Western Kentucky University

Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Programs

B.S. in Psychological Science 

The program is designed for students who are interested in a science-oriented psychology degree that will prepare them for graduate study in psychology or a related field (e.g., medical school, pharmacy, physical therapy) or for employment in jobs where strong quantitative and research skills are required. 

Because psychology is the science of behavior, psychological science students learn a great deal about working effectively with other people, but they also learn to think logically and rationally. An undergraduate degree in psychology provides excellent training for the kinds of skills that employers and graduate schools seek, especially skills like critical thinking, understanding behavior, working effectively in diverse organizations, and using and interpreting data. And really, what could be more fascinating than studying human behavior?!

Our major achieves the five learning goals established by the American Psychological Association:

  1. Students acquire a strong knowledge base in the major concepts and findings in psychology.
  2. Students develop basic skills in scientific reasoning, problem solving, and psychological research.
  3. Students acquire the knowledge they need to become ethically and socially responsible in personal and professional settings. 
  4. Students develop proficiency in oral and written communication skills.
  5. Students develop professional skills that help prepare them for employment, graduate, or professional school. 

The Psychological Science major requires a minimum of 37 credit hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor or second major is required.

A change of major can be completed online from TopNet. To locate this form on Topnet, go to Student Services, Student Records and the Change form will be the second option on that screen. 

Major Requirements 

Students may choose from one of six thematic concentrations or they may design an individualized concentration that best fits their interests (subject to approval by their advisor).

  • Applied Psychological ScienceThis concentration applies principles of psychological science to increase performance effectiveness and solve problems in business, sports, or human engineering domains. 
  • Biobehavioral Psychology: This concentration emphasizes the scientific study of the neural and brain mechanisms that enable mind, consciousness, and behavior. 
  • Clinical Psychological ScienceThis concentration focuses on mechanisms and etiologies of psychological health and dysfunction.
  • Cognitive Psychology: This concentration emphasizes the scientific study of mental processes such as attention, perception, memory, problem-solving, thinking, and language use.
  • Developmental Science: This concentration addresses the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, perceptual, and personality growth of humans throughout the lifespan.
  • Social PsychologyThis concentration emphasizes the study of how social situations affect behavior. 
  • Design own concentration: This concentration is an individualized concentration that best fits a student's interests (subject to approval by their advisor).

See Concentration Requirements                                                                                                                                             

*Please note that some course numbers will remain the same through the Fall 2014 semester. All remaining changes in course numbers will take effect for Winter 2014. See Course Number Comparison Chart.

Core Requirements

For all concentrations, students will complete a required course of study totaling 37 credit hours that includes courses from the following components 

  • Foundations of Psychology (15 hours)
  • Research Methods and Statistics (7 hours)
  • Capstone (3 hours) 
  • Concentration (12 hours) 

Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA both overall and in the major. Either (1) MATH 116 and MATH 117 or (2) MATH 118 or higher is required. MATH 183 is recommended. 

 Last Modified 7/29/14