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The field of psychology is both science-driven and practice-oriented and our department offers hands-on experience in both areas.

Students interested in exploring the scientific aspects of psychology can work on ground-breaking research with faculty in diverse areas, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, memory and thinking, social relationships, mood disturbances, adult/child clinical disorders and health psychology.

Students interested in exploring the practice of psychology can become involved with both clinical practicum experiences and with peer teaching.

Psychology can help students better understand themselves and others. Knowledge and application-based experimental and clinical methods are powerful tools offered at WSU Tri-Cities that are useful in a variety of career choices.

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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mental processes that determine behavior. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to practical problems.

The major requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in psychology, at least 15 hours of which must be in 300- and 400-level courses. Students must take at least 10 credit hours of psychology in residence at Washington State University and must maintain at least a C average in psychology courses.

Students may certify as a major after earning 30 semester hours, completing PSYCH 311 Elementary Statistics in Psychology with a C- or better grade, and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

As early as possible in their academic career, students who are considering a psychology degree should seek consultation with a faculty advisor in the psychology department for assistance in planning their individual program.

Check out the WSU Catalog for major requirements.

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

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Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits, expand your perspective, and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

The minor in Psychology requires 18 credit hours in Psychology coursework and PSYCH 105 Introductory Psychology is required. At least 9 of these credit hours must be taken at WSU and at least 9 must be in graded, upper-division courses.

Psychology courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of the following courses:

  • PSYCH 445 Undergraduate Practicum
  • PSYCH 497 Instructional Practicum
  • PSYCH 498 Research Participation
  • PSYCH 499 Special Problems

See what other minors and certificates are available at WSU Tri-Cities.

Psychology majors develop critical thinking and writing skills that are translatable to a number of careers and the Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen your interview skills – all of which will help you land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office also posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees. They also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and a career opportunities for after graduation.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in Psychology.

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