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Program(s) Available: B.A., B.A.S., B.S., Minor

Are you interested in understanding human behavior, mental processes and how people think, act and feel? A psychology degree is highly valued by employers who are looking for analytical and reasoning skills.

Why Study Psychology at Northwest

Psychology majors explore the scientific study of a person’s thoughts and behaviors. Northwest faculty help students understand three core areas: scientific research methods that enhance critical thinking skills, evidence and claims knowledge; insight into an individual’s behavior, motives and thought processes; and the understanding of the biological and social factors that contribute to human development, cognitive skills, relationships and personality.

Pick your path

Psychology B.A. or B.S. (Minor Required)

A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in psychology is available at Northwest. A minor is required with both programs. View the 4-year plan or catalog for courses and more information.

Psychology 4-YEAR PLAN (B.S.)

Psychology 4-YEAR PLAN (B.A.)

B.A.S. (for transfer students)

For transfer students the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a flexible, individually tailored degree for students pursuing a vocational, technical or associate degree. Coursework for these degrees build on workplace skills and practical career training provided by an associate degree. Students may find a B.A.S. appealing for the following reasons:

  • Shorter time to degree by maximizing the transfer of vocational and technical courses toward a four-year degree
  • Requires fewer Northwest Core courses (general education courses)
  • A personalized and flexible degree plan
  • Cost-effective

Please note this program is not a traditional four-year program. It is structured for transfer students. Check out more on the benefits of our B.A.S. programs.

Online program

Earn your bachelor’s degree on a schedule that works for you. An online program is available in psychology.

Minor program

A minor in psychology is also available. View the catalog for courses.

Career Ready

“I chose Northwest because I wanted a place where I felt at home, even though I was away from home. I came to Northwest and completely fell in love with the campus and the people. At that moment, I just knew that’s where I was going to be.” — Estella Wesseh

Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Case management
  • Mental health services

What Can I Do With a Major in Psychology?

I will listen event

Active Minds and the Behavioral Science Association at Northwest Missouri State University hosts “I Will Listen,” an event aimed at reducing stigmas surrounding mental illness and promoting discussions about mental health disorders.

I will listen event
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