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Explore the psychology bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, you'll better understand the human experience and how you can use it to support others. 

Rooted in experiential learning, our versatile degree allows you to choose a career path that best aligns with both your personal and professional goals. Classes focus on four core areas: biological, developmental, learning and cognition, and sociocultural. Multiple electives within those topics allow you to pursue specific interests and discover ways you can make a positive impact on others. 

As the top master's-level university for undergraduate research, opportunities to collaborate with faculty on groundbreaking research projects are endless. Explore memory function and confidence, minority mental health or the impact of addictions. Innovative and state-of-the-art facilities — equipped with observation rooms and video equipment — allow you to take your learning and studies a step further. 

No matter your path, UW-Eau Claire's psychology degree program will give you the guidance, tools and knowledge needed to choose your direction and help shape lives. 

The destination location for studying psychology

UW-Eau Claire is on a mission to become the destination location in the Upper Midwest to study psychology. And a warm and welcoming environment is just the beginning of the many benefits you will find here. 

As a UWEC psychology major, you'll experience small class sizes, access to internships, the chance to participate in research and the ability to travel and study internationally. Faculty are always willing to go the extra mile, offering support and guidance. A fantastic aspect of the psychology major is the option to meet with peer advisors or learn from a student academic apprentice. These roles are held by students like you, who can offer help when selecting classes or provide insight into coursework.

Want to know more? Watch to learn about the many wonderful things that make up UW-Eau Claire's psychology program. 

Psychology degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the John R. Foss Memorial Scholarship awards $1,000 to two psychology students who are recognized leaders and mentors among their faculty and peers.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your psychology degree.  
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC

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Erika Nguyen

Finding the right fit

After years of caring for a younger brother who has autism, Erika Nguyen always knew she wanted to pursue a career that focuses on helping people. And at UW-Eau Claire, Erika found a path that will help her make a positive difference in the lives of others who — like her brother — are struggling with their mental health and other related issues.

“I went to college thinking I was going to be a doctor,” she said. “I came here, and suddenly everything changed. I knew right away that I wanted to major in psychology. Psychology just felt right.” 

Erika, who recently graduated with a psychology major and a biology minor, plans to go to graduate school to become a clinical psychologist. Her goal is to work with marginalized or underrepresented youth in an urban area such as Chicago. 

Quick facts

Psychology program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major requires a minor or certificate.
  • This program is also available as a minor. 
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Psychology Club
  • Psi Chi

Psychology bachelor’s degree program highlights

Opportunities to take your studies to the field. At UW-Eau Claire, we believe that in order to get the most out of your education, you need to have real-life experiences outside of the classroom. Many psychology majors take research trips or study abroad. Explore places like Yosemite National Park, Guatemala, Germany, Thailand and Argentina.

Innovative facilities and leading-edge technology. Test your hypothesis in one of our top-notch facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories, rooms equipped for group or individual experiments and behavior observation rooms with videotape equipment.

Supportive faculty and individualized learning. Courses are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors who know and love their fields. Through creative projects and presentations, they go out of their way to immerse you in the diverse world of psychology. Small class sizes help you form meaningful relationships and gain an even more personalized education.

Research collaboration and real-world experience. As a psychology major at UW-Eau Claire, you will find faculty who are excited to get you involved in their current research projects. You may help investigate how children with autism communicate or what motivates people. Some students choose to take their findings a step further by presenting their research at regional, national and international conferences, allowing for even more networking and learning opportunities. 

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Non-Profit and Government Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

What jobs can you get with a psychology degree from UWEC?

A psychology degree from UW-Eau Claire opens doors to career paths you may have never even thought of, like becoming a behavioral health advocate or research assistant. Many psychology students choose to continue their academic careers and earn a graduate degree so that they can work as a practicing psychologist. For those interested in becoming a school psychologist, UW-Eau Claire offers a school psychology - educational specialist degree.

Where are psychology alumni now?

Psychology careers

I loved my time at UWEC. As a result of the quality education I received here as an undergrad, I chose to continue my education as a Blugold through the school psychology graduate program. Through undergraduate experiences and help from professors along the way, I’ve found my calling.

Courtney Stearns Psychology
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From service-learning to research to finding a career

At UW-Eau Claire, one opportunity tends to lead to another. And Psychology and English major Michaela Smith’s experience is no exception.

As part of a service-learning project, Michaela worked with Reading Partners, a program that places students in local elementary schools where they assist children in literacy and reading comprehension. That opportunity led Michaela to a position at UWEC’s Human Development Center, where she conducted research on reading fluency. Michaela’s next opportunity wasn’t too far behind when she was invited to share her research at the National Association for School Psychologists Convention.

It was a journey that gave her new knowledge, insight and confidence. It also helped her identify a career path she loved.

“I realized what I was passionate about and what I wanted to do with my degree,” she explained. “My goal is to become a school psychologist and work with minority students — particularly LGBTQ+ students — to advocate for them, support them and foster their educational experiences.”

Psychology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Psychology majors will experience a rich, well-rounded liberal arts education, with classes and opportunities that go beyond what you might typically expect from a psychology program. You'll learn about a wide variety of subjects that interest you and have opportunities to further explore those you want to learn more about. Pair your major with a minor or certificate in another field that interests you for a pathway to even more careers.  

Classes for psychology majors may include:

Learn more about the psychology major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the psychology minor in the UWEC course catalog.

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