Psychology Program and Advising Information

Psychology Program and Advising Information

Bloomsburg University's psychology curriculum requires 36 hours of psychology courses comprised of a core sequence founded in basic psychological principles and upper level requirements from among a number of courses in specified areas.

With the guidance of an academic psychology advisor, students can tailor their schedule meet their individual needs or interests.

Several applied courses may be selected as one of two required capstone courses. Students who wish to pursue academic or research careers are able to conduct an independent study under the supervision of one of our faculty members.

Additionally, students often work with faculty for no formal credit to further enhance their research knowledge and skills. The results of these research projects are routinely presented at regional and national conferences.

Students interested in on-site experience in a variety of psychological settings may complete a service-oriented practicum. Many practicum experiences have led to employment opportunities following graduation.

Students wishing to gain hands-on teaching experience and increased possibility of a teaching assistantship in graduate school may take a capstone course focused on college-level pedagogy and work as teaching assistants (TAs) with professors who teach the General Psychology course.

Change major to psychology

Many students change their major at least once as they move through their college career. If you change your major to psychology keep in mind that the General Education Requirements and the University Requirements for graduation remain the same.

  • Caution: You may not finish your degree in four years — One of the most important questions you must ask yourself is whether changing majors will require that you take longer than the standard 4 years to complete your degree ... and if so, are you willing to take that extra time in college? The psychology major includes a sequence of courses that form the prerequisite foundation for most of the upper level courses. This series of prerequisite courses requires 3 semesters.
  • Caution: Switching to Increase your GPA is a Poor Decision — Occasionally students who do not have the required GPA to enter or remain in their chosen field will switch to psychology with the goal of increasing their GPA and then returning to their original major. This is NOT a good idea. The psychology major is the 3rd most difficult major on campus (based average GPA by major). Our core curriculum consists of statistical and experimental methodology, therefore your first courses as a psychology major will be Basic Statistics and Experimental Methodology. If your only interest in psychology is to increase your GPA you should meet with your advisor to work out a different solution to your problem.