B.A. vs. B.S. degree in Psychology

Two distinct degree programs are offered in Psychology, the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree. These programs are distinguished by the proportion of courses taken in the major field. For the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, students take a comparatively smaller number of courses to fulfill the major-field requirements, plus a selection of courses in various fields outside the major. For the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, the student takes a more extensive concentration in the major field, along with designated courses in math and science, and a proportionately smaller number of courses outside the major. 

The Bachelor of Science in psychology is intended to facilitate advanced graduate study in psychology and related fields. The program offers broad scientific training with a concentration in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience; Developmental; Social; or Clinical and Behavioral Health. The program may also be attractive to students who are preparing for careers in medicine or related health fields because it combines the mathematics and natural science courses required for professional study in these fields with exposure to ethics and a specialization in a concentration area such as clinical psychology.  Progression through the program is best served through early commitment. Note that collateral requirements and courses required for the B.S. major in psychology can only be used to fulfill one college distribution requirement. Most B.S. psychology majors apply the relevant courses in their major program to the college natural science requirement.