Psychology


Your Future in Psychology

Are you interested in how people think? Are you fascinated by people’s motivations or buying habits?

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas can prepare you for an entry-level position in:

  • Community mental health facilities
  • Consumer advertising
  • Market research analysis
  • Personnel management
  • Public relations for large corporations

The degree can also prepare you to enter the medical profession, law school or a seminary. To become a practicing psychologist, you’ll need to earn a master’s or doctoral degree. Some of our alumni with advanced degrees work:

  • As researchers studying psychological conditions associated with health and illness
  • As school psychologists, industrial or organizational psychologists for large corporations, or experimental psychologists
  • In behavioral medicine helping people improve their health
  • In clinics, hospitals, community mental health agencies, universities or private practices

What we offer

You’ll learn the many ways that knowledge is applied to everyday life through the scientific study of emotions, thinking and behavior. The rigorous curriculum examines:

The history of psychology, studying the behavior of certain groups while learning the basic experimental procedures and techniques for interacting with patients or clients

  • Human relationships
  • Learning and memory
  • Mental illness
  • People’s adjustment to different environments
  • Personality development

Our faculty members are outstanding researchers and teachers, and many are licensed psychologists. They’re also recognized as experts in their field and have received national awards for their work from the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies, American Psychological Association and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Their research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

We provide research opportunities under faculty direction. Our students have published research in major psychology journals, have won undergraduate research competitions and earned grants for future research.

You can meet other students who share your interest in psychology through the Psi Chi international psychology honor society.

What to expect

Your necessary course work will vary depending on the bachelor’s degree you pursue. Each degree requires 35 semester hours of psychology courses consisting of core courses and electives. The breakdown is:

  • B.S. degree — 23 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of electives
  • B.A. degree — 17 credit hours of core courses and 18 credit hours of electives

Each degree program also requires 4 credit hours of statistics. The B.S. degree is recommended if you plan to enter a graduate psychology program leading to a doctoral degree.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT.