Psychology, B.A.

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UC Merced Psychology Program

The undergraduate major in Psychology provides students with an understanding of the major questions and methodologies across Psychology, including a common core of statistical and experimental methods courses. Upper division courses and projects allow students to explore the various substantive specialties in psychology, and to identify the areas of psychology that they might wish to pursue further. Many students with an undergraduate degree in psychology go on to graduate study in psychology or closely related fields such as cognitive science or organizational behavior. The psychology program strongly encourages further graduate study, and supports its undergraduate majors in reaching this goal by providing opportunities to work with faculty on research.

The Psychology major also prepares undergraduates for many other careers even without further graduate training. The American Psychological Association reports that only about 5% of 1997 and 1998 bachelor’s degree psychology major graduates had taken a job that is actually in psychology. Most psychology major graduates—about two thirds—took employment in private sector business settings. Graduates with an undergraduate psychology major are highly marketable because they are trained to have good research and writing skills, to be effective problem solvers in both team and individual settings, and to use critical thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information.

What Can You Do With A Psychology Degree?

  • Annual Job Openings in CA: 96,174
  • 10-year projected job market growth:16.7%
  • Median wage in California: $94,154

Upon graduation, you might become*:

  • Operations Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • *Clinical Psychologist
  • *Counseling Psychologist
  • *Marriage and Family Therapist
  • *School Psychologist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Child, Family and School Social Worker

*Careers with * typically require further education and training.