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Welcome to the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. This is truly an exciting time to study psychology. New things are being learned everyday about how people behave, how the mind and brain work, and how that knowledge can be used to help people, organizations, and society. The Psychology Department at BGSU is deeply committed to advancing that knowledge by conducting our own research, teaching it to our students, and helping those whom we hope can benefit from it.  Our undergraduate students are given hands-on opportunities to participate in faculty-led research and to work in community agencies to help others.  Our nationally ranked doctoral programs train the next generation of leaders in the science and practice of psychology.

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What can you do with a psychology degree?

Insight into the types of careers open to you with an undergraduate psychology degree (BA or BS)  

News and Stories


"Essentials of Personnel Assessment and Selection," first published a decade ago, was considered a go–to resource for those studying industrial–organizational (I–O) psychology. It was written by BGSU faculty Drs. Bob Guion, a pioneer in the field, and Scott Highhouse. Before his death in 2012, Guion gave his co–author permission to take over the book and produce a subsequent edition when the time was right.


Congratulations to Dr. Annette Mahoney for receiving the title of Distinguished Research Professor at BGSU. Dr. Mahoney has published over 75 referred journal articles, over 30 book chapters, and has over 11,000 scholarly citations. Her 2021 book “The Science of Children’s Religious and Spiritual Development” was published by Cambridge University Press.


The BGSU Industrial-Organizational Psychology program is ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. There are over 70 doctoral programs in I-O Psychology in the United States. The ranking of the BGSU program reflects our outstanding faculty and students, and our longstanding reputation for excellence.

Psychology - Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Psychology are expected to be able to:

  • Exhibit broad knowledge about human behavior from a variety of psychological perspectives (biological, cognitive, developmental, social)
  • Demonstrate skills in research and other forms of inquiry in order to develop new knowledge about behavior
  • Communicate knowledge of psychology to others
  • Critically evaluate existing psychological knowledge

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Psychology program completed Program/Cluster Review in 2021-2022.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Psychology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Psychology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 05/20/2024 12:48PM