Ranking Top 20 Up and Coming Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology in 2014

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By Kristen Fescoe
Posted May, 2014

As more and more colleges and universities throughout the country offer Undergraduate Psychology Degrees, it is worthwhile to note those programs that are earning a reputation as Up and Comers in the academic world. The field of psychology has evolved and grown into a prolific area within the Direct Care Industry that employs more and more individuals each year. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the field of Psychology will likely experience a 12 percent rate of growth for the next ten years and beyond. With so many new jobs at almost every level of employment, this career option is becoming more and more attractive. A Bachelor’s in Psychology will offer many career opportunities in a variety of different settings. Students graduating with a psychology degree can continue their studies at a graduate level, enter the work force as a mental health technician or pursue a career in a variety of fields including healthcare, law, medicine, politics, business and education. For students seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology there are a number of degree programs being offered by “Up and Coming” schools.

Ranking Methodology

This ranking list was created to evaluate the top ranked “Up and Coming” Psychology Bachelor’s Degree programs throughout the United States. This means that while some of these colleges and universities have not reached the highest level of the various academic ranking systems, they are making changes, additions and advances that will move them to the top academic tier in the coming years. The first criterion of this ranking list is based upon each academic institutions ranking on the US News and World Reports list of “Up and Coming Schools”. This list is formulated by asking College Presidents, Provosts and Admissions Deans, throughout the United States, to elect up to 10 colleges (in their own U.S. News Best Colleges ranking category)”that are making improvements in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity and facilities. These schools are worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes.”

Second, this ranking list gives preference to schools that are fully accredited by a regional or professional accrediting group. The list is then ranked according to a combination or additional US News and World Report Ranking, tuition cost and the variety of degrees being offered by the school or program. Attention is also being paid to the percentage of applicants who are accepted into the degree program. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Ranking Top 20 Up and Coming Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology

#20 – The University of Central Florida – Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The UCF College of Science

Bachelor of Science

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge in the discipline of psychology. This Bachelor’s in Psychology offers students an affordable undergraduate psychology degree. One of the primary goals of the psychology department is to educate students to effectively evaluate psychological data that they encounter in the real world. Upon graduation, students will:

  • Understand basic psychology terminology and concepts used in statistical and research methods, physiological psychology, and history and systems.
  • Understand what constitutes scholarly sources, and be able to access them.
  • Have participated in extracurricular activities such as research, fieldwork and internships.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #20
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#170 Best National University
#94 Top Public School
#234 Best According to High School Counselors
#41 Best for Veterans
Tuition: $6,317 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Rate of Acceptance: 46.24%

#19 – Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University Up and Coming Bachelor's

The School of Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Program Website

Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, which introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives and scientific techniques of hypothesis testing in psychological science. Students will learn the theories and history of psychology as well as how to apply these psychological principles.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #19
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#52 Best National University
#36 Best According to High School Counselors
#2 Best for Veterans
Tuition: $ 46,930 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
Rate of Acceptance: 27.27%

#18 – San Diego State University – San Diego, California

San Diego State University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Program Website

The Psychology Department at San Diego State University strives to give students the theoretical and historic framework to build upon in the study of psychology. Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program students will have the option of applying to graduate programs in psychology or pursing a career in psychology or several related fields. Students will be introduced to many areas of psychology including Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Learning and Cognition, Social / Personality Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Mental Health Research.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking:#18
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#152 Best National University
#81 Top Public School
#127 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $ 6,578 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Rate of Acceptance: 31.33%

#17 – Marquette University – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Marquette University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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Klinger College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

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The Psychology Bachelor’s Program curriculum of The Klinger College of Arts and Sciences requires students complete a minimum of 128 credit hours with a minimum of a 2.0 average. All students must complete the core curriculum which includes English Composition, Literature-Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Math-Logic-Computer, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, History, Social-Behavioral Science, and Theology. To fulfill the major of psychology students will take eleven class hours:

  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • Psychological Measurement and Statistics (4 hours)
  • Research Methods and Designs in Psychology (4 hours)

Students then choose at least 3 elective courses and at least one upper division class from each of these five major “content areas” (at least 15 hours):

  • Developmental
  • Social
  • Cognitive Science
  • Clinical
  • Biological

The program learning outcomes include:

