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Psychology

Do you find yourself asking why people behave the way they do and do you want to gain a better understanding of human behavior?

Are you interested in helping others and improving your community? Maybe you have great people skills and enjoy solving problems. If you answered yes, then the psychology program is right for you.

The bachelor of science in psychology represents the core values and world-view of the psychology discipline and follows the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for an undergraduate degree in psychology and emphasizes a liberal arts education. Employers value psychology majors for their oral and written communication skills, cognitive skills, human relations skills and their ability to understand data.

Why a degree in Psychology?

This degree will:

  • Prepare you to be a generalist, qualified for entry level positions in many fields.
  • Prepare you to pursue graduate studies in areas like psychology, counseling, social work, education, law, or business.
  • Help you develop the skills that employers value including oral and written communication skills, cognitive skills, human relations skills, and an ability to understand data.
  • Help you learn about emotions, personality, the brain and behavior, motivation, intelligence, health, group behavior memory, learning and more.

Minor

A Psychology minor will give you the education to understand and interpret human behavior that many employers see as a valuable asset.

Real World Experience

Engaging in research activities with faculty is a remarkable way for students to gain real world experience and learn outside of the classroom. Keystone students have the opportunity to work one-on-one as co-authors or first author with their Psychology professors, and also present their undergraduate research at national conferences.

Careers in Psychology

Employers appreciate the skills and abilities, knowledge base, and personal traits of students who major in psychology. A bachelor’s degree in psychology does not train you to be a professional psychologist but you will be qualified for many other career paths and opportunities.

Psychology Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree

National entry-level salaries range from $22,020 to $45,740.

  • Career Counselor
  • Child & Family Social Worker
  • Health Services Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Training Specialist

Psychology Careers with a Master’s/Doctorate Degree

National entry-level salaries range from $22,300 to $54,740.

  • Art Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Psychology B.S. Degree
First Year
First Semester

  • Technology Elective
  • College Writing I
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • The First Year Seminar
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • General Psychology
Second Semester

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health and Wellness Elective
  • College Writing II
  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Biology Science Lab (Human Health Issues, Human Anatomy and Physiology I or General Biology)
Second Year
First Semester

  • Math 1140 Recommended
  • Speech Communications
  • Arts and Humanities Elective 2,000 level
  • Curricular Elective (PSYC 2000 level suggested)
  • Physiological Psychology
Second Semester

  • Cognitive Psychology or Cognition and Learning
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences or Statistics
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
Third Year
First Semester

  • Research Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Personality or Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
Second Semester

  • Research Implementation and Analysis
  • Ethics and Issues in Psychology
  • Service Learning
  • Curricular (PSYC) Elective
  • Curricular (PSYC) Elective
  • Free Elective
Fourth Year
First Semester

  • Take Field Prep if doing internship
  • Senior Seminar, or 3000+ Curricular Elective if doing internship
  • Curricular (PSYC) Elective
  • Free Elective – 3000+
  • Free Elective – 3000+
  • Free Elective – 3000+
Second Semester

  • Field Experience and Seminar (mandatory if not taking Senior Seminar)
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective – 3000+
  • Free Elective – 3000+
  • Free Elective

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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