Psychology is the study of human behavior, cognition and emotion. Psychologists want to know how people perceive, learn, think and interact with others. The practice of psychology helps people improve learning, performance and mental health.
The Psychology major in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences approaches the field from a scientific perspective, emphasizing theories, research methods and findings in Psychology. Students will gain hands-on experience through research in professors’ labs, internship placements and individualized study with faculty of specialized topics.
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The BS in Psychology requires 120 credit hours. The Psychology minor requires 18 credit hours.
The UT Dallas undergraduate catalog provides an overview of the Psychology program, lists the major and minor requirements, and explains the fast-track program. The fast track program enables undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both UT Dallas bachelor and graduate degrees.
Students may select the Psychology BS degree plan or a BS plan that includes EC-6 teacher certification:
Students may also double major in Child Learning and Development and Psychology:
The University’s course look-up site will help you find specific classes and times to fit your degree plan and schedule. The CourseBook site links to syllabi, class evaluations, and textbooks for all UT Dallas courses. The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences' projected schedule of core classes will help you in your planning.
Visit with a Behavioral and Brain Sciences academic advisor to create a degree plan. Freshmen must visit with an advisor before registering. All other students should consult an advisor before registering each semester.
To learn more about the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Advising and Mentoring System, visit our advising website.
Undergraduate degrees in psychology prepare students for a number of career paths because a psychology major provides students with knowledge about human behavior, research methods and data analysis that is valuable in many occupations. Psychology is also a useful major for students planning careers in law, management, medicine or social work. Further study in graduate school can lead to professional careers as academic, clinical, counseling, industrial and other kinds of psychologists.
Psychology majors can learn about career options by attending BBS Roadmap Series events, visiting with qualified staff at the career center, and by taking the PSY 3100 Careers in Psychology course. Active participation and planning can make students more competitive for admissions to graduate school or entry into the job market.
Students can participate in one of four different internship opportunities for course credit.
We encourage students to begin participating in directed research experiences early in their academic career. Read more about these different types of Behavioral and Brain Sciences internships here.
Incoming freshman with high standardized test scores and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher should consider applying to Collegium V, a University-wide honors program.
Majors in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.4 or higher may apply to earn BBS School Honors.
This document provides a quick, printable overview of the program.
This site allows potential students an opportunity to learn about what matters most to them.
Students can learn more about how to fulfill this requirement here. All students (majors and non-majors) are required to earn two credits for each behavioral sciences core course in which they are enrolled (6 credits max per semester). This can be a great opportunity to learn more about Psychology research!
UT Dallas Psi Chi
An honors organization by invitation only.
Open to all students with interests in psychology.