PsychologyCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

When you major in Psychology at Nebraska, you will study human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the psychological, social, and biological processes related to behavior.

You will be exposed to many core areas of psychology, along with the option to pursue advanced course work in areas that spark your interest.

In addition to core requirements, you can elect to enroll in courses such as:

  • aggression
  • drugs and behavior
  • learning and motivation
  • psychology of personality
  • abnormal psychology
  • psychology and law
  • psychology of racism
  • health psychology
  • human memory
  • behavioral neuroscience
  • child behavior and development and many more!

Career Opportunities

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNL, you are prepared for entry-level careers in:

  • human services (outreach, advocacy, case manager, crisis worker)
  • business (management, sales, public relations, human resources, research assistant)
  • government (parole officer, employment specialist, foreign service officer, child protection worker)
  • education (teaching assistant, community health educator, college recruiter, after-school program coordinator)

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates include:

  • Behavioral Health Technician, Boys Town Natl. Research Hospital
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician, Walgreen’s
  • Children and Family Services Specialist, Nebraska HHS
  • Consumer Interviewer, Gallup
  • Foster Care Family Support, Larimer Center for Mental Health
  • Life Skills Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Litigation Assistant, Pollack and Ball
  • Operations Associate, National Research Corporation
  • Prevention Coordinator, Lincoln Council on Alcoholism & Drugs
  • Regional Sales Manager, Lincoln Benefit Life
  • Research Tech, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
  • Research Tech, VA National Center for PTSD
  • Therapeutic Mentor /Residential Coordinator, St Monica’s
  • Youth Treatment Specialist, Child Guidance Center

The NEBRASKA difference

The Center for Brain Biology and Behavior (CB3) is a collaboration between the Big Ten and the ivy league to conduct an extensive study of concussion injuries in student athletes.

The center houses a radiology unit and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) magnet that allow faculty and students from a variety of disciplines on campus to conduct research.

You also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research in several other research labs, including:

  • two observation rooms equipped with two-way mirrors used to observe and record behaviors of research participants
  • animal labs used to house and analyze the behavior of rodents and birds
  • two brain-imaging labs that study brain development in infants and children

Internships / Clubs

Psi Chi is a national honorary society of graduate and undergraduate psychology students. The honorary society was founded to recognize, encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of its members and advance the science of knowledge.

The Undergraduate Psychology Organization (UPO) is an information organization sponsored by students - for students - interested in psychology. UPO promotes interest in psychology outside of the traditional classroom setting. You do not need to be a psychology major or minor to take part in UPO's activities.


Since the 1950's, the psychology department has sponsored the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, which brings together prominent researchers to present the major research findings in various areas of psychology. Our faculty members are active in research projects that often involved with undergraduate research assistants. A description of each faculty member's research can be accessed through the Psychology Department website.

Many psychology majors participate in competitive research programs such as UCARE and McNair. Psychology majors who are involved in research often present their findings at local, regional, and national research conferences. Many go on to complete undergraduate theses and co-author research papers.