Psychology Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

About Psychology

Delve into the fascinating science of the mind with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Gain scientific insight into the feelings, behaviors and thoughts that permeate our lives. A bachelor's degree in psychology from California University of Pennsylvania trains you in the theories and practices of general psychology - focusing on normal and abnormal human and animal behaviors - while giving you a broad background in undergraduate liberal arts. 

This career-oriented degree program teaches you how to apply the scientific method to human problems, preparing you to excel in a wide variety of jobs and graduate study.

Discover Cal U's experiential approach to education.

  • Engage in psychology research projects and on-site psychological observations.  
  • Participate in psychology internships in medical and research facilities, HR departments, zoological institutions and more.

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.


Specialization: Cal U encourages psychology students to take five courses in the area that interests them most: clinical/counseling, social/applied, educational/school psychology or cognitive/experimental. 

Flexibility: This degree program can accommodate both full- and part-time students, students with or without professional experience, and incoming freshmen and transfer students.

School Psychology Clinic: Cal U's Psychology Department operates a clinic that offers psychological testing services to evaluate behavioral or learning issues, assist with career exploration, assess kindergarten readiness and more. Services are available to the public and to Cal U students and employees. Learn about the School Psychology Clinic.


Of Cal U psychology program graduates since 2013 are in jobs or enrolled in graduate school. Fifty-one percent went directly into employment and 49% pursued master's degree programs.
Areas of specialization are offered within the psychology curriculum so students can hone their expertise.
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Degree Benefits

Psychology degree courses will develop your ethical decision-making, critical thinking and empathy skills. Knowledge obtained in psychology classes can improve relationships, increase self-awareness and strengthen social skills. You will also gain valuable instruction in:

  • Statistical techniques used in psychology.

  • Stress management techniques and how to create stress management programs.

  • Conducting  psychological research, including institutional review board approval, data collection and the interpretation of results.

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Graduate Outcomes

A bachelor's degree in psychology from Cal U prepares you for advanced training in psychology, and graduate study in law, medicine or business. Program graduates also find immediate jobs in mental health settings, group homes, hospitals and other helping institutions. Alumni employers include:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services.
  • Try Again Homes.
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Psychology - Bachelor of Science Degree
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Alumni Success Story #1

Meet Becky S. Karluk. After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counselor education from Cal U, Becky became a guidance counselor with the Central Greene School District in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, where she is responsible for 600 students, all student records and all state and achievement testing.

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Alumni Success Story #2

Meet Megan Little who went on to Thomas Cooley Law School of Western Michigan University. She worked in the Public Defender's office of the Westmoreland County Courthouse before becoming a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Christopher A. Feliciani. In this position, attorney Little assists the judge in making legal determinations and gathering research.

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Psychology Club + Psi Chi

Meet other students interested in psychology, hear speakers from various community agencies that involve psychological services, and learn about ongoing psychology research by joining Cal U's Psychology Club. And if you maintain a high GPA, you will be invited to join Psi Chi - the international honor society for psychology students that offers networking opportunities, service projects, academic prestige and more.

Psychology Bachelor of Science Degree Courses

This professional bachelor's degree program focuses on the study and explanation of patterns of individual behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Courses emphasize strong foundations in the scientific methods of psychology, as well as the liberal arts.

Example Courses
  • Inferential Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender Roles
  • Psychology of Stress Management
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology

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  • Psychology Minor:
    Cal U also offers a 21-credit minor in psychology for any undergraduate interested in a systematic study of behavior and mental processes. Courses include PSY100 General Psychology, PSY220 Descriptive Statistics in Psychology, and five elective classes in psychology (two at the 200 level and three at the 300 or 400 level).

Psychology Faculty

Dr. Holiday Adair

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Dr. Angela Bloomquist

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Dr. Rueben Brock
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Carrie Elkin
Associate Professor

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Dr. Justin Hackett
Associate Professor

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Dana Keener
Assistant Professor

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Tamare Piersaint
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Rebecca Regeth

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Dr. Kristen Schaffner
Assistant Professor

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