Do you want to make a positive impact on society and work closely with those in your community to improve their daily lives? One way to do this is by working in the field of psychology.
Prospective psychology professionals can pursue multiple paths in this field. Two of the most direct include earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology or a Bachelor of Science in psychology. But what makes these two degrees different? What qualities make a BA or a BS a better fit for you? Let's explore the similarities and differences between both online degrees at Arizona State University.
What do a BA and BS in psychology have in common?
“Both provide a solid foundation in psychology,” noted Sarah Gavac, director of the psychology digital immersion programs at ASU. “Both provide the same choice in upper division cognitive science and social/developmental focus area classes, and the same selection of psychology elective courses.”
Both of ASU Online’s BA and BS in psychology programs span 120 credit hours, contain roughly 40 total classes and can typically be completed in four years. Each program’s curriculum combines theoretical psychology and practical coursework, with required coursework covering foundational subjects of psychology. Whether you’re on the BA or BS track, you’ll have opportunities to network and collaborate.
What are the key differences in the curriculum?
The BA curriculum is tailored to be more holistic and has a broader view of the field. In the BA, you’ll often take arts and humanities classes alongside core courses for an interdisciplinary perspective. BA in psychology students learn the same fundamentals as BS students, but the BA places a greater emphasis on skills such as writing, critical thinking and research methods.
The BS curriculum is more focused on the major, with fewer classes in the arts and humanities. As a result, you may take a greater number of classes related to the technical and practical skills of your desired industries, as opposed to general courses.
The BS program also has an additional statistics requirement (PSY 330: Statistical Methods) in addition to the introductory statistics class included in both tracks. BS majors are also required to complete one life science lecture/lab course in addition to the general studies natural science requirements.