Psychology

Psychology, one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Saint Louis University, is the science of the human mind, brain and behavior. Undergraduate students in SLU's psychology degree program can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.


Major in Psychology

If you choose to pursue one of SLU’s undergraduate degrees in psychology, you’ll study the mental processes, behaviors and experiences of individuals, families, organizations and institutions. Additionally, you’ll examine how biology, development, thought processes and social factors influence the human condition.

Professors in SLU's Department of Psychology encourage students to challenge their intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills. You’ll explore your academic interests through research, service, field experiences and study. You may also have the opportunity to be an undergraduate research assistant in a faculty member's research lab.

The B.A. option provides a broad understanding of psychology as a preparation for professional schools, graduate school programs in psychology, professional master’s programs in counseling, or as a general liberal arts career preparation.

The B.S. option is a more research-intensive program that also prepares students for graduate study in psychology as well as careers in health professions. In addition to providing a broad understanding of psychology, students learn and apply research methods needed to study psychological processes and disorders.

Both the B.A. and the B.S. include coursework in the study of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and applied psychology.

Curriculum

All undergraduates, including students pursuing a minor, will choose at least one course from each of the following gateway areas:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience: PSY 3100-3190; PSY 4100-4190; and 4710 topical seminars
  • Developmental Psychology: PSY 3200-3290; PSY 4200-4290; and 4720 topical seminars
  • Social/Personality: PSY 3300-3390; PSY 4300-4390; and 4750 topical seminars
  • Applied Psychology: PSY 3400-3490; PSY 4400-4490; and 4730 topical seminars

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

In addition to the gateway courses above, the following courses are required if you pursue a Bachelor of Arts in psychology:

  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • PSY 2050: Foundations of Research Methods and Statistics

You will take eight-to-nine additional elective credit hours in any 3000- or 4000-level courses in psychology. Electives can also include PSY 2010 Disciplines and Practices in Psychology, PSY 4790 Regular Practicum, or PSY 4800 Research Experience.

Finally, you will choose one of the following capstone courses:

  • PSY 4010: Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSY 4870: Capstone Practicum Project
  • PSY 4880: Capstone Research Project
  • PSY 4900: Critical Thinking about Psychology

Students in a capstone course will present poster presentations of their projects at the annual Department of Psychology Capstone Symposium, which takes place every April. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology's Undergraduate Studies Committee and Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

B.A. in Psychology Checklist

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

In addition to the gateway courses above, the following courses are required if you pursue a Bachelor of Science in psychology:

  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • PSY 2010: Disciplines and Practices in Psychology

You will build research intensive knowledge and skills by taking the following courses:

  • PSY 2050: Foundations of Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSY 3060: Applications of Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSY 4010: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods

You will take six additional elective credit hours in any 3000- or 4000-level courses in psychology.


B.S. in Psychology Checklist

Minor

In addition to the gateway courses above, the following courses are required if you pursue a minor in psychology:

PSY 1010: General Psychology
Three elective credit hours in a 3000- or 4000-level course (cannot be PSY 2010 Disciplines and Practices in Psychology, PSY 4790: Research Practicum, or PSY 4800: Research Experience, or capstone courses PSY 4870, PSY 4880, or PSY 4900.)

Minor in Psychology Checklist

Internships and Careers

An undergraduate degree in psychology can prepare you to continue your studies as a graduate student with plans to become a psychologist, a profession that requires a Ph.D.

SLU graduates have also used their psychology degree as pre-professional training to go on to the fields of medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, education or law. Your strengths in understanding and reasoning about human behavior will also prepare you for entry-level positions in many additional fields.


Faculty

SLU’s 27 psychology faculty members hold the highest degree possible in their fields and teach courses in clinical, social and developmental psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience and industrial and organizational psychology.

They conduct and publish research with graduate and undergraduate students and are nationally known for their contributions to psychology and related fields.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Psychology

To pursue a minor in psychology at SLU, you must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in psychology including “PSY 1010: General Psychology,” as well as one course from each of the four gateway areas of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and applied psychology, plus three elective credit hours in psychology.

Minor in Psychology Checklist


On-Campus Resources

Human and Organizational Behavior

SLU’s psychology department operates the Center for the Application of Behavioral Sciences and the Psychological Services Center. The first studies human resources and behavioral science to help organizations structure themselves for success, while the Psychological Services Center provides outpatient counseling, psychotherapy and psychological assessment.

Both centers give psychology students an opportunity to put their knowledge to good use and improve the lives of others.