  • Demonstrate satisfactory knowledge in psychology as a science.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory skills in psychology by applying the scientific process to psychological issues.
  • Demonstrate the ethical principles underlying psychological science.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #17
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#75 Best National University
#69 Best According to High School Counselors
#49 Best Value School
Tuition: $ 34,640 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
Rate of Acceptance: 55.21%

#16 – Georgia State University – Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia State University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

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Georgia State University (GSU) is a public research university in downtown Atlanta. The Psychology Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) as well as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree options. In order to fulfill the requirements of the BA program, students must complete the general liberal arts curriculum, the psychology major curriculum and six credit hours in a foreign language. In order to fulfill the requirements of the BS program, students must complete the general liberal arts curriculum, the psychology major curriculum and nine additional credit hours in the area of math, science or lab coursework.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #16
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#195 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $9,928 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with concentration in Community Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with concentration in Community Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
Rate of Acceptance: 57.41%

#15 – Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences has created a curriculum, which approaches psychology as the science of human behavior and mental processes. The faculty teaches students to use the scientific method to describe, predict, understand and explain human behavior. Combined with related courses, the psychology undergraduate program provides students with an undergraduate background for entrance into graduate programs in psychology, medicine, law and other professions. It also provides a broad liberal arts education appropriate for a wide range of other pursuits.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #14
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#41 Best National University
#36 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $44,910 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Rate of Acceptance: 45.61%

#14 – Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Melon Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The Dietrich College of Human and Social Science

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

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At the Dietrich College of Human and Social Science students can choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BS) in Psychology or a BS in Cognitive Science. The BA degree places a focus on arts and humanities where the BS degree suggests a concentration on science. In the Psychology department, students pursuing a BS degree will be required to complete an additional eighteen credits of science courses (fulfilled by two courses beyond the College’s Science and Technology General Education requirement; both courses must come from the same content area of science, e.g., biology). The BS in Cognitive Science has its own unique set of course requirements that are relevant to the curriculum. The Cognitive Science program focused on the study of the human mind as highlighted by psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and neuroscience.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #15
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#23 Best National University
#12 Best According to High School Counselors
#39 Best Value School
Tuition: $46,962 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)
Rate of Acceptance: 27.71%

#13 – University of Southern California- Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California Up and Coming Bachelor's

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Dana and David Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Program Website

The Undergraduate Psychology Degree program at the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences provides a well-rounded curriculum that allows for students to pursue a variety of academic and professional interests, such as psychology, medicine, law, and business. Students are given a variety of research opportunities that allows them to excel academically. The learning objectives of psychology majors include:

  • Demonstrate a scientific understanding of biological, cognitive and social underpinnings of human mental processes, and behavior, including perception, learning, cognition, emotion, motivation, and social interaction
  • Demonstrate a scientific understanding of human diversity and factors influencing individual differences in life outcomes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research design for testing behavioral hypotheses
  • Demonstrate the ability to write effectively about psychological science

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #13
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#23 Best National University
#29 Best According to High School Counselors
#37 Best Value School
Tuition: $46,298 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a Concentration in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Rate of Acceptance: 19.93%

#12 – The University of Denver – Denver, Colorado

University of Denver Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The mission of the undergraduate psychology degree program of the University of Denver Department of Psychology is to promote learning by:

  • Engaging with students in scholarly inquiry about psychology
  • Cultivating critical thought about psychology
  • Providing opportunities to generate knowledge in psychological science
  • Providing opportunities to apply knowledge of psychological principles for the public good

The Bachelor of Arts Degree provides students the most flexibility and can be combined with majors from across the University. The Bachelor of Science degree is intended for students with significant science and math interests who plan to pursue graduate studies in psychology or a related field.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #12
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#91 Best National University
#127 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $ 40,707 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Neuroscience
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
Rate of Acceptance: 67.6%

#11 – Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Health and Human Science

Bachelor of Science

Program Website

Founded in 1969, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the leading urban campus of Indiana University and Purdue University. The Department of Psychological Sciences At Indiana Purdue University has been consistently ranked among the top fifty psychology departments in the country. The highly respected faculty members operate in a number of different ways, including teacher, mentor and researcher. They conduct and publish psychological research that helps advance the field of psychology. These same professionals teach more than ninety percent of the undergraduate classes, which allows students the opportunity to learn from many of these faculty members. Another strength of this department is the course offerings in almost every area of psychology, including:

