Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology majors learn how biological, cognitive, social and cultural factors interact to determine humans’ amazing capacities for complex behavior, emotions and thinking. Courses examine a wide array of topics, including brain mechanisms, memory and reasoning processes, child development, social interactions and mental health problems and their treatment.

The psychology program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences approaches the field from both scientific and practical perspectives. Students learn valuable skills in critical thinking, writing, research design and data analysis. Students also gain hands-on experience through field placements, research in professors’ labs and individualized study with faculty in specialized topics.

Careers in Psychology

Majors in psychology have a broad number of career options. The major prepares students for graduate study to become psychologists, counselors, professors, researchers, physicians, lawyers, social workers and business professionals. Graduates directly entering the work force find careers in social services, education and business.

The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Professional career counselors are available to help clarify career goals, provide strategies for mastering job interviews and writing professional cover letters and resumes, and help students connect with campus recruiters.

Psychology at UT Dallas

The Bachelor of Science in psychology requires 120 hours to graduate: 42 from the University’s core curriculum, 36 hours of psychology courses and 42 hours of electives.

The psychology minor requires 18 credit hours. The minor is well suited for students pursuing careers in social services, business, law, medicine and education.


Psychology juniors and seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to receive college credit for a volunteer internship in the community.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track program enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience, communication disorders, or human development and early childhood disorders. Students must have at least 90 credit hours and meet the graduate admission requirements to qualify.

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences is focused on the intersection of mind, brain and behavior. Through the school’s research-intensive culture, our professors and students work together to unravel mysteries that will improve human lives. They accomplish this by translating the latest research into treatments and sharing this knowledge through community outreach.