Psychology is one of the most popular and versatile majors. The major emphasizes a strong background in the natural sciences (e.g., mathematics, chemistry, biology, statistics, human physiology), writing, and research.
Electives enable students to obtain a second major or minor in a field of interest or take pre-professional courses and graduate with:
- A combination of courses and experiences to qualify for semiprofessional jobs in psychological settings or closely-related fields (e.g., addictions counseling);
- A combination of courses providing a background for careers outside of psychology (e.g., human resources);
- Pre-professional courses for potential admittance into professional training programs (e.g., medicine, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine); and/or
- A complement of courses for potential admittance into psychology graduate school programs. Advanced degrees are often a prerequisite for professional careers in psychology.
- Demonstrate understanding of the basic theories, principles, and laws of behavior.
- Demonstrate knowledge of psychological principles and concepts across several content areas.
- Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the scientific methods used in psychological research by engaging in analytical and critical thinking.
A B.S. degree in Psychology prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. Because of the strong science orientation, students develop a number of important skills required in a broad range of occupations. Skills such as written and oral communication, cooperation, analytical and critical thinking, and a background in the sciences demonstrate versatility and an ability to pursue a variety of career paths. Participating in paid or volunteer work, internships, study abroad and experiential education opportunities are highly recommended to increase students' employment opportunities.
Possible career opportunities include, but are not limited to: addictions counselor, human services worker, case worker, mental health services worker, probation officer, community relations officer, educator, program developer/administrator, human resources administrator, labor relations representative, compensation and benefits administrator, public relations specialist/special events administrator, advertising producer/writer, account services representative, media representative, market researcher, government program administrator, business manager, buying agent, sales representative, real estate broker, industrial/organizational consultant, psychometrician, neuropsychologist (with advanced degree), cognitive neuroscientist (with advanced degree), engineering psychologist (with advanced degree), clinical psychologist (with advance degree), family therapist (with advanced degree), lawyer (with advanced degree), occupational therapist (with advanced degree), veterinarian (with advanced degree) or physician (with advanced degree).