The BS in Psychological Science program at WPI offers a unique learning experience. You’ll develop your social science studies while building a strong research portfolio and a valuable scientific skill set from your very first courses.

At WPI, you won’t just learn about why people behave the way they do. Our expert faculty members guide you on collaborative hands-on research projects in areas like social psychology, cognitive psychology, and learning sciences to dig into the science at the intersection of psychology and technology. You’ll create a personalized academic path while mastering the scientific theory and language so essential in today’s job market.

With WPI’s long-established scientific approach, psychology students explore many questions about human thought and behavior from how our social environments influence our health to how we can encourage environmental awareness and stability.

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Curriculum

At WPI, your psychology courses will span many disciplines, including social sciences, psychological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. You’ll apply what you’ve learned to modern challenges in policy, criminal justice, environmental issues, law, business, and education. Undergraduates routinely join faculty-led research in our state-of-the-art labs and present the findings at conferences.

Your understanding of biology, behavior, ethics, and technology sets the foundation for a career in which critical thinking and having a broader view of complex psychological and technological issues is vital. 

Additionally, our research labs give students opportunities for hands-on research and a chance to act as both a participant and a researcher. Our labs include the Educational Psychology Lab, where students decipher data, and the Social Psychology Inquiry (SPI) lab, where a diverse student population participates in and leads experiments.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

For more than four decades, WPI students have used project-based learning to apply classroom knowledge to real-world problems. You’ll collaborate with caring and engaged faculty and peers in small project-based teams to tackle problems of global importance in a holistic way.

Through WPI's Global Projects Program, students are immersed in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

At WPI, psychology students are engaged in faculty research and projects that investigate cognitive and social psychology topics and cross many departments. Previous and current projects have focused on answering a wide range of questions including:

  • When and why might we adopt our interaction partner’s beliefs or behaviors?
  • How can we increase success for underrepresented groups in schools?
  • How do we encourage underrepresented groups to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math?
  • How do we increase cultural awareness, understanding, and diversity?
  • Why is understanding how people think and their behavior important when designing different technologies and projects?
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Dozens of student clubs and organizations provide a creative outlet for whatever interest you might have. Groups where you can dance, act, create political change, build robots, play sports, join Greek life, or perform community service are welcoming, active, and fun. 

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After Graduation