Psychology (B.S./B.A.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • Clemson offers a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
  • A practicum course enables interested students to gain preparatory clinical and counseling experience at local hospitals and crisis centers.
  • Students can work closely with faculty and graduate students on a variety of real-world research projects.
  • Each year, several undergraduates' co-authored papers are presented at regional, national or international psychology conferences.
ABOUT.

Enhance your understanding of the factors that influence human behavior. As a psychology major, you will be prepared for a career in human services, management, education, health, sports or many other fields that require an in-depth understanding of human behavior. Our program is empirically based, so you will spend your time focused on research studies exploring mind, behavior and the links between them. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. While both prepare you for post graduate studies and careers, the Bachelor of Arts includes foreign language classes, whereas the Bachelor of Science degree requires additional math and science courses. If your goal is to develop a set of knowledge, skills and abilities that allow you to understand and solve human problems, then this is the major for you.

CLASSES.

What you'll study:

Course work provides students with an overview of the biological bases of behavior, learning, thinking, motivation and emotion, perception, human development and social behavior. You will gain experience in research design, data collection and statistical analysis of empirical data that answer real questions about behavior. Your course of study will apply these principles to disciplines such as education, personal adjustment and interpersonal relations. You will also learn how to use experimentation and data analysis to conduct research and broaden your understanding of the various causes of human behavior.

Research is a significant component of our program, and you’ll have numerous opportunities to assist a faculty member’s research efforts or complete an independent project under guidance of a faculty member. In addition, many Honors College students complete an undergraduate thesis. Obtaining research experience is highly recommended for anyone who wants to continue on to graduate or professional school.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Management

Similar Majors:

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

Psychology students are an active bunch. Not only do they get to study fascinating material in class, they also get to work in the lab, conduct innovative research alongside faculty members and participate in psychology studies (and sometimes even get paid for it)!

Internships and Research Projects:

HUMAN FACTORS:
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society focuses on human behavior and performance in a variety of contexts. Join fellow majors and faculty in studying, for instance, how does the use of portable electronics impact driving behavior?

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

30%

Employed

49%

Grad School

17%

Seeking Employment

4%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

    Target — Executive Team Leader
    South Carolina Early Autism Project — Lead Therapist
    U.S. Fulbright Student Program — English Teaching Assistantship

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

    University of Chicago — Master’s, Psychology
    University of Tennessee — Ph.D., Experimental Psychology
    Georgia Health Sciences University — Occupational Therapy

Common Career Areas**

  • Human Services
    • Direct Care: 
      • Mental Health Services
      • Physical Health and Wellness
    • Administration: 
      • Advocacy
      • Community Relations
  • Research
    • Social Research
    • Market Research
    • Data Analysis
  • Education
    • Teaching
    • Student Affairs
    • Administration
    • Training
  • Human Resources
    • Employment and Recruitment
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Organizational Development
    • Training
  • Business and Industry
    • Sales
    • Customer Service
    • Management
    • Insurance 
    • Real Estate 
    • Public Relations
*Represents 95 of 334 Clemson psychology graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2010 to 2012.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
FIND OUT MORE.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Cynthia Pury, Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
864-656-7876 — cpury@clemson.edu