Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Programs Overview

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Psychology involves the scientific investigation into the mental and physiological processes, as well as the social and situational factors, underlying the behaviors of human and non-human animals. Insights from these investigations contribute to new knowledge and understanding, and may be used to solve important problems. Experts in the field of psychology may have undergraduate degrees (A.A., B.A., or B.S.) or graduate degrees (M.A., M.S., Psy.D., or Ph.D.) and may pursue careers in diverse areas including advertising, business, conflict resolution, consulting, counseling/therapy, criminal justice, education, engineering, health, human resources, marketing, media, military science, politics, public service, rehabilitation, social and behavioral science, social policy, sports, teaching, and others.

Students pursuing undergraduate degrees at Wright State University can earn the Associate of Arts (A.A., Lake Campus only), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.

Both B.A. and B.S. programs give the student a broad introduction to contemporary psychology and provide a sound basis for advanced study at the graduate level in psychology and other related fields. The Department also offers a minor in psychology for students in other majors.

For those students interested in a more rigorous academic experience, consider pursuing a concentration in psychology (requires an application for admission + 3.2 GPA).

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) students may choose among 3 concentrations in:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience – Examines physiological & neurological influences on attitudes, cognition, & behavior
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Applies psychology to workplace and organizational dynamics
  • Cognition and Perception – Applies psychology to human performance, decision making, and effectiveness

B.S. psychology majors with ambitions for medical school may also elect to pursue a pre-med plan of study.

Admission Requirements

  • Earn at least a 2.25 Grade Point Average (GPA) overall, and a 2.25 GPA in psychology (based on at least 2 psychology courses, including transfer courses).
  • Obtain at least 20 semester credits overall (this includes PSY credits + credits from non-PSY coursework from Wright State or from other institutions).

Transfer Students

Students who are transferring to Wright State from another institution must meet all the requirements of the major of psychology, the College of Science and Mathematics and Wright State University Requirements.

The degree audit for transferring students must be updated by the CoSM Student Service Office before it is correct. Once the degree audit is updated, it will appear on WINGS Express as "advisor reviewed." If the advisor reviewed degree audit is not available, please visit the CoSM Student Service Office in 106 Oelman Hall, or call 937-775-3180, for a request.

B.A. vs. B.S. Degree

What course differences exist between the B.A. and B.S. degrees at Wright State?

Algebra Requirements

  • B.A.: MTH 1260 Intermediate Algebra (or score of 4 on WSU Math Placement Test)
  • B.S.: MTH 1280 College Algebra (or score of 5 on WSU Math Placement Test)

Additional Course Requirements

  • B.A.: Complete 18 credit hours (about 6 courses) in coursework from any the following colleges: Liberal Arts, Education, Business, Creative Arts, and Human Services
  • B.S.: PSY 3X30 (Select Topics in Research Methods), PSY 4010 (Advanced Topics in Research Methods), PSY 4020 (Advanced Experimental Design, or CS 1160 - Introduction to Computer Programming)

General Elective Requirements

  • B.A.: Complete 14 credit hours in coursework from from ANY college
    B.S.: Complete 23 credit hours in coursework from from ANY college

What's similar between the B.A. and B.S. degrees at Wright State?

  • GPA admission requirements (Psych GPA 2.25 / overall GPA 2.25)
  • Credit hour admission requirements (20 semester hours)
  • Graduation credit hour requirements (120 semester hours)
  • Wright State Core (General Education) credit hour requirements (38 semester hours)
  • Introduction to Psychology, Psychology Core Courses (Pick 6), Research Methods in Psychology I & II, Psychology Capstone courses (Pick 2), and Psychology Electives (B.A., pick 4 / B.S., pick 3)

Registration and Advisor Information

Find information on how to register, waitlists, finding your advisor, and more on the Student Success Center website.

Contact Information

For more information about the undergraduate program in psychology, contact the Psychology Department in 335 Fawcett Hall at 937-775-2391.