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Psychology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
Whether you’re interested in psychology as a helping profession or as the science of mind and behavior, the Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University is an exciting place to be. For the last several years, our programs have grown to build on our strengths in health psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Our expanded faculty and graduate programs mean that our undergraduate majors have ample opportunities for participating in cutting-edge research and course work.


Psychologists study a broad range of thought and behavior, from normal to abnormal, in both individuals and social groups. What distinguishes psychology from other fields is its strong research orientation. Because psychology is relevant to virtually all professions, students who plan to enter professions such as medicine, law, business management, social work, education or counseling often elect to major or minor in psychology.

Career Opportunities
Most professional positions for psychologists require a master's or doctoral degree. In addition to pursuing graduate work in psychology, recent graduates have entered professional programs in medicine, counseling and guidance, business, special education, social work, law, dentistry, ministry and optometry.
Many of our majors seek employment immediately after completing their bachelor's degree. Employers seek out psychology majors for their combination of people and research skills. Some of our graduates have entered positions directly related to psychological services, e.g., mental health aide, psychological testing technician, behavior analyst, or medical research assistant. Others have taken positions not directly concerned with psychological services but related to psychology, e.g., sales, management, law enforcement, corrections, advertising, market research and statistical consulting.
Alumni surveys by the NDSU Career Center have consistently shown that our majors are very successful in obtaining good jobs or going on to graduate or professional school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    122-128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods I
  • Science & Technology10
  • Humanities & Fine Arts6
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences6
  • Wellness

Research and Computing Facilities

Students and faculty at NDSU are engaged in research on a wide variety of topics in psychology. Research laboratories include experimental rooms for human research, sound-attenuated chambers, a group lab suite, a virtual reality display system and a driving simulator. Laboratory facilities include advanced equipment for studying human perception, brain function, information processing and social interaction.
Because the program at NDSU emphasizes the scientific approach to the study of behavior, student research is strongly encouraged. Undergraduate students often serve as research assistants working closely with faculty and graduate students. Current research includes projects on health, vision, virtual reality/multisensory integration, information processing, behavior modification, emotion, depression, history of psychology, and group processes.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:
  • It is recommended applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Strong consideration is given to grades earned in the high school core courses listed below.
  • An ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1020 or higher (math and verbal combined score) also is recommended. If you have not achieved this score, you are strongly encouraged to re-test. The writing component of the ACT is not required.
  • Students applying for admission for Fall 2016* should complete the following 13 high school core courses:
    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of mathematics (at the level of algebra 1 and above)
    • 3 units of laboratory science
    • 3 units of social science
    Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. Students with higher GPAs and lower test scores, or conversely, lower GPAs and higher test scores will also be given consideration.*The current guidelines of 13 core courses will remain in effect for students seeking admission for the fall of 2016 and increase by one additional core course each year through the fall of 2018. In addition to the current core areas (4 years of English, 3 years of math at algebra l and above, 3 years of lab sciences, and 3 years of social sciences), students will have the option to count the additional credits from the existing core subject areas or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages, or American Sign Language).NDSU will accept the General Education Development (GED) certificate from applicants 19 or older. For students testing prior to 2002, an average of 45 and subject scores no lower than 40 are required. Students testing between 2002 and 2014 must present an overall average score of 450 with no subject score lower than 410. Students testing after 2014 must present scores of 150 or higher on each of the four content areas.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      282 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 282 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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    Tuition fee per credit hour

    Living costs for Fargo

    • 870 - 1260 USD/month
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