Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences
As the science concerned with the study of behavior, psychology includes such areas as learning and memory, motivation, sensory processes and perception, biological bases of behavior, social interactions, aging and development, personality, and clinical and abnormal psychology.
Undergraduate study in psychology provides a sound basis for professional graduate training on the MA or PhD level in psychology. The psychology major may also provide important intellectual tools for those considering careers in management, law, education, social work, public relations, and health-related professions.
University College programs in psychology are allied with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in Arts and Sciences at Washington University. Courses are normally scheduled one evening a week for two and a half hours. Most courses are three units.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
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We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.
Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Students majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences in University College must also complete a minimum of 33 units in psychology, including the following:
- Introduction to Psychology (U09 100)
- Introductory Psychological Statistics (U09 300)
- Research Methods (U09 3015)
Five upper-level (300-400) psychology courses as indicated below:
Group A - Social/Personality (at least one course):
- Introduction to Social Psychology (U09 315)
- Psychology of Personality (U09 353)
- Cross-Cultural Psychology (U09 381)
Group B - Abnormal/Affective (at least one course):
- Abnormal Child Psychology (U09 3195)
- Perspectives on Counseling (U09 330)
- Abnormal Psychology: The Major Mental Disorders (U09 354)
- Addiction and Treatment (U09 488)
Group C - Biological/Neurological (at least one course):
- Biological Psychology (U09 3401)
- Cognitive Neuroscience (U09 3604)
Group D - Behavior/Cognition (at least one course):
- Cognitive Psychology (U09 359)
- Learning and Memory (U09 365)
Group E - Lifespan Development (at least one course):
- Social Gerontology (U09 308)
- Developmental Psychology (U09 322)
- Psychology of Adolescence (U09 325)
- Psychology of Aging (U09 3261)
To complete the psychology major, students must complete 3 additional electives in psychology at the 300-400 level. A maximum of three units of independent study may apply to the major. Learn more about independent study and internships in Psychology.
- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
Note: University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- SPRING 2021: DEC. 30, 2020
- SUMMER 2021: APRIL 15, 2021
- FALL 2021: JULY 15, 2021
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
All international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission.
For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.
Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.