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Psychology - B.S.

About this Degree

Psychology is one of the most popular majors at UGA, and offers students a broad, scientifically-based education applicable to a wide variety of careers. Psychology is a field that studies processes areas as diverse as clinical behavior problems, child development, workplace violence, self-esteem, the effect of nutrition on vision, racial prejudice, memory, how people make decisions, anxiety disorders, cognition in primates, and the effect of different drugs on neurotransmitters in the brain. In fact, the UGA psychology department has faculty members studying all of these types of issues, and many more!

Psychology is the scientific study of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Work in our department ranges from the study of neuroscience and genetics, to organizations and cultures, to understanding and treating mental illness – and everything in between.  

Within this website, you will find information on course requirements for the psychology major, how advising works in the psychology department, how to sign up for research experience opportunities such as PSYC 4800, and different options available for psychology majors after graduation. You can also find out information about the psychology department faculty and staff, as well as graduate students and other people who work in this department.

Psychology Major with Neuroscience Emphasis

What you will learn

We work from the American Psychological Association’s five goals for undergraduate majors:

  1. Knowledge base in psychology;
  2. Scientific inquiry and critical thinking;
  3. Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world;
  4. Scientific communication in psychology;
  5. Professional development


Most intro and major courses are taught by Psychology faculty, but some Psychology courses are taught by students in the graduate Psychology program. Psychology class sizes vary greatly. While intro courses and 3000 level courses often have 150 to 300 people in them, once students begin taking their major courses the class sizes begin to go down. Major courses can range from about 15 to 100 students with an average of about 35 students.

Other Degrees/Programs Offered:

We offer Ph.D. degrees in Psychology in three programs: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Clinical and Industrial/Organizational. We also offer an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Gwinnett campus.

General Research Information:

AT UGA, undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research, often as part of a team of graduate students and faculty. In fact, many students can earn academic credit while working under an experienced faculty mentor by taking PSYC 4960H or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).

Other Research Labs include:

The Scott Torgesen Award

Offered to the outstanding junior major in psychology. Criteria for selection are: (A) grades and (B) other evidence of scholarship and interest in psychology such as research reports, research proposals, term papers, community service related to psychology, and other evidence of promise in the field. The award carries with it a cash prize of $500.*

The William T. James Award

Offered to the outstanding senior major in psychology. Criteria for selection are: (A) research reports and research proposals, (B) term papers, (C) community service related to psychology, (D) grades, and (E) other evidence of promise in the field. Names of award recipients will be inscribed on the William T. James plaque. Winners will also receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment, and a cash prize of $100.

Judge Horace B. Russell Prize

Offered to a major in psychology for the best written work in psychology. The manuscript may be either empirical or theoretical. A $200 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Read more about these awards here.

More Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards


Individuals with advanced degrees in Psychology can pursue clinical and counseling careers in hospitals, schools and other public institutions, and private practice. They can pursue research and teaching careers at universities and colleges, research institutions and other settings.

Those with undergraduate degrees in Psychology enter jobs in many fields, including human resources, sales and customer service, and administrative functions. They make strong candidates for graduate study in a wide array fields including, in addition to Psychology itself, medical school, nursing, physician’s assistant, business, law, and others.

Advantage Behavioral Health Georgia Dept. of Corrections
Aniz, Inc Georgia Dept. of Labor
Athens Regional Medical Glaxo Center
Athens-Clarke County Govt. Marcus Institute of Atlanta
Bethesda Home for Boys Mountain Lodge
Better Business Bureau North Carolina Hillel Center
Broadcasting Companies PBS
Charter Behavioral Health Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
City Year State Court Offices
Clarke County Detention Teach for America
Communicare Three Creeks
Department of Rehab Services U.S. Veterans Admin
Department of Revenue University of Georgia
Deveruex Treatment Center Vascent Studios
DFCS Walt Disney World
Enterprise Rent a Car Wediko Children's Services
Federal Bureau of Prisons Youth Villages
Federal Judicial Center

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