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The Major

All psychology majors must complete Introductory Psychology and Principles of Psychology Research, plus 10 credits at the 4000 level and 12 credits of lower-level electives. Students have the freedom choose courses based on their own interests and needs. For example, some may select courses that focus on clinical/counseling psychology, while others on physiology and neuroscience, or childhood and development. Our flexible curriculum allows for the exploration of complementary courses in other departments, and almost half of our students are double majors.

A psychology major helps prepare a student for a wide variety of careers. Many of the careers will require some additional training beyond the BS in psychology.

Psychology majors are strongly encouraged to seek out information about possible careers, and the support that the university and department offer through academic advising and the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Psychology is a broad and interdisciplinary field that connects the natural and social sciences, and helps us to better understand our own behavior, how we make decisions, and what contributes to our health and well-being. The Psychology Department at Virginia Tech is housed within College of Science, and offers students a broad and contemporary view of the field of psychology, with an emphasis placed on research and the methods by which it is carried out.

Getting Involved

In addition to completing the course requirements, students are strongly encouraged to gain research experience in one of our labs. Many students join research labs for multiple semesters and earn course credit for their work. They gain invaluable practical experience that can give them an advantage in competing for graduate school openings or jobs. Even for students who do not want to pursue a career in research, these lab experience can teach valuable skills and look very good on a resume. You can explore all of our research labs and get to know the people running them.

To learn more about course requirements, see the student handbook available on the undergraduate student support page.