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Department of Psychology
College of Social and Natural Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Dr. Russell Lee (Chair;, Dr. Russell Bennett, Dr. Laurie Desiderato, Dr. Marsha Driscoll, Dr. Dwight Fultz, Dr. Richard Hook, Dr. Louise Jackson, Dr. James Rafferty

Areas of Study

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.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Social Science

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

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
Probation Officer
Psychiatric Aide
Sexual Assault Advocate
Special Education Worker
Specialized Career Directions/Applied Psychology
Specialized Career Directions/Psychology
Also: Graduate Training/Professional Psychology

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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