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Psychology major/Minor (B.S.)

Program Description

Psychologists study human and animal behavior, seeking to understand how people and nonhuman animals function in their environments: through this, a psychologist ultimately wants to understand, predict, and resolve behavioral and psychological problems. If you are interested in how the mind works and functions in an effort to help people achieve and maintain mental health, consider studying psychology at the University of Utah.

The Psychology curriculum includes coursework in the following topics: psychology as a science and profession, cognition and behavior neuroscience, intergroup relations, development in infancy, emotions, human performance, personality, sexuality, health, among others. Through coursework, and hands-on experience through research, internships, peer advising, and/or teaching assisting, you will gain the knowledge base and critical thinking skills you need for success in post-college careers or graduate school.

The Student Experience

There are multiple ways to design your major to your interests in the psychology program. Students are encouraged to participate in experiential learning through independent and/or faculty-mentored projects as an undergrad. Options include research, internships, peer advising, or teaching assisting. Options for student organizations, which allow networking, leadership, and volunteer experience, are the Psychology Clubs and/or Psi Chi, the international psychology honor society in Salt Lake City, and etc. 

Career Opportunities

Psychology students graduate with transferrable skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, writing, and problem solving, which will equip graduates for a number of careers. The majority of psychology graduates with a bachelors degree will enter into fields of education or human services, such as case managers, psychiatric technicians, coordinators, or teaching. However, there are additional pathways to careers in psychology such as human resources, industrial psychology, governmental careers, or management.

Students who continue their education at the graduate level can become certified psychologists, counselors, therapists, and advisors, providing direct care to people with mental health needs. Careers in research and higher education are also possible for students with a master’s or PhD in the field.


Psychology Major (B.S.)

Department of Psychology

  • The Psychology Major requires an average of 12-13 Psychology courses.
  • The major begins with General Psychology and Psychology as a Science and Profession. Students are given a significant amount of flexibility to take courses that match their interests and goals.
  • To apply for the Psychology Major, students must make appointment with the Advising Office or apply online.
  • To Declare Psychology Major Status, you must complete PSY 1010, PSY 2010, 10 credit hours at the U & have a 2.8 GPA or above. 

Required Courses


Complete at least 2 creditsfrom the following types of courses:

Choose from among all psychology undergraduate course offerings to complete the 41 credit-hour requirement. This includes 4000-level Internships, Research Experience, Teaching Assisting and Peer Advising. Up to 6 hours of these classes can count toward the 41 credit-hour requirement.


Allied Hours

Complete 12 credit hours of which 6 must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or above); waived with completion of a second major or minor. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.



  • For your catalog year under Degree Dashboard, take a look at the major requirements below.

  year 2017-2018   year 2018-2019


Psychology Minor

**Minimum Minor Hours: 16

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 16 hours in PSY courses are required and a minimum of 8 of these need to be upper-division.
  • 6 hours must be taken at the U of U and 3 of those hours must be upper-division.
  • In order to apply, students must visit with an undergraduate advisor or apply online.  Requirements to declare include completion of at least 10 credits at the U of U, a 2.8 cumulative GPA at the time of declaration, and completion of PSY 1010: General Psychology with a grade of C or better.
  • All courses must be completed with a C or better.

Click HERE for the Learning Outcomes

Minor Required Courses

*Note on PSY 3000: Statistical Methods in Psychology:

The following courses can be substituted to waive PSY 3000: SOC 3112, FCS 3210, ECON 3640, MATH 3070 and ED PS 6010.  However, additional Psychology electives must be added to meet the minimum 16 psychology hours.  Please see a Psychology Undergraduate Advisor if you are planning on using a statistics course from a department other than Psychology.


Choose from among all psychology undergraduate course offerings to complete the 16 credit-hour requirement. This includes 4000-level Internships, Research Experience and Teaching Assisting. Up to 2 hours of these classes can count toward the 16 credit-hour requirement.

Last Updated: 9/24/20