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The Psychology major at the University of Washington Bothell offers students the opportunity to study social problems and improve the well-being of people in their communities. While the field draws heavily from psychology, it also draws from texts and research in sociology, community development, ecology, public health, anthropology, cultural and performance studies, public policy, social work, and social justice movements. Through community based research, community psychologists produce knowledge that can inform social policies, social service work, helping practices, and community change.


Students in the Psychology major are passionate about understanding the well-being of individuals and communities. Students who thrive examining social problems, by engaging in community based learning, will thrive within the Psychology major.


Courses in the Psychology major focus on theory and practice in psychology. Students also learn research methods in various fields including sociology, public health, anthropology, cultural studies, and social justice.


Using their background in Psychology, graduates have pursued careers in human services, community development, mental health, family and youth programs, counseling, program evaluation, community arts, and public relations.

Major requirements

Recommended preparation

If you would like to explore the major, consider taking one of the below courses. Any of these selections will help familiarize you with the academic program and prepare you for advanced coursework in the major.

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics
  • BIS 220 Developmental Psychology
  • BIS 222 Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • BIS 225 Social Psychology
  • BIS 270 Abnormal Psychology


Students must complete the following prerequisites, with a minimum 2.0 grade, to to declare the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major. Once all have been completed you can submit a declaration form, follow this link to the IAS Major Declaration Form

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology (or PSYCH 101 equivalent)
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics (or B MATH 215, B BUS 215, STAT 220, STAT 290, or equivalent)
  • B WRIT 133, B WRIT 134, or ENGL 131
  • B WRIT 135 or ENGL 141

Degree requirements

  • One Psychology Core Course- min. 2.0 grade (5 credits)
    • BISPSY 343: Community Psychology
    • BISPSY 348: Cultural Psychology
    • BISPSY 337: Risk and Resilience
    • BISPSY 350: Intergroup Relations
  • BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research- min. 2.0 grade (5 credits)
  • 200 Level Psychology Courses* (10 credits)
  • Upper Division Psychology Courses* (15 Credits)
  • Psychology Electives* (10 credits)
  • Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)

Total = 70 Credits
*IAS will maintain the list of courses.

School of IAS Requirements & Policies

  • Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be completed in residency at UW Bothell
  • Cumulative GPA Requirement: Major GPA must be at a cumulative of 2.00 or higher
  • Interdisciplinary Practices & Reflection (IPR): The IPR requirement can overlap with 70 credit major coursework or it can be completed through elective credits. Please see the IPR page for course options.
  • Upper Division Credit Policy: Of the credits applying to Psychology major requirements, a minimum of 35 credits must be completed at the Upper Division (300-400) level.

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Learning objectives

The Psychology curriculum advances the five core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Psychology:

  1. Develop an understanding of human development and well-being within an ecological framework.
  2. Draw upon the strengths and perspectives of diverse stakeholders in defining and solving social problems.
  3. Utilize interdisciplinary methods and approaches to community action and research.
  4. Understand, evaluate and participate in the development of effective intervention, prevention, and health promotion strategies and programs for individuals, small groups, and communities.
  5. Integrate knowledge across disciplines and contexts in ways that respect different approaches to understanding human development and well-being.
  6. Work collaboratively across diverse groups and organizations through community-based experience and internships.


Please contact the Psychology Faculty Coordinator if you have any questions, concerns or ideas about the Psychology major.

To declare the Psychology major, please contact the First Year and Pre-Major Programs.

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A. Psychology core courses

  • BISPSY 337 Risk and Resilience
  • BISPSY 343 Community Psychology
  • BISPSY 348 Cultural Psychology
  • BISPSY 350 Intergroup Relations

B. Research Methods courses

  • BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research Methods (min 2.0 grade)

C. 200 Level Psychology Courses (10 credits)

  • BIS 220 Developmental Psychology
  • BIS 222 Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • BIS 225 Social Psychology
  • BIS 270 Abnormal Psychology

D. Upper Division Psychology courses (15 credits)

  • BIS 316 Topics in Psychology (can be taken maximum 3 times, different topics)
  • BIS 348 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • BIS 349 Personality Psychology
  • BIS 364 Realities & Representations of Adolescent Development
  • BIS 368 Asian American Psychology
  • BIS 369 Indigenous Psychology and Health
  • BIS 422 Clinical Psychology
  • BIS 438 Prevention and Promotion
  • BIS 449 Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • BIS 450 Decolonizing Psychology
  • BISPSY 337 Risk and Resilience (If not taken as a core)
  • BISPSY 343 Community Psychology (if not taken as a core)
  • BISPSY 348 Cultural Psychology (if not taken as a core)
  • BISPSY 350 Intergroup Relations (if not taken as a core)

E. Psychology electives (15 credits)

  • BIS 115 Digital Cultures
  • BIS 165 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • BIS 180 Introduction to Human Geography
  • BIS 181 Introduction to Sociology
  • BIS 193 Introduction to Philosophy
  • BIS 226 Foundations of US Social Services
  • BIS 230 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • BIS 232 Intro to Data Visualization
  • BIS 235 Critical Media Literacy
  • BIS 249 Introduction to Labor Studies
  • BIS 256 Intro to African American Studies
  • BIS 257 Intro to Asian American Studies
  • BIS 258 Intro to Latinx Studies
  • BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies
  • BIS 279 Introduction to Law & Society
  • BIS 282 Introduction to Globalization
  • BIS 307 Environmental Justice
  • BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights
  • BIS 352 Mapping Communities
  • BIS 353 Human Rights in Theory and Practice
  • BIS 365 Institutions and Social Change
  • BIS 367 Ethics and Society
  • BIS 380 Bioethics
  • BIS 384 Health, Medicine and Society
  • BIS 412 Advanced Data Visualization
  • BIS 445 Meanings and Realities of Inequality
  • BIS 448 Social Policy
  • BIS 456 Climate Anxiety, Grief, and Resilience
  • BIS 483 Community Organizing
  • BIS 489 Projects in Community Psychology
  • BISAES 305 Power, Dissent, and American Culture
  • BISAES 367 Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • BISGST 303 History and Globalization
  • BISGWS 301 Critical Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis
  • BISSTS 231 Genes, Genomes and Heredity
  • B BIO 310 Brain & Behavior
  • B BIO 320 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • B BIO 394 Special Topics in Neuroscience
  • B BIO 480 Neurobiology

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