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If you are intrigued by the inner workings of the psyche, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan Tech will allow you to mold that curiosity into a meaningful career.
Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and cognitive processes. This broad discipline seeks to understand the human condition and explain behavior using scientific methods, with the fundamental goal of improving the well-being of individuals and our overall society.
Psychologists can apply their training to help preserve or rehabilitate people’s interpersonal relationships and mental health, and to help businesses safeguard assets such as time, finances, and human resources. From health practitioners who manage and treat psychological disorders, to business professionals who foster a healthy and productive workplace, to researchers who solve practical problems—psychology offers diverse applications and career pathways that attract many students to the discipline.
The subfields embraced by psychology are numerous and include the following:
- Cognitive psychology: the understanding of mental processes such as memory, problem solving, and decision making;
- Forensic psychology: the intersection of psychology and law;
- Human factors psychology: the study of the way humans relate to the world around them, with the goal of improving performance and safety;
- Educational psychology: the study of how people learn and how the instructional process influences learning; and
- Sports psychology: the study of athletic performance, motivation, and skill.
As an undergraduate student in our program, you will explore the wide world of psychology and develop your own professional identity and goals.
Program Learning Goals
The psychology major consists of approximately 12 required PSY courses, 7 elective PSY courses, and numerous free electives and University required courses
The major has a committee whose role is to ensure that disciplinary and University Student Learning Goals (USLG) are being met across our curriculum. The committee has adopted as curricular goals the American Psychological Association (APA) goals for undergraduate psychology programs.
The committee mapped out how each program goal aligned with the Michigan Tech learning goals. Each psychology course was designed to meet one or more of the program/university goals. The following goals are met through the 12 required PSY courses:
|USLG||APA Psychology Learning Goals|
|1. Disciplinary Knowledge||Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
|1. Disciplinary Knowledge||Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
|1. Disciplinary Knowledge||Professional Development
Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
|4. Critical & Creative Thinking||Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
|6. Information Literacy||Communication
Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
|8. Values & Civic Engagement||Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
If you are pondering a career in psychology, you can blaze a path in just about any professional arena. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is favorable: overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow as fast as average for all occupations, through the year 2022, and much faster for industrial-organizational psychologists.
Many of our students pursue graduate studies in psychology or related disciplines. The occupations of clinical, counseling, and research psychology require a doctoral degree in most cases. A master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree is a prerequisite for psychologist roles in an educational setting, and a master’s degree is necessary for industrial-organizational psychologist positions.
Psychology graduates may qualify for entry-level positions in business administration, mental health, and social/human services, including
- Behavior Analyst
- Case Worker
- Child Care Worker
- Child Protection Worker
- College Admissions Counselor or Recruiter
- Community Recreation Worker
- Corrections Officer
- Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor
- Employee or Employment Counselor
- Residential Youth Counselor
- Family Service Worker
- Group Home Coordinator
- Hospital Patient Services Representative
- Marketing Researcher
- Occupational Analyst
- Program Manager
- Public Relations
- Store Manager
- Staff Trainer
- Social Service Director
Additionally, there are career opportunities for psychologists in countless other areas, including government, industry, law, sports science, engineering, communications, and computers/technology.