A&S BA requirement for Foreign Languages
  • Students should complete 42 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher. Note that courses selected must be included in the general education courses for the year the student first matriculated at URI (

    Course Listings

    A guide to assist you in selecting both required courses, and elective courses in your area of interest. Areas include Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Behavioral, Business, Clinical, Child Development, Corrections, Crisis, Cultural, Experimental, Health Psychology, and Social Work.

    Experiential Learning

    Students following the BS degree complete their experiential learning credits through an independent study course (PSY 489) where they collaborate on research projects with a Psychology faculty member or graduate student, or complete their own project in an area of interest over the course of the semester. Visit the experiential learning page for more information on the PSY 489 course. Other experiential options may be taken, if desired, in addition to PSY 489.

    Career Opportunities

    The BS degree in Psychology is an ideal major for students contemplating admission to medical school or graduate school for further study in related social science fields. Students are also well prepared for careers in a number of areas such as education, government, research, and the private sector post graduation. BS students also could consider a minor or second major in a related field (e.g. for interests in neuroscience, options in biology or chemistry, for interests in social/multicultural, options in sociology, nonviolence and peace studies, or in gender and women's studies).

    Planning Table

    This worksheet provides a general guide for planning your course registration over a 4-year college career. Also see the advising worksheet to help your courses.