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Overview

In this innovative undergraduate program, you will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the key areas in psychology, including social and abnormal psychology, sensory function, learning, memory, human development, emotion, and motivation.  Through electives, students will also have the opportunity to develop their counseling skills and pursue other areas of specialized interest.  Graduates will be prepared to enter careers in industry and human services, as well as to pursue graduate work in psychology or social work.

Curriculum

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Psychology General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements 

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

43 semester hours required

English

Complete one of the following two courses with corresponding lab:

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
3.00 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
1.00 
ENG 1103 - College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers 
3.00 
ENG 1104 - Lab for ENG 1103 
1.00 
 

Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:

ENG 1107 - College Writing 2 
3.00 
ENG 1108 - Lab for ENG 1107 
1.00 
ENG 3107 - Writing for the Professions: Business and the Social Sciences 
3.00 
ENG 3108 - Lab for ENG 3107 
1.00 
 

Mathematics

MTH 1100 - College Algebra 
3.00 
MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 
3.00 
 

Social Sciences

CMN 1100 - Organizational Communication 
3.00 
PHL 2130 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare 
3.00 
PHL 2140 - Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 
3.00 
PSY 1100 - Foundations of Psychology 
3.00 
PSY 2230 - Stress and Its Management 
3.00 
SOC 1100 - Introduction to Sociology 
3.00 
 

Note: Students may choose PHL 2130 (Ethical Issues in Healthcare) or PHL 2140 (Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering), but not both.

Biology 

BIO 1100 - Principles of Biology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1101 - Lab for BIO 1100 
1.00 
 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following:

ITC 1000 - Computer Applications 
3.00 
ITC 2016 - End-User Data Analysis Tools 
3.00 
Management

Choose one of the following:

HMG 2110 - Health Law and Regulation 
3.00 
MGT 2330 - Business Law 
3.00 
 

Major Required Courses

25 semester hours required 

Human Behavior

HSV 2240 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment 
3.00 
PSY 3200 - Social Psychology 
3.00 
PSY 3210 - Abnormal Psychology 
3.00 
 

Cognition and Development 

PSY 3220 - Cognition and Language 
3.00 
PSY 3230 - Development across the Life Span 
3.00 
PSY 3240 - Sensation and Perception 
3.00 
 

Research

PSY 3450 - Research in Psychology 
3.00 
 

Capstone

PSY 4850 - Senior Research Seminar in Psychology 
4.00 
 

Major Elective Courses

15 semester hours required

Complete 15 semester hours from the following:

HSV, PSY

Electives

Complete a minimum of 37 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:

  • Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has, in an area they want familiarity with.
  • Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
  • Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.

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Career Outcomes

Given its broad applicability, an undergraduate degree in psychology offers you a great many career options. An understanding of human psychology coupled with critical thinking skills make you a strong candidate for any position in which you interact with, analyze, or manage people — whether in sales, teaching, research, marketing/advertising, public relations, management, or administration.

What can you do with your degree?

This bachelor’s degree program is appropriate for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in related fields or work in a profession for which psychological training is encouraged.

While the MA and PhD remain the only degrees with which one can enter professional positions labeled "psychologist," undergraduate degree holders are employed in a wide variety of occupations. 

Fields to consider include:

  • Marketing or scientific research
  • Counseling
  • Management
  • Social work
  • Advertising
  • Labor relations

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

Kristen Lee
Associate Teaching Professor

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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students.

  • $1.6K Cost Per Course
  • $10.2K Avg Institutional Aid
  • 45% % Receiving Aid