Bachelor Of Arts (B.A.) / Bachelor Of Science (B.S.) In Psychology


The URI Psychology department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology. Each degree option exposes you to a range of specialized areas in the field and provides a foundation of core knowledge about human behavior. While both the B.A. and the B.S. programs prepare you for professional careers in psychology, the B.S. degree requires additional credits in the natural sciences and mathematics, more of a focus on research and statistics, and an area of specialization to more adequately prepare you for graduate school.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  • Focuses more on the social aspects of human behavior and psychological function
  • Curriculum includes fewer major-specific courses, more flexibility to study other disciplines
  • Encourages various avenues for experiential learning
  • Career and/or graduate study options include counseling psychology, social work, organizational psychology, developmental psychology

Goals & Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

  • Focuses more on scientific and methodological aspects of psychology
  • Curriculum has a greater emphasis on math, science and research methods
  • Includes required research experience, and allows focused course selection toward the goal of future specialization in: Child/School Psychology, Cognitive/Neuroscience, Health/Clinical Psychology, Social/Multicultural Psychology
  • Prepares you for doctoral programs in psychology and other social sciences, as well as medical school

Goals & Learning Outcomes