Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science program is designed for the student who wishes to combine the psychology major with a strong subconcentration in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics. Optimal preparation for the B.S. program includes four years of high school mathematics and at least one course in the natural sciences. A bachelor of science in psychology is excellent preparation for careers or graduate studies in animal behavior, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, medicine, neuropsychology, perception, psychiatry, or veterinary medicine.

For a comparison between the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, please see our Comparison of the BA and BS degrees (pdf).

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in psychology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all psychology courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Psychology  38
      PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology
      PSYC 102. An Introduction to Biopsychology
      PSYC 201. Psychological Research: Methods and Statistics I
      PSYC 202. Psychological Research: Methods and Statistics II
      PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar)
      Three Social/Personality/Developmental electives
      Three Cognitive/Biological/Health electives
      Psychology elective
3
3
4
4
3
9
9
3
 Cognate Courses   15 or 16 
      BIO/BIOL 105. Fundamentals of Biological Science I
      BIO/BIOL 106. Fundamentals of Biological Science II
      One quantitative reasoning course
           MATH 151. Calculus I or higher
      One additional natural science (BIO, CHEM, PHYS, CS or MATH) course
           or one additional Cognitive/Biological/Health elective
4
4
4

3 or 4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
            CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
            CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
            CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
            CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
            CLAR 208. World Views
            CLAR 209. Art and Literature
            CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
            CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives   27 or 28 
 TOTAL  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Psychology B.S. majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the mathematics courses listed in the above table under Cognate Courses.

Psychology Electives

Departmental Comprehensive Requirement

To comply with University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must take the senior seminar. In this course students plan, conduct and write a senior thesis. The purposes of the thesis are to capstone undergraduate experiences and to provide a transition to post-baccalaureate life. The thesis is based on an empirical research project.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor. To see the title of a course, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC 101  3 PSYC 102 3
CLAR 101 3 BIO/BIOL 106  4
CLAR 110  3 CLAR 111 3
BIO/BIOL 105 4 Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 151 4
Gen. Elective/Foreign Language 201* 3 Gen. Elective/Foreign Language 202* 3
Total  16 Total  17
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ►  
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC 201  4 PSYC 202  4
PSYC Elective 3 PSYC Electives 6
General Elective 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 General Elective 3
Total  16 Total  16
       
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ►  
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC Electives 6 PSYC Electives 6
Core Area Course (CLAR/CLRL 302) 4 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Natural Science or CBH Elective** 3
General Elective 3
Total  16 Total  12
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ►  
 Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits 
PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar) 3 CLAR 401 2
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 General Electives 11
General Electives 6    
Total  15 Total  13

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** One additional natural science course (BIO, CHEM, PHYS, CS or MATH) or one additional course from the Cognitive/Behavioral/Health elective set.