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Psychology

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Psychology is a rich discipline that lies at the crossroads of biology and society. A hub science, it bridges such disparate fields as biology, education, health, business, sociology, marketing, engineering, and neuroscience. Psychological science is integral to understanding the fundamental building blocks of human behavior and necessary for addressing current societal issues.

Major

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior and the psychological, social, and biological processes related to that behavior. The curriculum emphasizes methods of conducting research and understanding behavioral data. The program provides a strong, broad-based education. Students study all aspects of psychology and, through research, can pursue an area of interest such as clinical, counseling, developmental, experimental, industrial-organizational, physiological, or social psychology through their choice of courses.

career paths

  • Counseling
  • Research
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • School or Business Administration
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Child care
  • Law Enforcement
  • Business 

Graduates receive a B.S. and are prepared for positions in community agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisons, schools, industry, and government agencies. It is important to note, however, that a career as a professional psychologist or health professional such as PT, OT, PA, etc. will require additional education.

Things to note:

  • Laboratory intensive curriculum

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