College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain and behavior, with the ultimate goal of promoting healthy minds and society. The Psychology major provides a broad curriculum coupled with opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and applied fieldwork. The BA focuses on developing scientific reasoning skills to address issues at the forefront of the field of psychology, including optimizing human potential, promoting social equity and providing insight into the brain and behavior. The BS involves deeper specialization in data analysis and scientific research. Psychology is a versatile major, with career pathways in science and research, education, law, medicine, health and human services, politics and public policy.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: B.A., B.S.

Topic: Health, Natural sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

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  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes