Psychological Science

  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

In-Person Plus at:

  • Castleton, VT
  • Johnson, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Also available online

The associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology at Vermont State University are affordable, accessible, and flexible while offering the same cutting-edge curriculum as larger universities. You will get real-world experience through internships as well as research opportunities in our faculty’s psychology research labs. You can choose from a menu of courses, tailoring your program to your interests while preparing for careers in mental health, education, health care, or business. You will have access to the full range of psychology courses across Vermont State University, regardless of your home campus.

*See also Applied Psychology & Human Services. 

*See also Forensic Psychology.

Why Study Psychological Science at Vermont State?

  • Accelerated program: Complete your B.S. in Psychology degree in 3 or 3½ years, saving time and money while standing out to employers with our accelerated track.
  • Jobs in a variety of fields: Graduates have successful careers in a variety of fields, including psychology, law, business, medicine, and education.
  • Career readiness: You will gain real-world experience by completing at least one internship before graduating. With hundreds of internship sites to choose from, you can find what best fits your professional interests. Over 60% of interns are offered jobs directly from their internship sites.
  • Cutting-edge topics: You will have opportunities to conduct hands-on research experience using virtual reality, a behavioral genetics lab where we study the genetics of addiction in a fruit fly model, a language and cognitive development lab, an infant development lab, and a cognitive neuroscience lab.
  • World-class curriculum: The Vermont State curriculum follows the recommendations of the American Psychological Association. You will study the same cutting-edge psychology offered at larger universities around the world.
  • Easy transition to additional education: Associate’s degree students will be able to smoothly transition into a bachelor’s degree program in Psychology at Vermont State. Our bachelor’s degree program includes guidance in preparing for graduate study in psychology, whether students are pursuing a Vermont State master’s program or graduate study at the master’s or doctoral level elsewhere.

Financial Aid for Psychological Science Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in psychology to students across Vermont and Beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Experiential Learning in Psychology

Our students enjoy a diverse range of experiential learning opportunities that help them apply psychological knowledge to real-world settings while developing a professional network and engaging in career exploration.

  • Psychology students can engage in research with full-time faculty members, and/or receive funding to pursue and present their own research at regional and national conferences.
  • Student interns have worked in the following roles: one-to-one therapeutic educational aid, research technician, youth and adult program manager, therapeutic equine assistant, adaptive ski instructor, behavior interventionist, psychiatric medical assistant, mental health care coordinator, residential specialist, individual support specialist, community outreach coordinator, and victim advocate.
  • This work has brought our student interns to Johnson Elementary School, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (UVM Medical Center), Lamoille Family Center, Rutland Parent Child Center, Laraway Youth and Family Services, Lamoille County Mental Health, Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, Restorative Justice, and Vermont Department of Parole and Probation.
  • The Johnson and Castleton campuses have partnered with more than 700 internship sites combined, but students also have the ability to take advantage of summer internship opportunities, as well as opportunities near their own communities and beyond Vermont’s borders.
  • Students have opportunities for hands-on research experience using virtual reality, a behavioral genetics lab where we study the genetics of addiction in a fruit fly model, a language and cognitive development lab, an infant development lab, and a cognitive neuroscience lab.

Minor in Psychological Science

Interested in adding a minor to your degree program? You can minor in Psychological Science.

Student Stories

A young woman with dark hair smiles at the camera as she stands next to a giant poster with her final project.

“I have learned much more about myself along the way. In turn, I have been able to plan my future. I fell in love with psychological research throughout the course and intend to pursue it as a career.”

Shannon Moriarity ’16
A young woman with long blond hair in a purple dress shirt stands in a library smiling at the camera.

“Making connections and becoming a leader are things I really didn’t see myself doing. I’ve found myself and gained all the skills I have through the encouragement of the people in this program.”

Colleen Hagan ’18