Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Program Contact: Paul LoCasto  203-582-3725

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 one of our concentrations to gain experience applying their knowledge of psychology to a real-world setting. 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. Our psychology majors graduate well prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue an advanced degree.

BS in Psychology Curriculum

In addition to the lab-based science required by the University Curriculum, psychology majors are required to 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.

Students majoring in psychology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements 23
Psychology Requirements
Psychological Science Core
PS 101Introduction to Psychology 33
PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology 33
PS 307Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology with Lab 34
PS 308Advanced Research Methods in Psychology with Lab 34
PS 401Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors 43
Psychology Perspectives
Biological Perspective (select one) 53
Physiological Psychology
Cognitive Perspective (select one) 53
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Perspective (select one) 53
Child and Adolescent Development
Social Perspective (select one) 53
Social Psychology
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
Free Electives23
Total Credits120

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

Applied Clinical Science Concentration

Students may apply to enroll in the applied clinical science concentration 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 minimum 3.0 overall GPA is required to participate in the ACS concentration fieldwork courses. Space is limited in the fieldwork courses and, therefore, in some years enrollment in the concentration may be awarded on a competitive basis.

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.

Applied Cognitive Psychology Concentration

The Applied Cognitive Psychology Concentration focuses on providing students with the opportunity to gain job-relevant skills while exploring cognition.Students are exposed to major theories and methods in Cognitive Psychology, along with applications of Cognitive Psychology to the workplace (e.g., Design Thinking, Task Analysis, Survey Design) and careers that use insights and methods from Cognitive Psychology (e.g., Behavioral Engineering). Because Cognitive Psychology draws on a range of disciplines, students will also have the opportunity to explore Cognition from a different field.

Applied Clinical Psychology students must take:

PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
PS 333Applied Cognition3
Elective 13
Skill-Building 23

The Applied Cognitive Psychology program emphasizes:

1. Applying theories and methods from cognitive psychology to real-world contexts

2. Exploring and experiencing multidisciplinary careers in cognitive psychology

3. Building marketable skills that are relevant for a range of careers (e.g., public speaking, collaboration), as well as specific skills that are relevant for jobs in cognitive psychology (e.g., task analysis, survey design)

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.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes1

  1. Breadth of Knowledge of Psychology: Use and evaluate various psychological perspectives to evaluate and predict complexities in affect, behavior and cognition; understand the history of the field and how psychology fits with other disciplines.
  2. Scientific Reasoning: Conduct, interpret and evaluate scientific studies in terms of the reliability, validity and generalizability of the research designs; develop open-mindedness, curiosity and amiable skepticism toward claims.
  3. Ethical Responsibility: Apply ethical standards to research and practice situations; demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity in work and communities.
  4. Communication Skills: Demonstrate flexibility and clarity of argument in both written and oral communication.
  5. Personal Development: Apply psychological thinking to issues encountered in work and personal life, such as using evidence to solve problems; engage in teamwork as well as self-reflection and self-management.

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 first-year students 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.

Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)

Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they: 

  • Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs). 
  • Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.

Quinnipiac University agrees to accept the general education embedded in these associate degree programs in accordance with Quinnipiac preferred choices for general education as meeting all the requirements of its undergraduate general education except for the Integrative Capstone Experience and where courses are encumbered by the major (e.g., General Chemistry for the Disciplinary Inquiry Natural Science requirement for a Biochemistry major).

Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BS in Psychology

A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BS in Psychology program. Below is a recommended plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
English I 3
Statistics 3
General Psychology I 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
English II 3
Psychology Elective 3
Elective 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Second Year
Fall Semester
Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Spring Semester
Psychology Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits60-62

Please note: The BS in Psychology program at Quinnipiac University requires at least 50% (24 credits) of the psychology major requirements to be taken at Quinnipiac.