Bachelor of Science in Psychology

UAB Department of Psychology students conduct research at the Civitan International Research Center.What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology?

A degree in psychology equips you with the critical thinking, communication, and quantitative skills that help you be successful in whatever career path you choose. So, the better question is “what can’t you do with a degree in psychology?”

Popular culture paints the picture of psychology with characters such as Dr. Phil and Sigmund Freud, but as the science of mind and behavior, psychology is much more than that. While some portions of the field are devoted to diagnosing and treating mental illness, psychologists have diverse specialties and work in a variety of settings. Psychology equips us with knowledge that can help make improvements in all aspects of our daily lives.

Psychologists help patients recover after stroke, keep pedestrians and motorists safer, employ neuroimaging to understand how emotions and traumatic memories affect the brain, and study the visual process. They figure out better treatments for conditions such as eating disorders, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, cancer survivorship, and sleep disorders.

You'll find psychologists helping companies like Google and Ford hire better employees, make advertising campaigns more appealing to their target audience, and create work environments that reduce stress and boost productivity. They serve as expert witnesses for attorneys and consultants in jury profiling. Many psychology students might not go directly into psychology but use their skills as human resource officers, lawyers, physicians, or research or hospital administrators, and in areas such as business management, physical rehabilitation, social work, and many more.

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So now that you have decided to study psychology, why choose UAB?

One word: Research.

What makes the Department of Psychology at UAB exceptional is that it is part of a world-class research institution that provides interdisciplinary work not found anywhere else in the state. UAB is also one of the largest research institutions in the Southeast and consistently ranks among the best in the nation. UAB Psychology faculty also hold secondary or joint positions in departments such as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vision Sciences, Anesthesiology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Gerontology, and Preventative Medicine to name a few. We recruit the best and the brightest of faculty.

So, what does this have to do with getting a degree in psychology? Well, the fact is that psychology is one of the largest majors at UAB and one of the most popular in the United States. Our program at UAB is competitive. To stand out, you need to supplement your degree with activities outside of the classroom, and one of the best ways to do this is by working in a research laboratory. Working in a lab allows you to take the material you are learning in the classroom and use it to help solve real-world problems. This shows graduate schools and future employers that you can excel outside as well as inside the classroom. More than 30 percent of our students conduct independent research with a faculty member.

In addition, UAB also offers a number of different honors programs to help students get the most out of their classroom and laboratory experience including the Psychology Honors Program, the Science and Technology Honors Program, and the University Honors Program. Our program also offers opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience in clinical settings through our practicum courses. We have placed students in agencies such as the Crisis Center, Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center, and Youth Villages.


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