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Psychology (B.S.)

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Solve the Mysteries of the Human Mind and Behavior with a Psychology Degree from Gannon University 

    Psychologists engage in a scientific study of the brain, behavior and cognitive processes to understand human experience and behavior. Gannon’s psychology program emphasizes laboratory research and statistics to prepare you for master’s and doctoral programs, and laboratory and research careers. Learn to apply quantitative and analytical techniques and develop foundational psychological knowledge through significant research and laboratory experience to secure your meaningful career in the field.

    • The program’s Multivariate Statistics course is an strong achievement on graduate school applications.
    • Increase your competitiveness in your chosen area of emphasis with interdisciplinary course offerings.
    • Present original research at the regional Western PA Undergraduate Psychology Conference

    Learn to Lead the Way in Psychology

    • Gain extensive research experience through advanced statistics and research courses.
    • Supplement your psychology coursework with courses in mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry or computer science.  
    • Access specialized course sequences to combine the psychology major with the pre-medical curriculum.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Work one-on-one with a professor conducting research in psychology in at least one semester of Research Practicum.  
    • Design, program and run computer-based cognitive psychology experiments in Cognitive Lab or conduct and communicate research in Physiological Lab.
    • Become involved in study design, data collection, data analysis, preparing a manuscript for publication and/or delivering a conference presentation.   

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key psychology courses including:

    Advanced Research Methods: Develop and conduct original, independent research for presentation at the Celebrate Gannon academic festival and the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

    Multivariate Statistics:  An advanced course for students who want to pursue expertise in statistics and research - one that is rarely offered in an undergraduate curriculum. 

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

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Our psychology program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Gain valuable preparation for doctoral programs in clinical psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, quantitative psychology and experimental psychology.
    • Earn an average starting salary of $38,300 or mid-career salary of $62,100 at the bachelor’s level, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Use statistics to test research hypotheses, and correctly interpret and evaluate psychology research.
  2. Describe subfields, specialties, and perspectives within psychology.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of APA ethics and other professional issues in psychology.
  4. Conduct literature search in psychology and write papers in APA style.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental areas of psychology.
  6. Design, conduct and present research individually or as part of team (BS).
Eleni Vlachos

Eleni Vlachos Psychology

“I am thankful for my professors who involve me in the Erie community through internships and interpersonal connections."

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.