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Psychological Science

Bachelor of Science

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Psychologists explore behavior and mental processes. They employ scientific methods to diagnose and treat individuals with behavioral problems and conduct research on principles of behavior. Psychologists work primarily in research, teaching, and counseling. Some counsel patients in clinics, hospitals, universities, schools, businesses, and industries. Others conduct research on humans and animals. The bachelor of science gives a strong foundation in math and science and is intended for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies in the field. Most careers in psychology require advanced training, usually at the doctoral level. Students who wish to be psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, or social workers should plan to go to medical or graduate school.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
Foundation Mathematics 3
ENGL 101: First Semester Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
PSY: 230 Psychological Measurement and Statistics 3
ENGL 102: Second Semester Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Tier II General Education 3
Clinical Science 3
Tier I General Education 3
CHEM 151 OR PHYS 102 / 181 4
PSY 290A: Research Methods 3
4th Semester
CHEM 152 OR PHYS 103 / 182 4
PSY 300: Cognitive Neuroscience 3
Social-Personality Science 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
MCB 181R / 181L OR PSIO 201 4
Advanced Methods 3
PSY 400-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
ECOL 182R / 182L OR PSIO 202 4
Psychology Research 3
PSY 400-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Psychology Research 3
PSY 400-Level Elective 3
PSY 400-Level Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
8th Semester
Psychology Research 3
PSY 400-Level Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of math, science, human development and behavior, and research methods gained from a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science forms a valuable foundation for many careers. Graduates in Psychological Science can pursue careers in experimental or market research, clinical counseling, teaching, social work, and administration. Psychological Science is also excellent preparation for medical school and graduate study in social work, education, public health, and clinical, social, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology. Many of the career areas and job titles related to Psychological Science require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Outreach
  • Social services
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Program management/design

Sample Employers

  • Research organizations
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Social service organizations
  • Market research firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
School Psychologist $39,020 - $67,760
Clinical Psychologist $49,570 - $66,620
Mental Health Counselor $28,600 - $60,000
Social Worker $28,650 - $42,120
Grief Therapist $25,840 - $40,580
Market Research Analyst $15,080 - $60,800
Career Counselor $25,000 - $50,000
Personnel Specialist $39,250 - $52,800
Human Resources Recruiter $25,000 - $50,000
Statistician $44,310 - $79,290