What Is a Bachelor of Psychology?
You may think a counseling degree and a psychology degree are synonymous; after all, they both are concerned with mental health. However, there are a few distinctions between the two. Students earning a Bachelor of Psychology degree may study human (and animal) behavior, the mind, emotions and thoughts that influence behavior and social interactions.
People majoring in psychology may focus more on humanities and social sciences with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, or concentrate on the scientific aspects of psychology with a Bachelor of Science (BS). Both options allow students to pursue higher degrees, such as a master’s degree in psychology.
In contrast, a Bachelor of Science in Counseling degree may be the first step to becoming a licensed counselor, which often requires a graduate degree that includes several hundred hours spent in a practicum or internship placement and thousands of hours of supervised postgraduate experience. Undergraduate degrees in counseling may focus on specific areas such as addiction treatment.