Psychology Major - BA or BS Psychology Programs


What can behavior and emotions tell us about the human mind, and how can we help people overcome challenges to lead more fulfilling lives?

If you find these questions intriguing, earning a degree in psychology can be the start to a rewarding career – one that puts your empathy and expertise to work, leaving a lasting impact on the world around you.

In this field, career opportunities abound. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for psychologists is expected to increase by 14% through 2028 – faster than the national average – and the demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is expected to soar by 22% through 2028.

Program Details

Why Choose GMercyU

At GMercyU, you can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS). Both the BA and BS psychology degree programs provide a solid foundation in core areas of study in psychology:  

  • Human Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods and Experimental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Biopsychology

To earn your BA in psychology, you will need two semesters (six credits) of coursework in a foreign language. To earn your BS in psychology, you will complete six credits within the natural and computational sciences.

We believe that psychology is best understood through an integrated approach combining classroom lecture, internships, and an emphasis on research and professional development – this includes the ability to develop and execute your own research projects, present your work at professional conferences, and participate in faculty-led research. For example, Professor Rebecca Gullan and several of her students co-authored this “Mentors That Matter” publication.

GMercyU University Research ConferenceThrough these exciting opportunities, you will:

Learn how to organize, design, and conduct original research protocols so you’re fully prepared for a future career or for graduate-level study.

Receive professional development mentorship from faculty.

Present your findings at professional conferences, such as The Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) Conference, the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, and other professional settings.

Present your research at GMercyU’s annual University Research Conference (see photo). Topics from our Spring 2020 conference included:

  • “Attitudes Towards Accommodating Students in the Academic Setting”
  • “Empathetic Perspective”
  • “How We View Death”

Build skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication – key skills employers want.

Use electives to explore your passions and interests. Take courses in specific areas of study, such as forensic and adolescent psychology, or courses in other disciplines. For example, if your goal is working with people in the corrections system, you might take criminal justice or criminology courses in addition to your psychology coursework. Or, if you plan on attending medical school, you can take the pre-med courses needed to help prepare you. Passionate about the sports industry? At GMercyU, you can take courses within our Sports Management major.

And, at GMercyU, you can connect and bond with other psychology majors at events like GMercyU’s “Painting Away Stress Nights.” This particular event is hosted by the Social Work and Psychology (SWAP) Club.

Curriculum

In addition to general education requirements, psychology majors will need to complete 48 credits from required program courses.

PSY 111 Statistics
PSY 150 Social Psychology
PSY 200 Developmental Psychology
PSY 210 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 211 Fundamentals of Biopsychology
PSY 312 Research Methods
PSY 314 Ethical Issues in Behavioral / Social Science
PSY 320 Experimental Psychology
PSY 322 Psychology of Personality
PSY 370 History of Psychology
PSY 435 Psychology Practicum
PSY 4000 Capstone
PSY Choose 4 Electives

Credit Requirement

A minimum of 125 credits is needed to satisfy GMercyU's graduation requirements for a bachelor's degree in psychology. For your BA in psychology, you will need two semesters (six credits) in a foreign language. For your BS in psychology, you will complete six credits within the natural and computational sciences.

Undergraduate Minors

Increase the value of your psychology degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.

Featured Courses

Whether you're pursuing the BA or BS academic track for your degree in psychology, GMercyU offers a robust core curriculum. Here’s a peak of just a few of the classes you’ll take as a psychology major.

PSY 150 Social Psychology
This course is a study of human behavior as influenced by group situations, interpersonal relations, attitudes and opinions, groups and group conflicts, language and communication as social products.

PSY 211 Fundamentals of Biopsychology
This course is an introduction to biological bases of behavior in humans and animals. Topics include basic neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, information transmission, neuropathology, sensory-motor functions, biochemical processes and psychopharmacology, with applications to human behavior and intervention.

PSY 435 Psychology Practicum
This course is designed to afford senior psychology majors practical experience in the application of psychological theory and research. With the recommendation of the psychology faculty and the approval of the program coordinator, students may work in a 40-hour-per-credit practicum opportunity.

