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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.
Flexible Degree, Countless Opportunities
A degree in psychology paves the way for a myriad of careers in countless settings, including government, industry, law, sports science, engineering, communications, and computers/technology. New psychology graduates entering the job market may qualify for entry-level positions in mental health, social/human services, and business administration.
Data crunching is the next big thing and a psychology grad is equipped to go beyond the numbers to interpret meaning, track trends, and gather insights. Scientific research, another growing field, requires the use of case study, content analysis, lab and field experiments, and surveys—research approaches that you gain experience with as a psychology major. In a more traditional vein, the demand for counseling and therapy services is expected to continue rising along with awareness of mental health as a component of overall well-being.
Psychology is a broad discipline. Focusing your effort on a concentration allows you to specialize and align with a future career interest, increasing your chances of securing graduate school acceptance or a job post-graduation.
The Clinical/Counseling Psychology concentration focuses on theories that inform how people function both personally and in their relationships at all ages; the emotional, social, work, school, and physical health concerns people may have at different stages in their lives; and the assessment and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Students gain in-depth knowledge of normal development, psychological disorders, psychological theories, and treatment techniques.
The Cognitive Psychology concentration focuses on brain, perception, attention, memory, thinking and decision making with additional courses in the application of cognitive theory to work (e.g., industrial/organizational psychology), social media, and design (e.g., human centered design, cognitive task analysis).
The Social Psychology concentration focuses on how individuals interact with, and are affected by, each other and their environments. Thematic areas include social and intergroup relations; social justice and perception; social influence; attitude and attitude change; motivation; emotion; industrial/organizational psychology; personality; and social cognition.
100%of psychology students participate in research or a field experience
90%graduate school acceptance rate—higher than the national average of 20%
6%projected job growth for psychologists
Tomorrow Needs Professionals Who Understand The Human Condition
In a fast-moving and increasingly more stressed society, the need for mental health professionals will continue to grow. And psychology graduates can apply their deep understanding of human behavior, motivation, and cognitive processes to various roles in today’s tech-driven business world, like customer service, human resources, management, marketing, and sales. With knowledge in psychology, you can help predict employee and customer behavior which leads to better decision-making and more effective strategies.
Career Opportunities for Psychology Majors
Those with a BS in Psychology work in some of the most satisfying jobs. Mental Health Counselor is #37, School Psychologist is #40, and Psychologist is #49 of the 100 Best Jobs according to US News and World Report. Some of the other career paths open to you with a BS in Psychology:
- Account Manager
- Behavior Analyst/Technician
- Case Worker
- Child Protection Worker
- College Admissions Counselor or Recruiter
- Community Recreation Coordinator
- Corrections Officer
- Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor
- Employment Counselor
- Family Services Coordinator
- Group Home Coordinator
- Health and Wellness Coach
- Hospital Patient Services Representative
- Marketing Researcher
- Marketing Specialist/Manager
- Occupational Analyst
- Program Manager
- Public Relations
- Residential Youth Counselor
- Social Service Director
- Training Specialist
- Youth Development Leader
Michigan Tech's Psychology Program: The Perfect Preparation for Graduate Studies
The growing list of graduate schools that have enrolled Michigan Tech psychology graduates includes:
Central Michigan University
Florida State University
Kansas State University
- Minnesota State University
- Montana State University
- Northern Michigan University
- St. George’s University
Southern Illinois University
University of Denver
University of Massachusetts
University of St. Thomas
Southern Illinois University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
Western Michigan University