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Psychology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Students in Western Carolina University’s baccalaureate Psychology program scientifically approach the study of the mind and behavior in courses taught by faculty with expertise in clinical, school, forensic, evolutionary and developmental psychology.
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Key facts:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the Western Carolina University provides students with the first level of education required to pursue careers in more specialized fields.  Students deciding to major in other areas find that a minor in psychology can be very helpful.
  • After completing foundational courses such as research design and analysis, students select courses that align with their career goals. They may study child development or forensic psychology in courses selected to fulfill course requirements in developmental psychology, personality and social psychology, biological bases of behavior, learning and cognition, and applications in psychology. Faculty members encourage students to conduct research and discuss psychology trends and methods at a monthly research colloquium. WCU’s Psi Chi and Psychology Club coordinates social and service activities, and the department periodically offers travel courses. Students often complement their studies with a second major or minor.
  • The insights students gain as well as the analytical and communication skills they acquire prepare them for jobs ranging from human resources to case management positions. Students also go on to pursue advanced degrees necessary to become school counselors, researchers or clinicians who provide counseling or mental health services.Graduates interested in working in the field of psychology typically pursue graduate degrees in counseling or psychology to obtain research positions or become licensed to provide clinical or mental health services. Psychologists work in independent practices and at hospitals and healthcare facilities, substance abuse treatment clinics, social service agencies, schools and universities, government agencies, and nonprofit and social service organizations.
  • Graduates who complete WCU's Master of Arts in Psychology with a focus on clinical practice have gone on to doctoral programs in states from Texas to New York, and most, if not all students, who completed the degree but did not continue their studies were successful in obtaining licensure as a psychological associate or finding jobs in research settings.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Psychology curriculum include:

  • General Psychology 
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • History of Psychology
  • Senior Seminar in Psychology 
  • Developmental Psychology I: Childhood 
  • Social Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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