The Psychology program is part of the Department of Psychology in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

  • Minor Available
  • Bachelors Available
  • Minor Available
  • Bachelors Available


Psychology, the study of mental processes and behavior, is a broad and continually growing field of study. Though many students who pursue psychology are interested in becoming counselors or psychotherapists as a way to help people with their behavioral or emotional problems, the field of psychology is broad enough to encompass other interests. Much of psychology involves the application of the scientific method to questions about how the brain works, how people learn and remember, or how businesses select good employees.

Quality classroom experiences

The psychology program is one of the largest majors on campus with a full-time faculty that is experienced and research-focused, guaranteeing that what is learned about psychology is up-to-date. Students enjoy the supportive environment and benefit from the program's facilities–all within the Psychology Building–which includes classrooms, research and clinic facilities, meeting rooms, student lounge and computer laboratory.

Stand Out in courses like

  • General Psychology
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • Intro to Cognitive Science: Minds & Brains
  • Intro to Neuroscience
  • Psyc of Child Development
  • Psyc of Adult Development & Aging


Students who study psychology learn about how to make themselves a better person, how to be more productive, how to help society, and they are prepared to pursue a career in psychology or other industries. Students will take courses in general psychology, quantitative methods, introduction to laboratory methods in psychology and depending if they are pursuing a BA or a BS, may take clinical psychology, psychology of abnormal behavior, industrial-organizational psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychology of child/adolescent/adult development, social psychology, cognitive psychology/learning and memory principles and thinking and problem solving, and neuroscience of emotions and motivations.


The industrial and organizational psychology graduate program is ranked #2 in the nation.

Internships and Careers

Internships are not a requirement for a baccalaureate degree at BGSU, but they can provide valuable experience and opportunities to explore various interests. Because the psychology faculty are  active in many areas of research, undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue their own research projects in psychology, or to work with faculty members on existing research projects. Some of the current research projects include attitudes about ethnic foods, preschool gender and race attitudes, discriminatory experiences in Arab and Muslim adolescents, and medical implications of additional diseases on motivation and religious coping

A considerable number of Bowling Green psychology majors go on to graduate study for advanced degrees in psychology or in other professions such as law, social work, business, health care, and medicine. Those who do not go on for further study have been successful in obtaining employment in a variety of areas. Many work in mental health care settings, schools, or social agencies, while others pursue careers in government in one of the three general areas of research, personnel, or management.

Go Far in your career

  • Counselor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Community mental health services
  • Community relations

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$34,959* – Psychology graduates average starting salary according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers

100% of Psychology graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

BGSU has one of Ohio’s most active psychology research programs, which provides numerous opportunities for students to gain research experience as an undergraduate.

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The Psychology program is part of the Department of Psychology in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 08/28/2020 10:08AM