​​Undergraduate Programs

SPU’s psychology program offers you learning that is rooted in science, informed by faith, and applied in real-world settings.

Anne Barkett

Anne Barkett ’09 advocates for disempowered groups in Guatemala.

The BA program prepares you for a wide variety of careers or graduate training in the social and behavioral sciences. The BS program combines behavioral and natural sciences, and is particularly relevant for you if you are interested in the more experimental or biological side of psychology.

No matter which degree option you choose, SPU’s psychology program aims to:

  • Provide you with solid academic and experiential grounding in the theory, research, and practice of the field of psychology.
  • Prepare and inspire motivated and able students to enter and contribute to the field of psychology.
  • Nurture you toward valuing yourself and others as persons of worth, created in God’s image.
  • Empower you to act in this world by celebrating God’s human and non-human creation, showing mercy and compassion to the vulnerable, and challenging and changing aspects of society that deny or denigrate persons.

Choosing a psychology program


Rigorous and comprehensive, our curriculum maps onto the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Our students thrive and acquire skills easily applied to the workforce or post-graduate study through the rich developmental learning process we cultivate.

What is psychology? Learn how we define and approach the subject, and what it can mean for your future.

Apply for a Psychology major. (Applications accepted the first two weeks of each quarter only.)

Research and Teaching Labs

Graduate and undergraduate students have a chance to work with SPU professors in ongoing, real-world research.

Catherine Moffett

Catherine Moffett’s Story

My mom is an elementary school teacher and my dad is a pastor. Certain aspects of their professions began to intrigue me, which is why I decided to pursue degrees in psychology and sociology and become an elementary school counselor.

Undergraduates: Here’s What It Costs

Not quite sure what each of these undergraduate programs is going to cost?