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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology

Psychology Major

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

 Psychology majors at the University of South Carolina have an option to pursue either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.  When deciding what psychology track to pursue, it is important to consider your goals after graduating from the University of South Carolina. 

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology provides preparation for students who are interested in more research-oriented graduate training (e.g. Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Quantitative Psychology) or health-related professional schools (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing).

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides preparation for students who are planning to go into practitioner-oriented graduate training (e.g., Counseling, Criminology, Social Work). The study of human behavior is also relevant to many professions, and this program provides groundwork for successful employment after graduation in human services, management, sales, student affairs or law enforcement.


Graduation from the University of South Carolina requires 120 hours of coursework.  Both degree tracks have the same number of major credit hours.

                                                                     B.S. Track                               B.A. Track

Psychology Core Prerequisites                   26 hours                                 26 hours

Humanities                                                    6 hours                                   12 hours

Math/Analytical Reasoning                         12 hours                                   6 hours

Psychology Electives                                    9 hours                                  12 hours

Advanced Psychology Lab                           3 hours                                       --


2014-2015 Degree Program