Psychology students gain experience beyond the classroom through faculty-mentored research or independent studies

St. Bonaventure University

Psychology Program

Are you a good listener? Empathetic? A problem solver? If the answer is yes, a degree in psychology may be ideal for you. As a psychology student at St. Bonaventure, you can choose to master the art or science of psychology. You will become capable of appreciating and implementing the role and value of a scientific approach to understanding behavior and mental processes.

A degree in psychology in conjunction with appropriate elective courses provides a strong foundation for a broad list of career and graduate school opportunities. You will develop the skills to understand and evaluate human behavior, decision making, personality, group behavior, and mental illness among other topics.

Why choose psychology?

  • Career Advantage: In 2013, 100% of SBU psychology graduates went on to employment or graduate school. 

  • Exciting Coursework: At SBU, professors encourage curiosity. You will excel by researching topics that interest and excite you.

  • BA or BS: The art and science of psychology. St. Bonaventure offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (BA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (BS), as well as a Psychology minor.

  • Small Class Size: An 11:1 student to faculty ratio means that your professors will work with you 1:1 to identify and provide the best opportunities and resources to match your interests and ambitions.

  • Research: At SBU, you will develop independent research projects, get involved with faculty research, publish research studies, and present alongside faculty at national conferences.

  • Experience: 90% of psychology students participate in two or more high-impact activities including internships, field experience, community service, study abroad, and capstone experiences. 

  • Student Clubs: Build your resume and become closer with classmates by joining the Psych Club and Psi Chi, an international merit-based honor society. 

Mentored Research

Psychology major Tim Parks appreciates the opportunity to conduct research alongside professors.

Psychology careers

Psychology students are in demand. With a psychology degree from St. Bonaventure, you will be prepared for a range of careers in human services, social services, post graduate studies in psychology, business administration, health care, law school, medicine, veterinary medicine and others. Take a look where recent graduates have gone and see how you can prepare for a career in the following fields:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • Social & Market Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Testing/Test Development
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Teaching
  • Information/Library Science

Learn more about the career areas in psychology and what employers are looking for.

Program information

The Department of Psychology offers a B.A. in psychology, a B.S. in psychology, and a minor in psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in psychology

The bachelor of arts program is most appropriate for the student who seeks primarily a liberal arts education, with a major in psychology and a broad distribution of electives in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. A B.A. in psychology in conjunction with appropriate elective courses is an excellent preparation for careers in human services or social services, or post graduate studies in clinical psychology, counseling, developmental psychology, industrial and organizational behavior, school psychology, social psychology, business administration, or law.

Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the B.A. in psychology

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 sub-concentration 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.

Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the B.S. in psychology

  • Minor in psychology

    For non-majors, the biology minor provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of psychology to aid in the understanding of their major fields.

    Requirements for the psychology minor

    Interested in behavioral neuroscience?

    The Department of Psychology also oversees the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, which lies at the intersection of psychology and biology. To learn more, visit the Behavioral Neuroscience Program.

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