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Psychology (B.S.)

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Mission

The psychology curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the goals and possibilities of the field of psychology. The curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of the principles of behavior, the scientific methods used to derive those principles and the appropriate ways to apply such knowledge. The psychology curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for graduate school in psychology or for students planning careers outside of academic psychology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the psychology program will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply the scientific process to psychology.
  • Locate, retrieve, critically evaluate and communicate scientific data and knowledge.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Express expertise in specific content areas of psychology.
  • Display knowledge of the ethical standards, personal integrity and professional responsibilities of psychologists.
  • Apply principles and practice of core information and values in a psychology practice environment through internships and applied research.

Program Description

Psychology, the scientific study of behavior, is a remarkably diverse and far-reaching field. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to provide an overview of the many areas of the field, with an emphasis on the scientific nature of psychology. The comprehensive curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of the principles of behavior and the scientific methods used to derive those principles. The curriculum covers the discipline from academic and applied perspectives.

Students graduating from the psychology program are well-prepared for graduate work in psychology or for starting careers outside of academic psychology. Students take a core group of courses that emphasize the research-based nature of psychology and select additional courses in psychology depending upon their interests and goals. At the senior level, students conduct an advanced research project and may pursue internships at local counseling centers, human-services agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers or other locations.

Psychology graduates may choose to work in professions such as counseling, social work, education or research. Other positions available to psychology majors include human resource management, rehabilitation, community counseling and crisis intervention. The major allows students the flexibility to pursue graduate studies in related disciplines such as education, occupational therapy and management.