Undergraduate Study

The Psychology Department at UC Riverside offers undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Psychology – Law & Society and Neuroscience.

The B.A. and B.S. degrees in Psychology are designed to give students broad exposure to fundamental knowledge in Psychology and to the methods psychologists use to conduct research. Special emphasis in research methodology, theory and experience is given to students in the B.S. degree; however, both the B.A. and B.S. prepare students for graduate studies in psychology. Graduates in Psychology often go on to careers in personnel work, government services, business administration, probation and parole, mental health work, or positions as trainees in a variety of programs and professions. Others continue to law school, medical school, or social work.

The Psychology – Law & Society B.A. degree couples Psychology with an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to the study of legal and law-like relationships and institutions. This approach provides students a coherent and rigorous program of study around the theme of law that they can view through the lens of Psychology. Many Psychology- Law & Society majors go on to graduate school in public policy or to law school. Others enter careers similar to those as traditional Psychology majors.

The Neuroscience degree, offered as both a B.A. and B.S., is an inter-college major that emphasizes the functioning of the nervous system at the molecular, cellular, system, behavioral, and cognitive levels. Some of the topics covered include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry in human and other animals.

The department offers many undergraduate research opportunities in a wide variety of laboratories in the department. General areas of study include thinking and perception, brain and behavior, development and aging, personality and motivation, language and communication, groups and identities, and health and well-being. Please see the Faculty and Research page for more information.