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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The B.S. in Psychology program provides students with rigorous training in the science of psychology. The core of this program include courses that give students a strong foundation in many areas of psychology and most importantly the application of these areas to solving real world problems. 

Graduates will be well prepared to enter graduate programs in all areas of psychology or pursue immediate employment in a variety of careers including business, the non-profit sector, government agencies, and more.

What can I do with this major?

Whether you are planning on getting a Bachelor's, Masters, or Doctoral degree in Psychology, there are plenty of opportunities to use your knowledge and skills.

Bachelor's

The bachelor's of science degree in psychology is a very versatile degree.  It can enhance your career in many areas and there are up to 200+ different fields you can go into.

Here are just a few:

  • Social Worker
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Market Researcher
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Top- and mid-level management and administration 
  • Sales
  • Other management occupations 
  • Labor-relations, personnel and training
  • Administrative positions 
  • Real estate, business services and insurance 
  • Marketing

For more information on career guides and resources, check out American Psychological Association's Careers in Psychology.

 

Master's

What you do with a Master's degree in psychology largely depends on which field you choose to study. Some of the more common psychological fields for a Master's degree are clinical psychology, counseling psychology and industrial/organizational psychology, however, more and more people are choosing to enter into the research end of psychology, and prefer a path of neuroscience, etc.

If you are not sure where you want to go with your Master's degree, talk to your adviser about your interests, and what fields would fit best for you. Depending on the degree, someone with a Masters can get a career in many fields such as:

Jobs in Federal, State, and Local Government

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Provider
  • Self-Reliance Specialist
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Drug and Alcohol Specialist
  • Employment Counselor
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Parole Officer
  • Psychology Program Manager
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social Service Manager
  • School Psychologist
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Social Services Manager

Jobs in Health Care and Mental Health Services

  • Behavioral Counselor
  • Drug Specialist
  • Health Project Coordinator
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Family Services Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Child Care Supervisor

Jobs in Business, Marketing, Advertising, and Sales

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Advertising Agent
  • Market Researcher
  • Employee Trainer
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Store Manager

In many of these positions, you will still need a supervisor of some sort, so keep that in mind when you are trying to decide whether to stick with a Masters degree or whether to finish with a Doctoral degree. 

Doctorate

Doctoral degrees are necessary if you are truly serious about having your own practice, or doing serious research. Again, your choice of degree largely depends on what you are interested in.

If you are doing serious research for your career, then a specialized degree in something such as Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology etc. would work best for you.

If you want to own your own counseling practice, then a Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling psychology may work best for you.

You also need a Doctoral degree if you want to teach psychology at a College or University.

Keep in mind that a Doctoral degree will take about 5-7 years to complete and is extremely intensive for all who are trying to do it, but your possibilities in your field of choice are near limitless once you complete it.

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Our psychology faculty

Our psychology faculty's areas of expertise include: clinical, developmental, experimental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. All full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree.

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