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Psychology

Department of Psychology

Psychology is the science of behavior, cognition, and affect. All psychology is grounded in research that ultimately seeks to understand the actions, thoughts, and emotions of people. Applied psychology is designed to provide practical solutions to human problems.

Both the Psychology and Applied Psychology majors emphasize psychology as a scientific discipline. All students become directly involved in independent research activities and/or applied human service skills development. Students studying for the Applied Psychology B.S. or the Psychology B.A. or B.S. degree prepare to continue their education at the graduate level or go on to psychology-related employment at the bachelor's degree level. However, students majoring in Psychology receive particular preparation for graduate study and broad preparation for psychology-related employment, while students majoring in Applied Psychology receive skills training for more specialized human service employment. Students studying for teacher licensure prepare to teach in secondary schools.

Advanced degrees are required for the following representative careers: child psychologist, clinical psychologist, college professor, experimental psychologist, industrial psychologist, rehabilitation counselor, school psychologist, and secondary school counselor.

Career Directions

  • Adolescent Counselor
  • Agency Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Worker
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Corrections Worker
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Data Analyst
  • Day Care Teacher
  • Early Childhood Family Education Specialist
  • Gerontology Specialist
  • Group Facilitator
  • Head Start Worker
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • In-Home Family Counselor
  • Juvenile Treatment Specialist
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Sexual Assault Advocate
  • Special Education Worker
  • Specialized Career Directions/Applied Psychology
  • Specialized Career Directions/Psychology
  • Also: Graduate Training/Professional Psychology