For all Psychology course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

Meet the Faculty

Rebecca Gullan, PhD

Position: Professor, Psychology and Psychology Program Coordinator

Did You Know? In August 2020, Dr. Gullan was interviewed by WHYY about the potential consequences of remote learning for school children.  

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Mary Reilly, MS

Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology

Did You Know? Professor Reilly is a recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Sister Isabelle Keiss Award for Community Service.

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Real-World Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Student internships help you put the skills you learn at GMercyU into real-world practice. They also enhance your resume with work experience and professional references.

Interning is also an excellent opportunity to explore a psychology specialty. You could intern with organizations that assist people dealing with crisis situations, domestic violence, workplace wellness, or substance abuse recovery.

GMercyU psychology students have recently served and learned at a number of local organizations:

  • A Woman’s Place
  • Caring Hospice
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Roberts Research Center
  • Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
  • Horsham Clinic
  • Lansdale Catholic High School
  • Mind of the Athlete
  • Mitzvah Circle
  • Penn Foundation
  • Philadelphia Police Department
  • Project Home: Jon Bon Jovi Souls Homes
  • The Philadelphia Zoo
  • The Training Room
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Valley Forge Hospital and Rehabilitation Center 
  • Valley Youth House
  • Women’s Center of Montgomery County
Career Opportunities

As a top psychology college in PA, GMercyU can help you achieve your career goals in this rewarding and expansive field. Your possible career paths include:

  • Advocacy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Corrections
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • School and counseling psychology
  • Family counseling
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Sales
  • Social work

Here’s a closer look at just a few of the many career paths for psychology majors.

Psychologist

Description: A psychologist uses observational and conversational skills to identify the root cause of behavioral, cognitive or emotional struggles an individual may be facing. Work in a private practice or in the health care or school setting.
Degree Requirements: PhD or PsyD in psychology. Additional licensure may also be required.
Average Salary: The average salary for a psychologist in the United States is $80,370.
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Licensed Professional Counselor

Description: Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) assess and treat mental and emotional disorders and work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of settings.
Degree Requirements: Master's degree
Average Salary: The average salary is $48,293.
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Substance Abuse Counselor

Description: A substance abuse counselor works with individuals struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. They often work in an independent practice, addiction treatment facilities, prisons, and mental or community health programs.
Degree Requirements: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary: The average salary for a substance abuse counselor in the United States is $46,240.
Source

Griffin Success Stories

At GMercyU, we've developed our BA and BS programs with the dual goals of giving psychology majors the best student experience possible, as well as opportunities for professional development and future career success.  

Brittany Albert ’19

Current Position: Crisis Worker, Doylestown Hospital

Brittany originally intended to pursue GMercyU's nursing program but soon realized that her talents lay elsewhere and switched her major to psychology. She took full advantage of the research opportunities at GMercyU, and the Penn State Working Dogs Center awarded her an internship. Brittany is currently a crisis worker at Doylestown Hospital's Crisis Center while pursuing an online graduate degree from Arizona State University.  

"Putting myself out there by doing all of the research, going through internships that I never thought I would get, doing all of these things on campus, I have opened my eyes and really learned a lot about myself.” Learn more about Brittany’s experience.

Read more Griffin Success Stories.

Next Steps

Transfer Opportunities

In addition to accepting transfer credits for other accredited psychology colleges and universities, GMercyU has an articulation agreement with Manor College, making it easier for you to turn an associate degree in liberal arts from Manor into a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from GMercyU.

Manor College AA Liberal Arts to BA/BS Psychology 

GMercyU also offers Dual Admissions Agreements with Montgomery County Community College and Bucks County Community College.

To learn more, please contact the Admissions Office at 215-641-5510 or admissions@gmercyu.edu

Admission Requirements

Have questions about GMercyU's admissions requirements? Contact us! Our Admissions staff is ready to walk you through the process of applying to GMercyU’s Psychology Program.

Email: admissions@gmercyu.edu
Phone: 215-641-5510

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At GMercyU, we strive to make a quality education accessible to all through financial aid, scholarships, and grants. As a military-friendly university, we welcome service members and participate in all VA educational benefits programs. 

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Get the education you need for career that improves lives. Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or Bachelor of Science in Psychology at GMercyU!