Experimental Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Program Overview

Conduct research at the undergraduate level so you stand out when you apply to graduate school with the experimental psychology bachelor’s degree program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. This experimental psychology concentration also prepares you for a psychology career through hands-on clinical experience that puts into practice the theory you learn in the classroom.

Focus on the whole person: body, mind, and spirit

By earning your undergraduate degree in psychology from Franciscan, a Catholic university, you’ll be immersed in a psychology degree program that has a respect for the human person at its core. Through courses taught by Catholic professors who are experts in the psychology field, you’ll grow in your appreciation of the God-given dignity and uniqueness of every person. You’ll learn to care for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

Explore More of the Experimental Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Program

Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s experimental psychology bachelor’s degree program stands out from the rest:

  • Financial aid and scholarships: Receive information about scholarships and financial aid as well as how to apply through the Franciscan Office of Financial Aid.
  • Research focus: Be well positioned to pursue your master’s degree and PhD through an undergraduate program in psychology that features research methods and ethics courses. You’ll also stand out from applicants from larger private and public universities by conducting your own research and working with Franciscan University professors on their research projects — as an undergraduate. Your research can lead to publication and to presenting at national conferences.
  • Hands-on internships: In your fourth year of study, in addition to your senior thesis or senior seminar, you’ll gain the practical experience you need for your advanced studies through a 150-hour internship in a research setting — anywhere in Ohio or across the United States.
  • Psychology honor society: Enhance your degree in psychology by joining the Franciscan chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Open to undergraduate psychology majors who are in the top 35 percent of their class, Psi Chi membership is an honor you can note on your graduate school application and future applications for psychology jobs. Psi Chi members continue their education more than the average student population.
  • Neuroscience minor: Strengthen your Franciscan University psychology degree by earning a neuroscience minor. Choose from electives, such as Animal Behavior and Abnormal Psychology.
  • Psychology minor: Round out your Franciscan University education with a minor in psychology. In the light of the Catholic faith, discover the beauty of the human mind, body, and spirit—and develop insights that can assist you in any field of study.
  • Experienced faculty: Your psychology professors are devoted to the Catholic Church and to developing you into a joyful disciple of Christ in your future psychology career. They are highly experienced in the field and actively engaged in research. They’ll mentor you — in the classroom and lab — and they’ll often write recommendations for you as you pursue your graduate studies.
What Can You Do With an Experimental Psychology Degree?

By developing strong research skills and ethical research principles grounded in the Catholic faith, you’ll have the experience many private and public universities look for when admitting students to their graduate programs. You’ll also be well prepared to earn a salary in psychology.

Graduate Programs for Experimental Psychology Majors

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts or Master of Science in Experimental Psychology
  • Master of Arts or Master of Science in Psychology
  • PhD in Experimental Psychology

Potential Job Titles for Experimental Psychology Majors

  • College Professor
  • Grant Writer
  • Lab Technician
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Journalist
Senior Thesis and Senior Seminar

As part of the capstone experience at Franciscan University, students complete either a senior thesis or senior seminar. Typically, a student begins to identify areas in the field that spark particular interest and excitement. Commonly these areas contribute to the identification of a narrow topic to be explored for the thesis/seminar. In cases of a double major, an integrated topic is often a student’s choice. Both projects allow students to immerse themselves more deeply into a topic of choice related to the field of psychology. Senior thesis is the written form of this project, and seminar is an oral presentation.

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Beyond the Classroom
The Franciscan Institute for Science and Health

The Franciscan Institute for Science and Health (FISH) is an initiative of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a mission to provide real-world experience and hands-on training to every Franciscan undergraduate science major and Engineering Dual-Degree student.

National Research Conferences

Each year you’ll have opportunities to attend and present research along with your Catholic Franciscan University professors and other psychology majors at national conferences, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), and the Society for

Study Abroad in Austria

Gain a deeper awareness of yourself and bring your psychology degree course work to life through Franciscan University’s Austria Program. You’ll take psychology, history, philosophy, theology, and other courses taught by Franciscan professors, and then have long weekends to explore Europe. Join about 200 students from Franciscan University and other private and public universities during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Neuroscience.

Psychology Degree Options

Through this program, you can choose either a bachelor of arts in psychology or a bachelor of science in psychology. The bachelor of arts offers a wider humanities view while the bachelor of science provides a broader science background. Choose the bachelor in psychology that best fits the goals you have for your future psychology career.

Related Programs

Still undecided? You might also be interested in these other undergraduate degree programs at Franciscan that are similar to the experimental psychology bachelor’s degree.

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Dr. Sabrina Bierstetel

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Dr. Regina Boerio

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Dr. Joanne Storm Gallagher

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