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Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Psychology


Our B.S. in Psychology is designed for students who intend to work in a field that has a stronger emphasis on science or math or for those who wish to purse graduate studies that lean more toward research and the sciences. In addition to the same core courses required for the B.A., students pursuing the B.S. degree must also take Cognition, Biological Basis of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, and Experimental Psychology, courses that are more directly related to science than some other courses in the curriculum.



Psychology Major, B.S.

Introduction to Social Research (3)

Introduction to Psychology* (3)

Life Span Development (3)

Statistical Methods in Psychology (3)

Principles of Sociology (3)


Each of the following:

Cognition (3)

Biological Basis of Behavior (3)

Sensation and Perception (3)


One of the following:

Abnormal Psychology (3)

Counseling Theories (3)

Personality (3)


Each of the following:

Experimental Psychology (3)

History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Psychology Seminar (3)

Human Biology (4)*

Introductory Statistics (3)*

*Also meets general education requirements


Six additional PSY elective credits


For a printable version of the curriculum requirements and the types of courses you would be taking as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, visit our Online Course Catalog.

(Course catalog and major brochure include PDF files. Click here for the Adobe® PDF Reader®)


Recommended course sequence Psychology B.S.


Contact Dr. John Bechtold; Department Chair
(717) 796-1800, ext. 7023


How to Apply
To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.


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