Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Study the science of the mind

Program Overview Psychology (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS) prepares you for many different career paths. Although a master's degree or doctoral degree is required  to pursue a career as a clinical or experimental psychologist, students with a bachelor's degree in psychology are well qualified for careers that value strong analytical skills, problem solving skills, written and oral communication skills, and people skills.

Students majoring in psychology at Barry University enjoy the advantages of small classes, personalized academic advising, and experiential learning opportunities through independent research and community-based service learning. Alumni of Barry University's Department of Psychology have been successful in gaining admission into a variety of master's and doctoral programs. They are also employed in a number of agencies and business organizations.

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The study of scientific psychology develops the ability to think analytically, apply psychological principles to solve problems, and communicate solutions effectively, both orally and in writing.

Psychology, BS 3+3 Accelerated Law Program

The Department of Psychology and the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law provide qualified psychology students an opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science degree and a Juris Doctor Degree. The Accelerated 3 + 3 Program allows psychology students to complete both undergraduate psychology degree and a law degree within six years rather than the traditional seven-year time period. 

Qualified students would complete the core undergraduate requirements within the first three years of study. The fourth year of undergraduate would also be the first year of law school. At the satisfactory completion of the first year of law school, the student would officially receive their BS in Psychology.

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The accelerated program saves one year of college expenses and provides an accelerated entry into a professional career.

Psychology, BS The 3 year BS/MS Accelerated Program

The Department of Psychology provides qualified Barry University psychology majors the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science Degree and an MS Clinical Psychology Degree. The Accelerated BS/MS Degree Program allows psychology majors to complete both an undergraduate psychology degree and a master’s degree (60-credit option) within six years rather than in the traditional seven years. Qualified students would complete the core undergraduate requirements in the first three years of study. The fourth year of the undergraduate program would also be the first year of the MS Clinical Psychology Program.

After the satisfactory completion of the first year of the graduate program, the student would officially receive a BS in Psychology. The MS in Clinical Psychology would be awarded after the successful completion of all requirements in the 60-credit master’s degree program. The accelerated program saves one year of undergraduate college expenses and provides an accelerated entry into the professional career. Students who opt out or fail out of the first year of the graduate program have the option to complete the regular BS degree.

Program Highlights

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Psychology (BS) Our Students

The BS Psychology Program at Barry University prepares students to go into the world and to be successful. Some of our alumni go to graduate school before entering the work force while others go directly into employment.

The Department of Psychology coordinates activities to give students experience outside of the classroom.

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Psychology (BS) Experiential Learning

The Psychology (BS) Program at Barry University offers two options for experiential learning. 

The first option for experiential learning is through psychology courses that contain a service-learning component. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with course work and critical reflection to enrich the learning experience, foster civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Psychology service-learning courses provide students with hands-on experience and an opportunity to integrate theory with practice in order to develop appropriate knowledge, skills, values and professional competencies. Students are matched with a service agency and work with a field/service advisor who serves as a liaison between the course professor and the service-learning agency. Our students work with a range of individuals from preschoolers in academic and social enrichment programs to the elderly in nursing facilities.

The second option for experiential learning is through a series of independent research courses: PSY 295, PSY 395, and PSY 495. Students earn 3 credits per class and work one-on-one with a professor on a research project. In PSY 295 the student researches a topic of interest. In PSY 395 the student writes a research proposal and designs the study. In PSY 495 the student conducts the study, analyzes the data and reports the results. The student presents the study at the Department’s Annual Psychology Student Research Forum. The student will also be encouraged to present the study in a professional venue such as the annual convention of the Florida Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association or the Association for Psychological Science. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Psychology Department provide financial support to help students attend conferences where they are presenting. The independent research project offers students the opportunity to develop the research, writing, and presentation skills that will make them good candidates for graduate school and employment.

Psi Chi and the psychology club offer various volunteer opportunities for students each year. In addition, Barry University’s Office of Mission and Ministry coordinate a variety of student volunteer activities on an ongoing basis.

Psychology (BS) Research Opportunities

All departmental faculty are actively engaged in research and other scholarly activities and supervise undergraduate research. Areas of specialization represented by departmental faculty include the following: child development, lifespan development, developmental risk factors, evolutionary psychology, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, cognition, social psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, acculturation, industrial organizational psychology, forensic psychology, and human sexuality. The department’s commitment to undergraduate research is best reflected through the Annual Psychology Student Research Forum that takes place every Spring semester.

The Forum provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research. Proposals and literature reviews are presented as posters and completed projects are presented orally. Consequently, students who complete a research project have had the opportunity to present in both formats over two years. In addition to basic presentation skills, students learn the technological skills required to prepare supporting visual materials. In addition, students are encouraged to submit their research for publication and presentation at regional, state, and national conferences as appropriate.

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Research Facilities


Cognitive Laboratory


Undergraduate Lab


Graduate Lab


Two Clinical Training Labs

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    Cognitive Laboratory

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    Undergraduate Lab

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    Graduate Lab

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    Two Clinical Training Labs

Admissions Overview Getting Started

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As part of Barry's diverse, close-knit community of 3,000 undergraduates, you’ll grow and build lifelong relationships. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, you'll thrive thanks to individualized instruction and professors who are experts in their fields. The best part? You’ll leave college with the skills you need to succeed and little debt; we work to make school affordable through merit-based scholarships and financial aid.

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Admissions Overview Are you a Transfer or an International Student?

You can apply to Barry whenever it’s convenient for you. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but it’s always better to apply sooner than later. You’re considered a transfer applicant when you have at least 12 college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Remember, you may have to apply separately to specific programs, so please review the academic requirements for your intended major.
If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Also, please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

If you’re a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, you may qualify for our merit-based scholarships with awards up to $17,000, based on your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores. Scholarships are available for freshmen (including test optional), transfers, international, DACA, and Dreamer applicants. Using your admissions application, we automatically determine your eligibility.

More than 90% of our students receives some form of financial assistance. Apply to see if you qualify for a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Just submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete it as soon as possible since funds may be limited. Barry's federal school code is 001466. Curious about qualifying? Take a look at our Net Price Calculator.

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