About the Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University is situated across three campuses – in Boca Raton at the Behavioral Sciences Building (BS), in Davie at the Sen. Scott Education & Science Building (ES), and in Jupiter at the Wilkes Building (WB) and the Research Facility Expansion Building (RE). The department includes over 30 faculty members and staff that serve undergraduates and graduate students. Key areas of research include Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, and Social/Personality Psychology.

Undergraduates can earn a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology or a Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience & Behavior through a joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences. Together, the degree programs account for an undergraduate student body of approximately 1800 students. As well as taking courses, students are encouraged to participate in research projects being conducted by our faculty. Many of our students go on to careers in academia and the business sector.

Graduate students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Experimental Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. There are currently 62 graduate students enrolled in our programs. The graduate programs place a strong emphasis on research in addition to coursework and seminars. Students in our program have gone on to successful careers in both academia and industry.

Many faculty members are affiliated with the Center for Complex Systems & Brain Sciences, and several conduct research using fMRI of the brain at the FAU Human Imaging Core on the Boca Raton campus. Neuroscience represents a defining area of emphasis at FAU and Department of Psychology faculty actively collaborate with the College of Medicine and College of Engineering in Boca Raton, and with the thriving Jupiter neuroscience community, which includes FAU’s Jupiter Life Science Initiative and the FAU Brain Institute, as well as the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida Research Institute. Many faculties have national and international collaborators, so there are many rich opportunities for student involvement!

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