B.A. vs B.S. in Psychology: What’s the difference?


Simply stated, a B.S. will always be more science and research-based while a B.A. will always be more of a comprehensive overview of the study.  Of course, nothing is ever that simple. A B.A will focus on more of the social aspects of psychology and human behavior and psychological function. Its relative flexibility lets you pursue courses both within and beyond the discipline. A B.S. will focus on the biological, physical and chemical processes that take place within the human brain.

To make an intelligent decision on what to study you should first have an idea of where you’re looking to take your career and whether or not you plan on attending graduate school.


Consider this route if your interests  include:

  • Biopsychologist
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacist
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine


Consider this route if your interests  include:

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • User Experience Design
  • and any other more socially based jobs

Either degree will be useful in getting the applicants into grad school. The BA will leave your option open a little more while the BS will narrow down the scope but increase your chances of getting into a more science-based program.

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