Think about it.

Whether you’re interested in why people behave and think the way they do, how social cues influence interactions, or how to effectively treat depression, autism and a range of other disorders—it’s all psychology. Mercyhurst University’s Department of Psychology will prepare you to delve into the neurobiological, sociocultural and emotional processes underlying human behavior. As a psychology major, you’ll build a strong foundation in the traditional areas of psychological theory and experimentation, as well as the specialized areas within the field that address human development, behavior, thinking, motivation, learning, emotion and social interaction. Coursework allows you to explore the mind, behavior and the links between them as you learn to understand and solve human problems—excellent preparation for careers both within and beyond the field of psychology.

Fast Facts

  • The Psychology Department is housed in Briggs Hall, which features 6,000 square feet devoted to psychological science, including a computer lab, lab areas for research, and the Laboratory for Addictive and Impulsive Behavior
  • Psych majors regularly present at professional conferences, such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (San Diego), the Eastern Psychological Association (New York City), and the Association for Psychological Science (Boston)

  • In the Spring, our graduating seniors took a nationally-normed exam for psychology (Area Concentration Achievement Test) and scored in the 91st percentile (better than 91% of other students taking the test, nation-wide)

  • Our "Majoring in Psychology" course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the variety of ways you can use a psychology degree in the workplace

  • Psychology majors choose one of three tracks—the general track, the applied track and the research track—to specialize their study based on career and educational goals

  • Get involved at the professional level. Our majors frequently collaborate in research and lab work, as well as attend professional conferences

 The Neuroscience Concentration is an interdisciplinary program that combines classes from the Departments of Biology and Psychology. The multifaceted field of Neuroscience applies basic knowledge about structure, organization, and function of the nervous system to the human experience. It is one of the fastest growing disciplines, with a high demand for graduates who understand how the brain relates to human emotional and cognitive functions. This is an exciting field of study with great potential for new discoveries and rewarding careers.

The concentration requires 10 total course, with 5 core and 5 electives. 

Core Courses

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 252 Biopsychology
  • BIO 140/141 Cell Biology
  • BIO 144/145 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 450 Neurobiology

Choose five of the following:

  • PSYC 211 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 236 Learning and Motivation
  • PSYC 237 Memory and Cognition
  • PSYC 253 Drugs and Human Behavior
  • PSYC 352 Topics in Neuroscience
  • BIO 310/311 Genetics
  • BIO 320/321 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 330/331 Immunology
  • BIO 344/345 Human Physiology
  • BIO 370/371 Cellular Biology
  • BIO 430 Molecular Biology

The Departments of Psychology and Criminal Justice have developed a sequence of study to provide students with an interdisciplinary focus in the psychology of crime and justice. The minor is designed to complement undergraduate degrees in psychology, criminal justice, and other social and behavioral sciences. This unique course of study gives students a competitive advantage and broadens their knowledge and skills in the intersection of psychology and criminal justice.  In addition to the course requirements for a Criminal Justice degree, Criminal Justice majors who seek to qualify for the Interdisciplinary Minor in the Psychology of Crime & Justice must complete these additional courses and maintain a 2.5 GPA:

Four (4) Required classes (12 credits):

  • PSYC 100: Intro to Psychology
  • CRJS 101: Justice in America
  • PSYC 240: Psychology and the Law 
  • CRJS/SOC 230: Criminology

Three (3) Electives from the following list (9 credits):

  • PSYC 350: Antecedents of Aggression
  • PSYC 201: Personality Psychology
  • PSYC 211: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 253: Drugs and Human Behavior
  • CRJS 220: Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • PSYC 231: Social Psychology
  • CRJS 104: Introduction to Corrections
  • CRJS 310: Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure
  • CRJS 240: Victimology
  • CRJS 338: Race, Crime, and Justice


Our students regularly work alongside faculty on running studies, analyzing data, and presenting the results. Check out past student research below!


Our grads have pursued graduate study in psychology, law, medicine, business and many other fields, as well as careers in politics, counseling, autism support, education and public health.


Psychology majors have completed internships with the Buffalo Bills, VA medical centers, local school districts and residential facilities for people with disabilities.


Contact Us

Gerard Barron, Psy.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology
Office: Briggs 102B
Phone: 814-824-3375