Undergraduate Major


Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Because of this focus, psychology is relevant to many other areas of study both inside and outside of the social and behavioral sciences. The Psychology program at USF’s St. Petersburg campus provides access to world-class faculty who study psychological issues across the lifespan, including infant-family mental health and co-parenting; severe behavior disorders; the impact of pediatric illness on psychosocial functioning during childhood and adolescence; parent-teen relationships; sexual and reproductive health among youth; depression; social perception and judgment; and cognitive functioning in older adults. 


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Psychology, with individual concentrations in Advanced Research Experience in Psychology or Diversity on the St. Petersburg campus. 

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This bachelor of arts program offers students a well-rounded liberal arts and science education. The program provides excellent training for students who wish to pursue graduate work in such disciplines as clinical, cognitive, social, developmental, counseling, management, medicine, law and health sciences. The undergraduate major emphasizes the breadth of psychology, while allowing the student opportunities to select electives to pursue in depth research of a particular field. 

USF’s St. Petersburg campus is home to the Family Study Center and the following research labs: REACH Youth Center, Motivated Attention and Perception Lab, the iCARE Lab, the Parent-Adolescent Relationships Lab and the Social Judgment Lab. Motivated students are encouraged to participate in research conducted in these labs. 

Graduates have gone on to pursue additional graduate training and doctoral degrees in psychology, and have obtained positions at nonprofits and governmental agencies such as the Juvenile Welfare Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Department of Health. 


Always refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for degree requirements. Students will normally begin progress toward the major by taking at least one course from the major core, as these often serve as prerequisites for the electives. Students are urged to consult with the Psychology advisor to create the most beneficial set of courses. 


For questions about this program, contact an Academic Advisor.