  • Mental health, various forms of mental illness, and other facets of Clinical Psychology
  • Perception, attention, memory, and other facets of Cognitive Psychology
  • Infants’ understanding, children’s memory, thinking, and other facets of Developmental Psychology
  • Employee selection, motivation, and other facets of Industrial / Organizational Psychology
  • Learning & Memory in animals
  • Arousal, brain functioning, and other facets of Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Statistics, measurement of human characteristics, and other facets of Mathematical and Computational Cognitive Science
  • Stereotyping, attitudes, relationships, social influence and other facets of Social Psychology

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #11
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#68 Best National University
#24 Top Public School
#43 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $9,992 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science
Bachelor of Science in Brain and Behavioral Science
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
Rate of Acceptance: 61.33%

#10 – Portland State University – Portland, Oregon

Portland State University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State offers psychology students both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology as well as the Bachelor of Science (BS) in psychology. While both programs of study cover the same Liberal Arts core curriculum, there are curriculum differences between the two programs. Students in the BA program must earn:

  • Twelve credits in Arts and Letters (four of these credits must be in Fine and Performing Arts)
  • Four credits in Sciences and Math
  • Eight credits in Social Sciences, Sciences and Math
  • Four credits in a Foreign Language

Students working to complete the BS degree must earn:

  • Two credits in Sciences
  • Twelve credits in Arts and Letters or Social Sciences
  • Four credits in college level Math or Statistics

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #10
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#175 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $7,653 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Rate of Acceptance:
70.06%

#9 – North Carolina State University – Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Humanities and Social Science

Bachelor of Arts

Program Website

The College of Humanities and Social Science offers potential students two undergraduate program concentrations through the Department of Psychology. The first option is a General Psychology Option, which would cover the theoretical underpinnings and historical information relevant to modern psychology. The second option, the Human Resource Development Option (HRD) prepares students for a career in Human Resources. Each program offers an Honors program option to students meeting minimum requirements. The honors program offers students a more rigorous curriculum including sample graduate-level courses and a special Honors Seminar.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #9
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#101 Best National University
#47 Top Public School
#104 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $8,206 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – General Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Human Resource Development Option
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Rate of Acceptance: 49.61%

#8 – Clemson University – Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Business and Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

Clemson University is an American public, coeducational, land grant and sea-grant research university. The College of Business and Behavioral Science, with a strong research orientation, offers students the option of either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The BA program places a stronger emphasis on foreign language and humanities courses, where the BS program focuses more on science and mathematics courses. Students can choose the degree path that helps them reach their personal academic goals. Both Bachelor’s degree programs in psychology are designed to prepare students for a variation of professional careers related to human resources, personnel, counseling, and other people-oriented positions in human services, business, and industry. This program provides preparation for graduate training in such areas as biological, clinical, cognitive, counseling, developmental, experimental, health, industrial, school, and social psychology.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #8
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#62 Best National University
#21 Top Public School
#52 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $13,382 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
Rate of Acceptance: 57.87%

#7 – Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science and Dual Degree – Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

Program Website

Drexel University is a private research university with three campuses in Philadelphia and one located in Sacramento, California. The College of Arts and Sciences offers A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, which focuses on learning “how to frame useful questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, how to research their answers, and how to understand their meaning and application”. The psychology faculty specializes in a wide range of areas, including health, forensic, neuropsychology, cognitive, human experimental, and clinical psychology. Psychology majors can choose from a variety of courses outlining research methods and fundamental bases of thought and behavior. Students can also choose from specialized electives, conduct research under the supervision of faculty advisors, and have the option to engage in, internship and co-op opportunities.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #7
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#97 Best National University
#85 Best According to High School Counselors
#12 Best for Veterans
Tuition: $37,505 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Dual Degree – Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)
Rate of Acceptance: 74.86%

#6 – George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Human and Social Science

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The College of Human and Social Sciences provides students with the choice of either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program. The most significant difference between the two degree programs is the respective general education requirements and other non-major requirements of each degree. The BA degree is focused more on a traditional liberal arts degree curriculum, with such requirements as foreign language, math, science, literature, fire arts, and non-western culture. The BS degree has no foreign language requirement and there is a stronger emphasis on math, statistics and science. In choosing which is the right program, students are encouraged to consider their own academic strengths and interests to help pick a degree program that will get students closer to their ultimate academic goals.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #6
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#141 Best National University
#72 Top Public School
#85 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $ 9,908 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Rate of Acceptance: 65.75%

#5 – Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The Purdue School of Science

