Outside the College of Education and Psychology, home to the BA/BS in Psychology at UT Tyler

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Gain Insight Into Human Behavior

Think about how you can make a real difference in the lives of others in East Texas and beyond. Through a rigorous introduction exposing you to multiple subdisciplines and applications, The University of Texas at Tyler’s Bachelor’s in Psychology trains you for careers in mental health, human services, advertising, business, government and more.

Choose between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree plans while accessing opportunities to conduct your own or take part in faculty research.

Why Major in Psychology at UT Tyler?

The UT Tyler curriculum approaches psychology from multiple perspectives, from understanding the workings of the brain to examining how people relate to each other and society as a whole.

Psychology majors benefit from:

  • Expert Faculty: Learn from engaged professors respected in their fields. Our faculty bring real-world insights into the classroom, including from time spent in private practice, as world-renowned researchers and as leaders in higher education.
  • Field Experiences: Choose an eight- to 16-week supervised learning experience in a laboratory, clinic or other setting to gain a better understanding of the mental health professions.
  • Honors Program: Honors students take special in-depth psychology courses and design original research projects for publication in scientific journals or conference presentations.
  • Undergraduate Research: Work with faculty to conduct empirical research on topics such as anxiety and depression prevention and brain processes in emotion regulation.
  • Networking: Become a student member of the American Psychological Association and the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and network with professionals in your field of study.


Take part in stimulating academic study that exposes you to a range of psychological specialties to help you determine the direction for your career. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science formats factor in how you intend to apply your knowledge.

The Bachelor of Arts in psychology requires a 27-semester-hour psychology core and at least 12 upper-level semester hours of general electives.

The Bachelor of Science in psychology requires a 30-semester-hour psychology core and at least nine upper-level psychology elective hours with the approval of an advisor.

All psychology majors explore the following areas:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Learning and Conditioning
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Electives include:

  • Interpersonal and Small Group Interaction
  • Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Psychology of Parenting

BA in Psychology Requirements

BS in Psychology Requirements

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?

A bachelor’s degree in psychology gives you an edge in any profession that requires you to work with and understand people, solve problems, think critically and communicate. This pathway further equips you for admission to graduate programs that lead to an academic or research career, the mental health professions or the human services field.

Careers psychology graduates pursue include:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic and Legal Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • School Psychologist
  • Sports Psychologist

A degree in psychology also opens doors to fields like teaching, law and human resources — for all of which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts above-average growth during the next decade.

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

Start Your Application

UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

July 15

Deadline for fall Talent Scholarship application.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships. Deadline for spring Talent Scholarship application.

April 15

Deadline for summer Talent Scholarship application.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.

Next Steps

Learn about the human mind and prepare for a rewarding career. Take the next step with a bachelor’s in psychology from UT Tyler.