Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Majors

Find out what makes people tick. Explore the human brain and mind. Get ready for graduate school. A major in the Department of Psychological Sciences prepares you to MAKE LIVES BETTER.

Two majors are available at Purdue for undergraduate students interested in psychology: 

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Psychological Sciences

The Psychological Sciences Major provides a broad foundation in psychology, but also provides maximum flexibility in psychology course selection. Students learn about applied and basic aspects of psychology as well as have a chance to take advance courses that give an authentic experience in diverse areas of psychology. This major leaves plenty of space for additional courses in other areas of interest or even allows a minor or double major. This program is often chosen by students interested in careers as therapists or in other human services areas, or by students who plan careers that require only a Bachelor's degree.
Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Brain and Behavioral Sciences

The Brain and Behavioral Sciences Major is designed for students aspiring to graduate school in psychology or other careers which require graduate school such as medicine, neuroscience, biology, Artificial Intelligence, or robotics. It has more required courses and additional natural and informational sciences courses (45 credit hrs) that help students prepare for graduate study. This program is popular with students who want careers in medicine.

Both majors consist of 120 total credit hours, including 14 psychology courses, that build skills in other important areas, and elective courses. 

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