Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
Bachelor of Science
Psychology Degree Program Overview
Psychologists study human behavior with an emphasis on improving the human condition. Psychologists can specialize in disciplines such as neuroscience, educational, clinical, industrial, organizational, developmental or sports psychology.
As a student in Purdue University Northwest’s psychology degree program, you’ll prepare for entry-level social science work or application to study at the graduate level.
You’ll have opportunities to assist faculty in research or have faculty mentor you in your areas of interest. Internships provide ways to practice your skills and build your professional network.
The expertise of our faculty includes neuroscience as well as clinical, developmental, experimental and cognitive psychology.
Psychology Major Curriculum
You’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences core courses and psychology courses.
Psychology core classes consist of 30 credits that introduce you to psychology research methods, statistics and ethics, as well as how we understand learning, memory, brain and behavior. You’ll also study social, abnormal and development psychology and complete a capstone senior research project or an internship.
You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus or Westville branch campus.
Explore an overview of psychology as a science, a first-year experience course and an introduction to the use of statistics in the field.
- ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
- PSY 10300 – Psychology First Year Experience
- MA 15300 – College Algebra
Expand your understanding of research methods in psychology as well as theories of abnormal behavior, human memory and learning.
- COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
- PSY 20300 – Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology
- PSY 20401 – Learning And Memory
Investigate ethical issues and explore additional specialties in the field, such as social psychology and developmental psychology.
- PSY 32500 – Professional And Ethical Issues In Psychology
- PSY 24000 – Introduction To Social Psychology
Focus on areas of psychology that interest you as you choose electives while completing your senior research and/or your internship.
- PSY 49200 – Internship In Psychology
- PSY 49800 – Senior Research
Psychology Degree Program Highlights
This program includes plenty of research and mentorship opportunities as well as internships in the field. Our esteemed faculty are passionate educators with a wealth of knowledge in their areas of expertise.
Psychology Degree Program Outcomes
Graduates of this program can work in entry-level social science jobs, such as case manager.
Many Psychology majors intend to help people by providing therapy or conducting research to improve the human condition. Most of these careers require a graduate degree, and our program is an ideal way to prepare for further studies.
Psychology Degree Program Career Paths
- Family Development Specialist
- Admissions Counselor
- Crisis Intervention Counselor
- Community Advocacy Coordinator
- Market Research Analyst
Psychology Degree Program Beyond the Classroom
You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, including:
- Psychology Club
- Paid positions as a research assistant and/or as a supplemental instructor conducting study sessions
Psychology Degree Program Employers
- Regional Health Systems
- Lake County Juvenile Detention Center
- Indiana Department of Child Services
- Access Abilities, Inc.
Psychology Degree Program Accreditation
PNW adheres to the guidelines of the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs in psychology.
With PNW being a smaller university, you can spread your roots and do what you’re passionate about.
Psychology is so broad… There are so many career paths you can take and I liked the flexibility of being able to change my path if I want to.
PNW helps me Power Onward with the amount of help available at the university, whether it be clubs, tutoring options, or one-on-one time with professors.
My education at PNW has taught me how to work independently.
Meet the Faculty
John Michael Spores, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Psychology
Primarily teach statistics and research methods, along with many clinically applied courses such as psychotherapy, personality psychology, and abnormal psychology.
Kimberly L. Brunt, Ph.D., H.S.P.P.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Brunt is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychology Internship Coordinator in Westville. Dr. Brunt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who sees patients at AOBHC in Munster, IN
Associate Professor of Psychology
Robert Hallock is an assistant professor of psychology. His teaching focuses on the intersection of biology and behavior and his research focuses on sensation and perception, as well as undergraduate drug use.
Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at PNW
Purdue University Northwest’s psychology degree program is designed to provide you with the skills to study cognitive, emotional and social processes for a successful career in a variety of fields.
To see how a bachelor’s degree in psychology from PNW opens doors, from nonprofits to health care, take the next step today!