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The Psychology, BS degree offered at ASU’s West campus utilizes undergraduate research opportunities to study human behavior, neuroscience, brain function, memory, behavior analysis. Psychology graduates find careers in government organizations, social services, and as mental health professionals.

New College's psychology program utilizes unique undergraduate research opportunities to study human behavior, neuroscience and much more. For example, you can use motion tracking technology to research nonverbal cues when lying, and eye-tracking technology to understand emotions. With this degree, you can pursue careers in government, social services and the mental health fields.

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Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. This diverse field includes mental health and counseling as well as child development, neuroscience and brain function, memory and decision-making, behavior analysis, statistics and crosses into other disciplines such as medicine, law, business and economics.

Emphasizing critical thinking and reasoning, and quantitative research methods and writing, this BS program in psychology goes beyond the classroom with practical experiences through internships, service-learning and faculty-supervised research. (Some opportunities are not available to students enrolled in the degree offered through ASU Online.)

The Bachelor of Science degree differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree in that it requires two additional lab courses and advanced statistical training, providing a greater depth of knowledge in the biological and neuroscientific aspects of psychology that are increasingly important both for research and for clinical practice. The advanced statistical training further prepares students for careers and graduate training involving psychological research, clinical research and legal policy research.

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Psychology, BS

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Career outlook

Students are prepared for careers in:

  • government (sales and marketing, human resources management)
  • mental health professions (youth counselor, substance abuse counselor)
  • social services (high school psychology teacher, occupational analyst)

The degree also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in fields such as public administration, law, family studies, communication and the various graduate program fields in psychology:

  • clinical and counseling
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • developmental
  • environmental
  • experimental
  • physiological
  • social

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2%
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Counseling Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
School Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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