If the human brain and behavior fascinates you, Psychological Sciences might be the program for you.
You want to understand how the human mind thinks and learns, and how it processes decisions and perceptions. And you want to use that knowledge to help others. Whatever your goals, our program and expert faculty will prepare for success in research, continued study, and a career.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
The versatility and breadth of this degree program gives you a strong foundation to forge your own career path.
This degree may also be eligible for completion in three years through our Degree in Three program. Learn more and find out if you're a fit.
For students whose first interest is psychology and want a career in health or medicine, this major will help you get there.
Our minor is perfect for students who are interested in raising many questions about human and animal behavior, and finding the answers.
The online psychological sciences courses are structured with working adults in mind, enabling students to study while maintaining personal and professional commitments.
Loyola's Psychological Sciences Program is...
best Psychological Sciences program in the state
best program in the country
Explore. Collaborate. Examine. You'll get to work alongside talented professors to partner in research. Learn more about some of our recent research projects.
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Research
Dr. Grissom's research focuses on understanding sex differences in stress and anxiety across the lifespan, and how these differences impact learning and memory. Elevations in stress hormones at different critical developmental timepoints impact learning and memory in males and females differently.
Social and Biological Influences on Primate Behavior and Reproduction
Dr. Evan Zucker, Professor of Psychological Sciences, studies the social and biological influences on the behavior and reproductive outcomes of nonhuman primates, as well as studying naturally-occurring patterns of human behavior (human ethology) and other aspects of social phenomena.
Making a better world: A project examining motivation to improve collective well-being
Dr. Chuck Nichols' project seeks to better understand the correlates, causes, and effects of wanting and working toward collective betterment. Caring about and helping close others and even complete strangers can provide strong psychological benefits for the helper as well as the helped.
See what our faculty and students are accomplishing
Oanh Nguyen Presents Research and Wins Best Presentation
Oanh Nguyen (Senior, Psychological Sciences Major) presented a poster at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s conference in Jacksonville for research done in collaboration with Dr. Erin Dupuis on the topic of “The Relation Between Attitudes toward Sexual Street Harassment Against Women and Ambivalent Sexism”. Oanh also won the best undergraduate poster presentation award for this research at the March, 2019 Louisiana Academy of Sciences!
Gabriella Pucci ('19), a Psychological Sciences Pre-Med major, was awarded a $1500 summer research grant by Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology. Gabby received the award for the proposal, “The Effect of Punishment Sensitivity and Anxiety on the Development of Eating Disorder Behaviors in College Students."
Dr. Yurgil's Research Posted on Department of Defense Website
Dr. Kate Yurgil and her research collaborators were recently featured on the Department of Defense Blast Injury Research Program website. Their research examined the relation between tinnitus, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury in a group of United States Marine Veterans.
The co-creator of Apple Inc.’s intelligent personal assistant is Tom Gruber ’81, a psychological sciences and computer science alumnus! Check out his recent TED talk about artificial intelligence and how it can help make us smarter and more social humans
Dr. Erin Dupuis, Associate Professor in Psychological Sciences, published a chapter in the recently released Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. The chapter titled, "Acquaintance Rape" covers definition issues, prevalence, and factors related to victims and perpetrators.