What motivates our behavior? How do memory, language, and personality develop? What are psychological disorders—and how do we treat them?
These questions are central to psychology, a scientific field that explores topics ranging from social relationships to neuroscience. By studying psychological sciences, you’ll learn about human behavior, cognitive processes, and social interactions. You'll also develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills you need to thrive in today’s job market.
Psychology is one of the most popular areas of study at UConn. Approximately 1,500 students across all five UConn campuses major or minor in psychological sciences. Despite our size, UConn PSYC students have direct access to their professors through their classes, office hours, and research labs.
We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in psychological sciences.
Students pursuing both degree options explore the many exciting subfields within psychology and dive into specific topics that interest them most. They also have the flexibility to explore their interests and to take advantage of opportunities at a Research I university.
We offer two minor options:
- A minor in psychological sciences for majors in another department who want to explore coursework in psychology.
- A minor in neuroscience for students interested in the functions of the brain and cognitive processes, open to PSYC and non-PSYC majors.
Customize Your Education
Students majoring and minoring in psychological sciences frequently pair their degrees with other fields of study based on their interests and career goals.
PSYC students can enhance their education by getting involved in research, internships, study abroad, and other leadership positions.
Students have access to faculty, staff, and peer advisors to help them explore their options.
Resources for Prospective Undergraduate Students
The Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office has a team of staff, faculty, and peer advisors to help students navigate their degree options, plan for graduation, and explore careers. PSYC advisors also hold information sessions, workshops, and alumni events each semester to help students explore their professional options and prepare to land their first job. Learn more about Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office.
Psychological sciences students can gain research experience with their professors for course credit, with many serving as research assistants in faculty labs. Undergraduates can also develop independent research projects and present their findings under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Learn more about undergraduate research.
The Department of Psychological Sciences offers scholarships for undergraduate students each year. Students can also apply for scholarships that consider merit and financial need through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Psychological sciences students prepare for life after graduation by getting involved in research, internships, student organizations, study abroad, and other experiences outside the classroom. Learn more about how to get involved.
Jobs and Careers
UConn psychological sciences alumni work in virtually every industry you can think of. Many of our students continue their educations at some of the top graduate programs in the U.S. Learn more about careers for psychological sciences majors.