Psychology Bachelor's Degree Overview
Psychology involves the study of the brain and behavior and how they influence one another — in humans and other animals. Faculty in UT’s Department of Psychology has expertise in a broad array of areas, from clinical and developmental psychology to social and cognitive psychology to psychobiology and learning.
The undergraduate program in psychology at The University of Toledo focuses on critical thinking and research. Psychology students learn to take a scientific approach to understanding behavior and a problem-solving approach to everyday situations.
These skills prepare you for advanced graduate or professional training and a successful career in one of many disciplines, from specialized areas in psychology to philosophy, law, business, medicine and more.
Psychology Bachelor's Degree Highlights
A leader in the field. UToledo’s Department of Psychology is a leader in health psychology and integrated behavioral health care. Faculty in the Department of Psychology collaborates with the:
- UT Family Medicine Center
- Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center
- UT Department of Public Health
- UT Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
- UT Health Menopause Clinic
- UT Center of Health and Successful Living
- UT Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Research opportunities. Research is key to UToledo’s psychology curriculum. UToledo psychology faculty and students work in advanced research labs. Competitive research assistantships allow you to work with faculty members while fulfilling the advanced course requirements.
Psychology students have the opportunity to:
- Present research at conferences.
- Publish research.
- Develop independent projects.
- Work with faculty in small-group settings.
- Explore related areas of study, such as medicine, nursing, education, addictions, neuroscience and law.
Externships. UToledo’s psychology bachelor’s degree students earn credit and gain valuable experience while working in the community at sites such as schools and correction centers.
Learn outside the classroom.
- Study abroad.
- Learn and share ideas through regional and national professional presentations and meetings.
- Develop skills in scientific writing and gain recognition by contributing to professional publications and UToledo's PsyConnect newsletter.
Student activities. UToledo hosts a local chapter of Psi Chi, an international honors society in psychology. Qualified undergraduate students can participate in regional and national conventions, community service such as tutoring, and the student awards and grants program.
A bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Toledo will prepare you for graduate school or a career in industry, business or government. Visit the psychology department's Undergrad Resources page for more information.
Sample Job Opportunities for Psychology Graduates
|Coach or trainer||Marketing or advertising associate|
|Health educator||Social worker|
|Human resource manager||Teacher|
|Law enforcement officer||Victim advocate|
"To be completely honest, I never had an intention to major in psychology. I was passionate about science, and was under the impression that psychology was more of a humanity than a science. My freshman year, I took Introduction to Psychology as an elective requirement, and it made me realize what the science of psychology entails. I realized that psychology was applicable to almost any career, especially for people interested in the medical field. Physicians assume responsibility for ‘convincing’ their patients to live a healthy lifestyle. Understanding principles and barriers of behavior change is essential to providing effective treatment and counseling."
BA, BS '17
"I was very well prepared and had a good foundation of knowledge needed for my graduate studies in medical school. I also had the opportunity to participate in clinical psychology research. In the Health Psychology Lab, I gained valuable research experience by performing experiments, collecting and analyzing data and discussing topics with my peers. Overall, I believe that my psychology studies at UT have been very beneficial. I would consider myself to have a more balanced knowledge base because of the broad biopsychosocial model I was exposed to, which has increasing value in medical training."
Psychology Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
UToledo psychology majors receive a well-rounded, liberal arts education. They are introduced to all major areas of study, including clinical, cognitive, developmental and social psychology and psychobiology.
Most Popular Courses for Psychology Majors
- Clinical Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Psychology and the Law
Externship Opportunities for Psychology Students
Externships permit credit for service learning in community-based settings such as schools, correction centers and clinics.
Typical Externship Locations
- Children's Rights Council of Northwest Ohio
- Josina Lott Residential & Community Services
- Toledo Catholic elementary schools
- Toledo Public Schools
- YMCA of Greater Toledo