Undergraduate Program Psychology

PSU psychology student working with a client

Psychology Bachelor's Degree or Overview

With a bachelor's degree or minor in psychology from PSU, you'll discover the fundamental principles underlying the human mind, behavior and social relationships, and gain new insights about how to enhance lives and create effective solutions to address societal problems.

PSU's program prepares you to use psychological theories and research to better understand current events, contribute to informed decision-making about societal and political matters, and help humanize societal institutions such as education, healthcare, criminal justice and the workplace.

We remain the most popular major and minor at Portland State, and it's no surprise why. We offer:

  • Flexibility to tailor the program to your interests and graduate in a timely fashion
  • Coursework that is research-based, community-engaged and personally relevant
  • Engaging electives on topics such as counseling, child development, neuroscience, social relationships, health psychology and human diversity
  • Opportunities to work with faculty on applied research projects

No matter what career you choose, psychology is relevant to anyone who intends to understand, relate to, live with, work with, or raise other people — that is, everyone.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Any
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Any
  • m
    Minor
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    28
    Start Term
    Any

Psychology Bachelor's Degree or Minor: Why PSU?

In psychology, we pride ourselves on excellence in teaching, research and outreach.

As PSU's largest major, we offer a broad nationally aligned curriculum. Our program has great flexibility, with only three required Psychology courses that are offered multiple times per quarter, and as many as 20 to 25 electives for you to choose from each term. This allows you to complete your degree on time, while also tailoring your coursework to fit your interests.

If you'd like to focus on specific areas and applications of psychology, we offer pathways and concentrations in education, community psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, research methods, neuroscience, and social psychology.

You'll also benefit from our two professional academic advisors, who will ensure you have the support you need to succeed.

Our award-winning faculty collaborate with community partners to conduct research that contributes to the development of cutting-edge theories, applied solutions and interventions, and evidence-based policies and practices in a variety of areas — and each bring their own research and practice to your classes. They favor student-centered teaching, active project-based learning, and making connections to current events and students’ lives.

You'll have opportunities to work closely with faculty and other students as teaching assistants or peer advisors, and in clubs, community outreach, or faculty research.

Our student clubs, including Portland State's chapter of Psi Chi, the nation's largest psychology honorary society, the Neuroscience Club, and the Future Leaders in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, are open to all students and provide you with great learning and networking opportunities.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree or minor in Psychology?

Your background in psychology will show you how to understand how people function as individuals, in relationships and in groups. A bachelor's degree in psychology from PSU provides you with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Behavioral health services
  • Program development in local, state and federal government
  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Advertising

An undergraduate degree in psychology also prepares you for graduate studies in the field where you will delve more into research, clinical practice, education and health care. Our students have gone on to earn graduate degrees from:

  • Stanford
  • Notre Dame
  • Michigan State
  • UCLA
  • Lewis & Clark

Featured Courses

  • PSY 310 Psychology of Women
  • PSY 311 Human Development
  • PSY 315 Careers in Psychology
  • PSY 321 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 342 Social Psychology: Self, Attitudes, and Social Influence
  • PSY 343 Social Psychology: Social Relationships and Groups
  • PSY 345 Motivation
  • PSY 348 Cognition
  • PSY 350 Counseling
  • PSY 361 Industrial Psychology
  • PSY 362 Organizational Psychology

Electives

  • PSY 429 The Psychology of Race & Gender in Sports
  • PSY 431 Psychology of Men and Masculinities
  • PSY 432 Personality
  • PSY 434 Introduction to Psychopathology
  • PSY 448 Psychology of Work Motivation
  • PSY 451 Introduction to Neurophysiological Psychology
  • PSY 459 Infant Development
  • PSY 460 Child Psychology
  • PSY 461 Psychology of Adolescence and Early Maturity
  • PSY 471 Health Psychology
  • PSY 480 Community Psychology: Empowerment, Action, and Social Change
  • PSY 495 Psychological Measurement
  • PSY 497 Applied Survey Research
  • PSY 410 Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSY 410 Intergroup Relations, Prejudice, and Diversity
  • PSY 410 Diversity in the Workplace
  • PSY 410 Development and Education of Immigrant Children & Youth
  • PSY 410 Development and Education of African-American Children and Youth
  • PSY 410 Psychology of Stigma & Social Inequality

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).