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: 

Descriptions of Psychological Sciences and Brain and Behavioral Sciences Majors
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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 advanced 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 and provides excellent preparation for graduate and professional programs. This program is often chosen by students interested in careers as therapists or in other human services areas, or by students who plan careers in other areas of psychology, business, or health.
Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Brain and Behavioral Sciences

The Brain and Behavioral Sciences Major is designed to appeal to students with particular interests in behavioral neuroscience (the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behavior), cognitive psychology (memory, thinking, and reasoning), or   statistical and mathematical approaches to psychology. The Brain and Behavioral Sciences major requires additional natural and informational sciences courses, as well as selected advanced courses in psychology, while still providing space for courses in other areas of interest. This program is often selected by students interested in pursuing graduate or professional programs in science or medicine as well as students who plan careers in psychology, health or business.

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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