Psychology (B.S.)

  • GU Possibilities
    • A graduate with a degree in psychology earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from Purdue University and is now a faculty member at Ball State University. He has published more than 30 scholarly works and his research has been featured in numerous popular news media outlets.
    • A recent graduate with a dual major in psychology and biology completed her Ph.D. in health psychology and is now a faculty member in the health psychology Ph.D. program at University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 
    • Recent Gannon graduates in psychology have gone on to graduate school at Binghamton University, Georgia Southern University, LaSalle University, Niagara University, Old Dominion University, Roosevelt University, Western Kentucky University and Michigan Tech University, to name a few. 

    You Will Learn

    The bachelor of science in psychology program prepares students for graduate study in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, biopsychology and other related fields. Students gain extensive research experience through advanced statistics and research courses.  In addition, students select courses in mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry or computer science to augment their psychology courses and increase their competitiveness in their chosen area of emphasis.  Specialized course sequences are also available for students who combine the psychology major with the pre-medical or pre-physical therapy curriculum.  

    You Will Experience

    Psychology majors complete at least one semester of Research Practicum, in which they have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor conducting research in psychology. Students may be involved in study design, data collection, data analysis, preparing a manuscript for publication and/or delivering a conference presentation.

    Psychology students also participate in laboratory sections of Physiological and Cognitive Psychology.  The Physiological Lab provides students with hands-on experience conducting physiological research and communicating the results of this research.  The Cognitive Lab gives students practical experience programming and running computer-based cognitive psychology experiments. 

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in psychology are well prepared for doctoral programs in clinical psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, quantitative psychology and experimental psychology.  This degree also provides excellent preparation for medical school or graduate school in physical therapy, in conjunction with the appropriate pre-professional curriculum.  Alternatively, graduates are prepared for immediate entry into laboratory work at the bachelor’s level.

    Psychology students present original research annually at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference and/or Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Conference, attended by faculty and students from universities throughout the region.

    You will Study

    Core courses in psychology include human development, social psychology, psychopathology, cognitive psychology and physiological psychology. Students in the bachelor of science in psychology program also complete specialized research and science courses, including:

    PSYC 304: Advanced Research Methods

    A continuation of the general research methods course, this offering allows students to develop and conduct original, independent research.  Students then present their research at Celebrate Gannon and at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

    PSYC 311 : Multivariate Statistics

    This is an advanced course for students who want to pursue expertise in statistics and research. This is a rare offering in an undergraduate curriculum and is very attractive on graduate school applications.

    PSYC 313: Psychometrics

    This advanced course in test development and evaluation is highly regarded among graduate programs in clinical, quantitative, school and human factors psychology.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $38,300
    • Mid-career salary: $62,100


    Salaries will be higher for graduates who go on to pursue graduate degrees in psychology and related fields.  For example, private consultants with doctoral degrees in human factors and engineering psychology earn an average of $179,000 per year.

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (