The Psychology 3+1 program is part of BGSU Firelands.  

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  • Bachelors Available

Bachelor of Arts OR Bachelor of Science

Psychology 3+1

The psychology 3 + 1 program at Firelands allows students to complete 3 years of a BGSU Bachelor of Arts or Science in Psychology degree at the Firelands campus (paying Firelands tuition and fees) and then transfer to BGSU main campus (paying BGSU tuition and fees) for the final year of the degree.

  • Setting: Full-time, part-time
  • Adjectives for a successful student: pro-science, curious, collegial

Students can complete many of the psychology degree requirements and parts or all of select minors (typically a cognate or sociology minor) at the Firelands campus, leaving the two upper level psychology laboratory courses and additional upper level arts and science courses to be completed at Bowling Green campus. Although this description lays out the general pathway, there is also considerable flexibility in how much time is spent at each campus and where certain courses are taken. For many psychology students, this collaboration can represent the best of both worlds: small college and big university!

Quality classroom experiences

Academic advisors work individually with students to plan their degree programs and small class sizes allow students to have close, personal contact with their professors. Free tutoring is readily available through the Teaching and Learning Center.

BGSU employs full-time psychology faculty, in addition to adjunct instructors, with a range of psychology experience and expertise spanning clinical psychology to social psychology to industrial/organizational psychology.

All psychology courses at BGSU Firelands are delivered entirely by Ph.D.-level instructors, all with class sizes of 40 students or fewer. These faculty collectively have ties with regional businesses and national associations, have published notable research and publicly presented in fields ranging from positive psychology to personality assessment to the teaching of psychology, and are involved in local and community boards and governance related to psychology.


Psychology is a scholarly discipline, a scientific field, and a professional activity. Its overall focus is on the study of both human and animal behavior and related mental and physiological processes. As a scholarly discipline, psychology represents a major field of study in academic settings, with emphasis on the communication and explanation of principles and theories of behavior. As a science, it is a focus of research through which investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data describing human and animal behavior, thus shedding light on the causes and dynamics of behavior patterns. As a profession, psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution or prevention of individual or social problems; the professional role also provides an opportunity for the psychologist to develop further his/her understanding of human behavior and thus to contribute to the science of psychology.

Internships & Careers

Internships are not a requirement for a baccalaureate degree at BGSU, but they can provide valuable experience and opportunities to explore various interests.

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.

Possible careers include:

  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social worker
  • Counselor
  • Educational psychologist
  • Human resource manager
  • Teacher
  • Research roles
  • Media roles

Chris Fluckinger

Associate Professor of Psychology (QR)
Director, Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
Advisor, Psychology 3+1 program

Message from the professor:
Get a BGSU psychology degree with both big and small campus experiences. Looking for small class sizes, taught only by PhD and Master’s level instructors, at low regional campus tuition/fees, with a track-record of helping students get accepted into graduate school? PSYC 3+1 at BGSU Firelands is an excellent choice!

Updated: 05/06/2024 04:53PM