As a student in one of our two undergraduate majors, you’ll gain a broad foundation in psychology and find out what makes people tick by exploring the human brain and mind. The psychological sciences major offers maximum flexibility to tailor coursework to your interests, while the brain and behavioral sciences major emphasizes neuroscience and cognitive science. Students within both majors can earn course credit for work within faculty research labs. You may also apply to our Research-Focused Honors Program beginning in your junior year to conduct an independent research project under the close supervision of a faculty member.
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Advance research in one of our six graduate training areas, each culminating in a PhD.
- Clinical Psychological Sciences
- Cognitive Psychology
- Industrial-Organizational Psychology
- Mathematical and Computational Psychology
- Neuroscience and Behavior
- Social Psychology
The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Psychological Statistics.Frequently Asked Questions
The department’s world-renowned faculty cover a wide range of topics to push the boundaries in the psychology field. Psychological Sciences faculty have developed research programs on topics, including diversity and inclusion, individual differences in behavior, learning and memory, behaviors that prevent individuals from adapting to new circumstances, behaviors associated with food and eating, perception and performance, and social relationships.Learn More
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, equity and inclusion is paramount to our learning, research and mental health services in the Department of Psychological Sciences. We offer a variety of courses that examine diversity and inclusion, stereotyping and prejudice, human behavior, ethics, and more. Likewise, we offer opportunities to help support personal and professional growth and foster a sense of connection for Psychological Sciences students through the Purdue Psychology Mentor Program, which provides resources for mentoring relationships for undergraduate and graduate students.Learn More
Faculty engage with the community in a variety of ways through their research, from investigating mental health in rural Indiana farmers to developing therapies for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. The department also offers several clinics to serve individuals and families in the community, including the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics, the Adult Services Clinic, the Child Behavior Management Clinic and the Assessment Clinic.Learn More