Psychology is the scientific study of behavior; in particular, how people and other animals relate to one another and the environment through their actions, thoughts, and emotions. The Psychology major provides students with basic knowledge about behavior, and the opportunity to apply that knowledge while engaging in field experiences and undergraduate research. Through their psychology classes and the broader liberal arts background they receive, Psychology majors develop important skills in areas such as critical thinking, research methods, statistics, and writing, and also enhance their analytic and computer expertise. Students prepare for occupations or graduate training through coursework, as well as through the required capstone experience, which can involve an internship, a research project, or both. We recommend that students complete up to 12 credits of capstone experiences. This extensive applied experience is an important feature of our Psychology degrees.
Psychology at Penn State Brandywine
Students can complete either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology at Penn State Brandywine. The core Psychology requirements are the same for the B.A. and B.S. degrees, although students in the B.A. also take a foreign language and additional arts, sciences, social sciences, and cultures courses, whereas students in the B.S. complete a concentration in either business or science.
Students at Brandywine can also complete the first two years of any Psychology major at Penn State.
Why major in Psychology?
Psychology is applied in a wide variety of areas, such as improving educational practices, facilitating human performance in organizations, promoting psychological health and well-being, and in law, medicine, social work, government, and business. Typical work settings for psychologists include hospitals and treatment centers, schools and universities, government offices, industry, and private practice. Entry-level jobs for individuals with bachelor's degrees in Psychology include positions in sales, marketing, case management, advertising and labor relations, among others. It is expected that by year 2018, Psychology jobs will grow by 12%; additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies specific areas of growth in sub-specialities of health, counseling (school counseling and clinical counseling), and industrial/organizational psychology.
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Questions about the program requirements, curriculum, or job options?
Dr. Pauline Guerin, Ph.D. Psychology
Psychology Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Psychology
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