Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hands-on field experiences, internships, and research!

Connect theory with real-world practice with a BS in Psychology.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program prepares students to take on careers related to human behavior, motivations, emotions, thoughts, and actions. Whether students want to go into areas focused on counseling, law or medicine, we ensure they achieve a scientifically-driven understanding of the social, biological, cultural, and neurological factors that influence human behavior and interaction.

How we make a difference

Graduates have found jobs as:     

  • In-home autism therapists
  • Behavioral specialists
  • Human resources specialists
  • Patient advocates
  • Child welfare specialists
  • Healthcare coordinators
  • Activities director at assisted living facilities

And also work in these industries:

  • Business
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Education
  • City planning
  • Legal

Learn to apply psychological principles to personal, organizational, and social issues

Let’s get to work

Students have received professional work experience with organizations such as:

  • Family Resource Center
  • Robert E. Berry House Halfway House
  • Treffert Center
  • Fond du Lac County Juvenile Services
  • Adult Care Consultants
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Women’s Empowerment Series

How you will learn

Students in the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program gain and apply knowledge through educationally driven field experiences, internships, and research that enhances their understanding and critical analysis of key psychological concepts. We explore the human mind and human behavior and prepare students to:

•  Demonstrate understanding of major concepts, theories, and historical trends in psychology.
•  Apply research methods, including data analysis and interpretation.
•  Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, organizational, and social issues.

Students receive Mental Health First Aid training, conduct research, present at Marian’s Academic Symposium, and regularly attend the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago.

“Marian University’s Psychology Department has given me the opportunity to learn an incredible amount about the psychology field and what it has to offer, and it’s guided me to what I plan to do with my future. I built relationships with my peers, advisor, and the other staff within the department, which helped me become successful in and outside the classroom. Earning a psychology degree from Marian and with all the support I’ve received from the department, I’m confident about my future and feel set up for success.”

Grace Howe – 2020 Marian University graduate
Child Life Studies Graduate Student at Missouri State University

BS in Psychology Curriculum

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is about empowering students with an understanding of the major concepts, theories and historical trends that impact the field. As a student in the program, you’ll apply research methods, including data analysis, as well as psychological principles to foster a better understanding of a broad array of personal, organizational and social issues.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  General education courses are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First-Year Studies

Core Courses 

Psychology majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Human Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Social Science
  • History and Systems
  • Ethical Reasoning

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate understanding of APA-informed ethical principles
  • Apply psychological scientific knowledge and reasoning to real world examples across a variety of settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize and interpret various statistical procedures and tests
  • Show understanding of historical background in psychology
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others in a team
  • Exhibit the ability to effectively write using APA style


The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is to enhance student lives and increase their likelihood of obtaining a rewarding career. Students are encouraged to explore and learn more about the various fields in psychology and apply that knowledge through field experiences, internships, and research that enhances the student’s understanding and critical analysis of key psychological concepts.

Professional Standards

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program adheres to the American Psychology Association’s guidelines for undergraduate psychology program curriculum. The learning goals and outcomes for the Marian University BS in Psychology program includes the following APA goals:

  • Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility in A Diverse World
  • Communication
  • Professional Development

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program prepares students for an in-depth understanding of psychology from a theoretical and applied perspective. We train students to understand the importance and substance of research, while providing them an applied knowledge of the field. 96% of our students demonstrated competency in working on team projects, which is key to success when pursuing a career. The majority of our psychology majors choose to take field experience and are placed in a variety of psychology related agencies working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the mentally ill, homeless, and those with emotional or behavioral issues.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is recognized for its quality and for offering a depth and breadth of understanding to students. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared for a career in human services or in the nonprofit sector, as well as for graduate school where you can pursue a career in psychology, counseling, law or medicine.

Psychology majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 in their psychology coursework before graduation.