Psychology graduate decorates her SNC Tahoe graduation cap with the symbol for psychology
Investigate the nature of our human experience and human behavior.

Engage in a wide-ranging and intensive exploration of the self.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology in Breadth & Depth

Explore the field of psychology from cognition to social psychology. Learn about human development, neuroscience, sensation and perception, learning, counseling, abnormal psychology, less traditional areas, and more.

Experience psychology in practice. Our students intern with local organizations providing mental health and substance abuse treatment, grief counseling, equine therapy, and domestic violence services.

“What is beneficial about the Psychology department is its willingness to challenge your emotional and interpersonal intelligence. Psychology isn’t just about the emotions and thoughts that go through your brain, it’s WHY you have those thoughts.” – Teresa Rafello ’16

Research Experience

Each of our students designs and conducts an original empirical research project in their field of interest, from literature review through data analysis and presentation of results. Three courses are dedicated to learning about, preparing for, and completing independent research in psychology.

SNC at UCLA’s 2017 Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

Psychology student Kelsey Brodie talks about her research at UCLA
Psychology students celebrate the chance to present their research at UCLA
Psychology student Arno Ruymaekers explains his research on stress and motivation at UCLA

Our students present at top-tier undergraduate research conferences, including APS, WPA, and the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. SNC student research has been published in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, Student Pulse, and the Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal.

“The world of psychology is huge. You can do almost anything under the sun, so having professors who specialize in very different fields really helps us narrow down what we want to study in grad school.” – Katie O’Hara ’16

Professional Preparation

We offer popular graduate school preparation workshops, which discuss graduate school in psychology from choosing a school and successful application strategies to surviving life in – and after – grad school. Preparation for the MFT and GRE is included in the curriculum.

Our students graduate well qualified for graduate education and careers in their field. Recent alumni have gone on to post-graduate programs at Carleton University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Northern Arizona University, and Prescott College.

Meet Psychology Alum

Anza Jarschke, New Genre, Psychology major gives two thumbs up

Anza Jarschke

Major: Fine Arts – New Genres, Psychology

Class of 2013

I began working working as a crisis mental health counselor immediately after graduation. Currently, I manage the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and will be starting an MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing in fall of 2017. Before SNC, I couldn’t comprehend how expansive my future could be. . . . Read More

“The level of academic rigor and emphasis on research in the Psychology Program motivates students. The faculty provide a level of support beyond any reasonable expectation to aid students in achieving their goals, whatever they may be.” – Sarah A. Fricke ’15

The Psychology Scholar Program

Fast-track your preparation for a professional future in your chosen Psychology specialty. Conduct original research, intern with a local psychologist, school counselor, or researcher, and be a teaching assistant in an SNC Psychology course. Build exceptional academic and experiential qualifications under the guidance of your dedicated faculty mentor.

The Psychology Scholar Program is limited to five incoming freshman each year. Apply early for priority consideration!

Meet Our Students…

SNC psychology student Ryan Knuppenburg at Lake Tahoe

Ryan Knuppenburg

Major: Psychology

Class of 2018

Getting involved in a relationship that was extremely dysfunctional after high school really got me interested in the topics of mental health and well-being. Educating myself was the only way for me to heal after that terrible experience. My classes at SNC have transformed my way of thinking, especially my psychology classes. . . . Read More

Psychology major Troy Mott enjoys the snow around Lake Tahoe

Troy Mott

Major: English, Psychology

Class of 2012

After taking Psychology 101 in my first semester there was no going back, as I fell in love with the diversity of topics and the freethinking attitude that was promoted from day one. . . . Read More

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See the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS > page for specific major course requirements.

Christina M. Frederick
Psychology Program Chair

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More Options


Begin your college education at Lake Tahoe Community College, then transfer into SNC’s LTCC program and graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited private non-profit college without leaving South Lake Tahoe.

SNC at LTCC Information


Kendra Wong
Extension Center Academic Liason
LTCC Office Hours: Mondays 9:30 am - 2 pm, Rm A209


Begin your college education at Truckee Meadows Community College, then transfer into SNC’s TMCC program and graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited private non-profit college, with all your classes on the Dandini campus.

SNC at TMCC Information


Sarah Klocke
Extension Center Academic Liaison
TMCC Office Hours: T/Th 9am-2:30pm, F 7:30-10:30, Red Mountain 335

100 % Online

This major is offered in the Online Degree (ODP) program. Get the flexibility of an online program, the quality education of a regionally accredited, not-for-profit, liberal arts college, and the option to complete your degree while you work and where you live.

Online Degree Information


Constance A. Barnes
Online Psychology Program Chair