Undergraduate Program

Boston University’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences offers great opportunities for both classroom learning and hands-on research for undergraduates. You will get the chance to learn from faculty who are leaders in their field—U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston University #37 in the world (tied with Cornell University) for the strength of its combined psychiatry/psychology faculty research strength—a ranking to which BU psychological and brain sciences faculty contribute greatly. 

Here are a few highlights:

  • The BU Study Abroad Program in London offers internships in Psychology and Health Sciences. BU Psychology majors also have the opportunity to study abroad at a diverse array of other international locations.
  • BU Psychology majors have the opportunity to take advanced coursework and participate in research in Clinical Psychology, Child Development and Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • In spring of 2017, the new BU Cognitive Neuroimaging Center opened on Commonwealth Avenue. This center, directed by Professor Chantal Stern, offers Cognitive Neuroscience research opportunities for undergraduate Psychology students.
  • Work with many decorated professors and accomplished researchers, such as Professor Peter Blake who investigates the development of a sense of fairness in children across different cultures.

Psychology uses scientific methods to describe, predict, understand, and explain human behavior. Combined with appropriate related courses, the major provides students with an undergraduate background for graduate programs in psychology and other disciplines such as medicine, law, and public policy. Faculty members are currently involved in research in a number of areas including, memory, cognitive neuroscience, computational approaches, neurophysiology, vision sciences, behavioral genetics, child cognition, autism, anxiety and related disorders, and addiction.