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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 majors bs imagePsychology Major, B.S.

47 credits

(credit hours shown in parentheses)

Each of the following:

  • Writing for Psychology (1)
  • Introduction to Psychology* (3)
  • Cognition (3)
  • Life Span Development (3)
  • Social Psychology (3)
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology (3)
  • Introduction to Social Research (3)
  • Biological Basis of Behavior (3)
  • Sensation and Perception (3)
  • Experimental Psychology (3)
  • History and Systems of Psychology (3)
  • Psychology Seminar (3)
  • Human Biology* (4)

One of the following:

  • Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • Counseling Theories (3)
  • Personality (3)

Six additional PSY elective credits

*Also meets general education requirements


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.

Recommended course sequence Psychology B.S.

How to Apply

To apply for admission to Messiah University, 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.


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