What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology curriculum reflects the discipline’s major functions - scientific research, teaching, acting as a healing profession and raising philosophical questions about the assumptions, values and ideals of human beings and their societies, which reflects psychology’s origin in philosophy. Through a core set of requirements, the student systematically develops understanding and skill in scientific methods of inquiry, focusing on the human mind and behavior. To fulfill the degree requirements, students may pursue the standard curriculum by selecting courses from four content areas that introduce students to the healing and philosophical sides of psychology and provide a broad understanding of the field as a whole; or the student may apply to one of several more focused concentrations that draw upon the special strengths of the VCU Department of Psychology.

Concentrations available

  • Addiction studies
  • Applied psychology
  • Life science
  • Pre-graduate school
  • Urban psychology

Career opportunities

Some students may choose to study psychology because they enjoy the subject and wish to pursue careers requiring "any major." In this scenario, it is critical to develop desirable skills through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences. Some skills valued most by employers include: communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and computer skills. Other students may major in psychology because they want to work in a related field. Many entry-level helping positions are available, however the amount of direct client contact is limited for those who only have a bachelor's degree. Students may wish to pursue graduate education in psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, or other related fields to increase opportunities and earning potential.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,742.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2020

Venue

College of Humanities and Sciences

828 West Franklin Street,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

For international students

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten.

Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

The required TOEFL score for undergraduate applicants is 70 iBT, 550 PBT or IELTS of 6.0 (academic band score). The required PTE score is 53.

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There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond