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Psychology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Iowa City, IA, United States
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in Psychology (B.A. and B.S.). The Department also jointly administers an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience (B.S.) with the Department of Biology. This bachelor degree is offered by The University of Iowa. 
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We offer a bachelor degree in Psychology, the study of human and animal behavior. There are many areas of specialization within psychology. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The University of Iowa has five areas of emphasis: behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, developmental science, cognition and perception, and social psychology. 

Psychologists in academic settings teach and conduct research designed to increase our knowledge about behavior. Psychologists also work in governmental and industrial organizations carrying out basic and applied research and providing professional advice. Many clinical psychologists are employed in clinics or in hospitals or are engaged in private practice, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Clinical psychologists are to be distinguished from psychiatrists, who are physicians (M.D.'s) with specialized training in the treatment of mental disorders.

Psychology provides an excellent background for a wide variety of professions. UI students should also take advantage of the resources available in the Pomerantz Career Center on campus. Psychology majors can meet with a Career Advisor to discuss different career paths, learn about job search strategies, receive feedback on resumes, and much more. 

Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Faculty laboratories in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have openings for undergraduate students to work as research assistants. Students can become involved in all aspects of research, from scheduling and running subjects to analyzing data. Depending on the lab, students can interview clients, run test sessions, and even design their own research projects.
  • Working in a research lab is a great opportunity to find out whether a student might be interested in a research career. In addition, students considering graduate school in psychology are strongly advised to obtain research experience while they are still undergraduates -- most graduate schools weight research experience quite strongly when making admission decisions.
  • Students can get course credit for working in a lab; this is generally offered on a satisfactory/fail basis rather than being graded (an exception is honors research). Most labs prefer that interested students register for course credit in the lab -- one hour of course credit usually translates into approximately three hours of time in the lab.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Science
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Submit an application
  • Pay the $80 application fee
  • Upload your academic records
  • If your first language is not English: Have the testing agency send us your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score, if applicable, based on our English Proficiency Requirements.
Have your ACT or SAT score sent to us by the testing agency if:
  • You completed secondary school in the United States
  • You are applying for direct admission to the Tippie College of Business, the College of Engineering, or the University of Iowa Honors Program
  • You plan to apply for scholarships (some awards require an ACT or SAT score)
  • Our institution code for ACT is 1356; our institution code for SAT is 6681

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31793 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31793 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31793 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31793 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9830 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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