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The Purdue School of Science gives students several options for their psychology education. There is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program, which focuses on a liberal arts curriculum. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology places a stronger emphasis on math and science courses. Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience provides students with a research based curriculum that prepares students for employment or graduate studies in the field of neuroscience. All students seeking a psychology degree will study the following four core focus areas:

  1. Psychology is a science
  2. Behavior is a function of person variables, environmental variables, and the interaction of person and environment
  3. Psychology has evolved in a socio-historical context, and its major theoretical perspectives reflect this phenomenon
  4. Socio-cultural context influences how psychological concepts are understood and applied.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #5
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#8 Top Public School
#104 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $8,756 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
Rate of Acceptance: 67.07%

#4 –Northeastern University – Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Science

Bachelor of Science

Program Website

Northeastern University (NU) is a private nonprofit research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Psychology Department at NU takes a modern, research based approach to the study of psychology. Some of the topics that are covered in modern psychology focus on mind, brain and behavior. The program places an emphasis on empirical research with both humans and animals, psychologists investigate and seek explanations for the behavior and mental life of individuals, in addition to developing methods for promoting psychological well-being. The psychology department curriculum explores such topics as how brain function determines behavior; how we see, hear, and learn; what constitutes abnormal personality; how people develop emotionally and cognitively; and how individuals work in groups. Students learn through laboratory study and experimentation, individual research projects, and small-group seminars.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #3
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#49 Best National University
#43 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $41,686 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Rate of Acceptance: 31.86%

#3 – The University of Cincinnati- Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Cincinnati Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The Psychology Department at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science degree. The BA in psychology is designed to introduce students to the wide range of current research, history and theory within the field of psychology. The BS degree delves deeper into the empirical nature of psychology. The psychology department has designed a curriculum that progresses from “breadth to depth” so that students gain an understanding of the large range of interest and application of psychology. Students can then choose a particular area of psychology for further study.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #4
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#135 Best National University
#68 Top Public School
#215 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $10,784 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Rate of Acceptance: 67.05%

#2 – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

Arizona State University Up and Coming Bachelor's

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

Arizona State University (ASU) is a national space-grant institution and public metropolitan research university located on several campuses spread across the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan Area. ASU is the largest public university in the United States by enrollment. ASU’s Psychology department works to expose students to as many of the subfields and specialty areas in psychology as possible. Through varied coursework and other activities, psychology undergraduate student are exposed to topics as:

  • The biological and environmental risk factors that affect the mental and physical health of children
  • Ecological action, robotics, and learning processes;
  • How current emotions influence who you first notice in a room and what motivates a person to help others
  • Behavioral and neurobiological consequences of drug abuse and stress
  • Eating pathologies and the effects of affluence.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #2
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#142 Best National University
#73 Top Public School
#150 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $10,002 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science
Regional or Other Accreditations:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)
Rate of Acceptance: 87.91%

#1 – The University of Maryland – Baltimore, Maryland

University of Maryland Up and Coming Bachelor's

The College of Behavioral and Social Science

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The Department of Psychology offers two degree options for undergraduate students, The Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree and the Bachelors of Science (BS) degree. Students in both Bachelor’s Degree programs will acquire the skills and experiences required for future training or employment in the behavioral and social sciences. These skills include a strong foundation in empirical research methods, critical and creative problem solving skills, and the communication skills necessary to impart this knowledge to others. The BA and BS programs are built on a strong foundation in quantitative and research methods. Students wishing to pursue graduate study in psychology or related professional schools will have opportunities to participate in active research projects.

US News and World Report “Up and Coming School” Ranking: #1
US News and World Report National, Regional or Other Ranking:
#62 Best National University
#21 Top Public School
#52 Best According to High School Counselors
Tuition: $9,162 basic tuition, annually
Degree Options:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Regional or Other Accreditations:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Rate of Acceptance: 46.%

Opportunities for an Up and Coming Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Throughout the United States, many “Up and Coming” colleges and universities are offering Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology. While the study of psychology is a popular major at many highly ranked academic institutions, more and more programs are making changes to curriculum, courses and faculty to accommodate the evolution and growth within the study of psychology. As the desire for undergraduate psychology degrees continues to grow exponentially, more students are seeing this as a degree that can start a variety of careers. For those individuals plan to pursue a graduate degree in psychology, start a career as an entry level psychology professional or plan to pursue a career in a related field, an Undergraduate Psychology Degree  from and Up and Coming College or University may be the degree path to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

 

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