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Psychology, B.A.

Exploring the complexities of the mind and behavior of humans and animals is at the heart of Psychology at Cal Poly Humboldt, which is among the largest majors here. Students passionate about Psychology who have a spirit for adventure come from around the state to learn about all the things that make us, well, us. Led by supportive faculty, our rigorous program is grounded in the practical experiences that you need to be prepared for today’s workforce or a post baccalaureate degree. In other words, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology can take you places, whatever your next step in life may be after graduation.

Why this Program

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct research in one of several labs—an experience often reserved for graduate students.

We prepare our students to apply their knowledge and skills from psychology to create a socially just and equitable society.

Our courses address the impact of culture and context on human functioning, fostering an appreciation for differences through research and applied experiences.

Psychology students in class

Academics & Options

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides excellent preparation for careers and graduate school. Students find rewarding careers in mental health and human services, social welfare, education, business, law, medicine, and other fields. They’re also routinely accepted into master’s and prestigious Ph.D. programs. 

While we do offer some courses online, we are not an online program.

Did You Know?

Pursue your bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal Poly Humboldt, and then enroll in our Academic Research M.A. program as an undergraduate during your senior year.

Participate in several hands-on learning opportunities and earn units toward your degree, including serving as a teaching assistant or research assistant in one of our many research labs.  

Present and publish research as an undergraduate. Each year, we take students to present their work at professional academic conferences.  

Complete your own project when you enroll in an independent studies course or senior honors thesis. 

Experience unique courses such as Community Psychology, which includes a service placement at a local community organization.

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Students develop highly marketable skills such as the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data, write reports, exhibit interpersonal skills, and communicate effectively. An undergraduate degree is also helpful in many health and mental health positions, and for careers in areas such as college admissions, human resources, management training, survey research, customer relations, and more.

  • Academic Counselor
  • Behavioral Medicine Practitioner
  • Behavioral Technician
  • Clinical Psychologist 
  • College Instructor 
  • Conflict Resolution Mediator
  • Corrections Officer 
  • Counselor/Therapist 
  • Data Analyst
  • Day Care Center Director
  • Early Childhood Specialist 
  • Forensic Psychologist 
Psychology students in class

Ready to find what
your future holds?