undergraduate program

overview // bachelor's degree


The Department of Psychology offers a dynamic major, minor and certificate in Human Factors to undergraduate students. Our course work includes introductory courses in general psychology, psychology as a profession, statistical and research methods, and spans topics from love to drugs and behavior. Our diverse award-winning faculty are all active researchers in areas such as texting while driving, physical health and its effects on mental health, sexual attraction, gender issues and persuasion.

Psychology undergrads can do so much more than just classes. Students have the opportunity actively engage in research as research assistants or interns at local mental and behavioral health agencies. We also offer opportunities as teaching assistants, academic peer advisors, and members of our Student Advisory Group and local Psi Chi honor society chapter.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand psychology as a science of human and non-human behavior, including cognition and emotions, as well as to gain an understanding of human behavior in broad perspective, including physiological and socio-cultural factors that affect human behavior
  • understand sub-fields within psychology (developmental, personality, social, cognitive, neuroscience, health, clinical), with an emphasis on both social-contextual and physiological processes
  • understand the methods used in psychological research
  • understand the critical role of theory in psychological research
  • understand some of the basic applications of psychology to real-world problems, both clinical and non-clinical
  • write effectively about psychological issues, making well-organized arguments supported by relevant evidence

psychology major

The Psychology major is comprised of 12 courses including General Psychology and Psychology as a Science & Profession. Students are given a significant amount of flexibility to take courses which fit their interests and goals to complete the major. More information regarding the psychology major can be found in the Major Handbook. For course curriculum requirements, see the full major checklist.

psychology minor

The psychology minor requires 16 credit hours, or about five classes on average. Students who are interested in integrating a few Psychology courses into their major are encouraged to pursue a minor. Download the Minor Checklist for more information about curriculum requirements.

honors track

The Psychology Department is pleased to announce a new Departmental Honors track in Psychology. This new program will allow psychology majors to participate more fully in the offerings of the Honors College and to earn official departmental honors in psychology.
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human factors certificate

The Human Factors Certificate is a 20 credit hour, open certificate available to all majors, including Psychology. The main purpose of Human Factors is to improve human interactions with equipment, software, and other people in ways that enhance performance, increase safety, and improve user satisfaction. The certificate can also easily fit within a psychology major. Visit the Human Factors Certificate page for more information.
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Interested in psychology?

Here's how U declare.

step 1 - fulfill requirements for desired area

  • For Psychology Major - Major Checklist
    Take Psychology 1010 (or transfer credit or related AP score of 4 or better may apply), Psychology 2010 (also available as transfer from some Utah schools,), and complete 10 credit hours here at the U and obtain a U of U GPA of 2.8 or above.
  • For Psychology Minor - Minor Checklist
    Complete Psychology 1010, 10 credit hours at the U of U and obtain a U of U GPA of 2.8 or above
  • For Human Factors Certificate - Certificate Requirements
    Complete Psychology 1010, 10 credit hours at the U of U and obtain a U of U GPA of 2.8 or above

step 2 - apply online

This page was produced by the Psychology Advising Center, your undergraduate advising resource. Visit the Psychology Advising Center page for more information and tools to guide your undergraduate career.
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