How do I get a Bachelor of Science in Psychology?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
A mortarboard and diploma for a bachelor of science in psychology.
A mortarboard and diploma for a bachelor of science in psychology.

The first step in getting a bachelor of science in psychology is to complete your high school coursework. While in high school, be sure to work hard and get decent grades, especially in science, social studies, and even in English, since you will be writing a fair amount in a psychology program. If you are already out of high school, be sure to find out if any credits you have earned toward another degree will transfer to the psychology program. Research schools that offer a bachelor of science in psychology and narrow your search down to about three or four schools you would be interested in attending.

The application process can be quite involved, and there are often fees associated with applying to a bachelor of science in psychology program. Be sure to find out what the specific requirements are for each program, and fill out all application materials. You will probably have to write an essay for each application, likely explaining why you want to get into the psychology field, and how the bachelor of science in psychology will help you achieve those goals. Provide your high school transcripts, and any college transcripts if applicable.

Once you have been accepted to a program, you will need to meet with an academic advisor who will help you determine the best courses to take early on in your career as a student. There will be specific courses you must take in order to earn a bachelor of science in psychology, and an advisor can help you determine when to take those courses and what courses to take before attempting the more difficult ones. A bachelor of science in psychology generally takes four years of study, and you must be prepared to commit the time and effort to the degree program.

Remember, too, that you will need to pay for your education. Financial aid in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships are available. Be sure to research these options and determine how you will pay for your education. Federal loans are available in some countries, as are private loans. Scholarships and grants are good to research and apply for, since these awards do not have to be repaid.

A student working toward a bachelor of science in psychology will very likely need to complete a research project or other type of major project that shows the student has learned and understands the major concepts of psychology. This project is usually done during one's senior year, and it is often the last requirement one must complete before graduation. Be sure to think about what specific topics in psychology you would be interested in researching.

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Dannilynn

I am currently in college and about to finish my associate degree in psychology and I am wondering after I obtain my associate degree, how many more years before I obtain my Bachelor's and then my Masters degree.

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      A mortarboard and diploma for a bachelor of science in psychology.