Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Program Contact: Anne Eisbach   203-582-8455

Psychology explores phenomenon from multiple perspectives and is an ideal starting point for many careers. Our students go on to graduate level work in psychology and pursue careers in a wide range of fields including school psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and many mental health fields. This degree also prepares students for success in fields such as law, education and business, which require strong critical-thinking skills and a solid understanding of interpersonal relationships. In this program, students work with experienced faculty members who research intriguing topics, such as how we read stories, workplace relationships, aggressive behaviors, and mindfulness.

Academic studies will be augmented by lab courses that involve designing psychological studies and collecting data. Students can participate in supervised fieldwork in the applied clinical science concentration, preparing them for careers in counseling. Or, students can choose the industrial-organizational psychology track, which focuses on relationships in work environments. Our Psychology majors graduate well prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue an advanced degree.

Quinnipiac provides real-world experience based on students' interests. In addition to participating in summer research projects at institutions across the country, our students have interned at a battered women’s center, psychiatric in-patient clinics and national corporations.

BS in Psychology Curriculum

Students seeking a BS in Psychology must complete requirements for the University Curriculum. In addition to the lab-based science required by the University Curriculum, Psychology majors must complete one additional lab-based science course outside of psychology, one additional social science outside of psychology, one course that explores issues of multiculturalism and/or diversity, and a foreign language up to the 102-level. NOTE: The department strongly encourages psychology majors to take courses in biology.

Within the major, Psychology students take a set of courses that emphasize scientific reasoning. After taking PS 101, all majors take PS 206PS 307PS 308, and PS 401. All students must complete PS 206PS 307 and PS 308 in separate semesters. The capstone course, PS 401, must be taken in the senior year, following completion of PS 308. In each of the following sequence courses, students must earn a grade of C- or higher before moving on to the next course: PS 206PS 307PS 308. A C- is also required in PS 101 before students can move on to any 200-level PS course. PS 401, the capstone course, requires senior standing and must be taken as a seminar during the regular academic year.

In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Psychology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Psychology Requirements
Psychological Science Core
PS 101Introduction to Psychology 13
PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology 13
PS 307Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 14
PS 308Advanced Research Methods in Psychology 14
PS 401Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors 23
Psychology Perspectives
Biological Perspective (select one) 3
PS 252Physiological Psychology3
Cognitive Perspective (select one) 3
PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
Developmental Perspective (select one) 3
PS 236Child and Adolescent Development3
Social Perspective (select one) 3
PS 261Social Psychology3
Scientist-Practitioner Perspective (select one)3
Abnormal Psychology
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Psychology Electives
Select one psychology course at the 200-level or higher3
Select one psychology course at the 300-level3
Additional Degree Requirements
Select one additional Natural Science course with a Lab4
Select one Diversity/Multicultural course3
Select one Social Science course outside of Psychology3
Total Credits48

Psychology majors also have the opportunity to engage in supervised fieldwork and intensive study within one of two concentrations.

Applied Clinical Science Concentration

Students may elect to enroll in the applied clinical science program within the psychology major. The program prepares students for careers related to clinical psychology and provides the basis for graduate work in fields such as social work, counseling and school psychology. A 3.0 overall GPA is required to participate in the ACS concentration fieldwork courses.

ACS students must take:

PS 272Abnormal Psychology3
PS 371Clinical Psychology3
PS 391Applied Clinical Science Seminar (SL: Service Learning)3
PS 393Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL:Service Learning)3
PS 394Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL: Service Learning)3
Total Credits15

The ACS program emphasizes:

  1. Mental health fields as possible careers.
  2.  Conceptions of mental illness and the history of therapeutic methods.
  3. Counseling and other treatment techniques.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration

Students may elect to enroll in the industrial/organizational psychology program within the psychology major. The program exposes students to career possibilities in I-O psychology areas and provides the basis for further study related to fields such as I-O psychology and management. I-O psychology students must take:

PS 265Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
PS 397Fieldwork in Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Personnel Psychology
Advanced Organizational Psychology
Occupational Health Psychology
Total Credits9

The I-O psychology program emphasizes:

  1. The traditional research and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
  2. Using psychological principles to study and improve working conditions.
  3. Mindfulness of the changing nature of work and the ability of the field to make innovations to match such changes.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.