Psychology Major B.S.
An undergraduate degree in psychology from OHIO prepares students for a diverse array of careers and future paths, including:
- Graduate study
- Careers in the human services sector, such as counseling, crisis work, and performance enhancement
- Careers in research, from social and market research to experimental psychology
- Careers in the business sector, with positions in sales, public relations, and customer service
Courses are taught by faculty conducting nationally and internationally respected research. The undergraduate experience includes courses in the major areas of psychology (psychopathology, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social), a strong foundation in research skills, and advising to make students aware of the multitude of professional opportunities available to them.
Advising and Career Planning
Psychology advising includes career planning and how to prepare for professions that require graduate degrees, with 18 guided advising tracks: child development, clinical and counseling psychology, forensic, gerontology, health psychology, human resource management, industrial-organizational psychology, integrated social studies and psychology double major, marriage and family psychology, neuropsychology, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, rehabilitation counseling, sales, school psychology, social services, and sports psychology
Take advantage of opportunities to conduct research with faculty, do off-campus fieldwork and summer internships, and become a leader in student organizations. These are experiences that will enhance your resume and memories that will last a lifetime.
Major code: BS4101
Faculty Contact: Dr. Susan Tice-Alicke
The Psychology Department is committed to offering an outstanding undergraduate curriculum in psychology. More specifically, the department has the following aims:
- To provide students with engaging courses taught by qualified faculty that insure students develop a strong foundation in the major substantive areas of psychology
- To emphasize the development of excellent quantitative and research skills by capitalizing on the opportunities available in a department widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent research departments in the university
- To encourage participation in service activities that serve both to deepen students' understanding of psychology and to address the needs of the local community and the broader region
- To provide advising that (1) ensures students complete their degree in a timely fashion and (2) ensures they complete a program of study that adequately prepares them for their chosen career, whether in psychology or in one of the multitude of fields for which training in psychology is beneficial
Careers & Graduate School
Graduates with a degree in Psychology are prepared for a diverse array of careers due to their academic program's emphasis on communication and critical and analytical thinking. Career opportunities range from work in the human services sector, such as counseling, crisis work, and performance enhancement; work in research, from social and market research to experimental psychology; and even work in the business sector, with positions in sales, public relations, and customer service.
Potential employers of psychology graduates include, but are not limited to, the following: hospitals and health care providers; institutions of higher education; rehabilitation facilities; local, state, and national government agencies; social services and non-profit agencies; public and private K-12 schools; research organizations; service providers; etc. A degree in psychology will also prepare students for graduate study.
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Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
University-wide Graduation Requirements
To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.
College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences
Psychology Core Requirements
Complete the following courses for a minimum of 35 hours with PSY prefix:
- PSY 1010 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0
- PSY 2120 - Research Methods in Psychology Credit Hours: 4.0
- PSY 2210 - Physiological Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2310 - Cognitive Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2410 - Child and Adolescent Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2510 - Social Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
- PSY 2710 - Psychopathology Credit Hours: 3.0
Addition Psychology Core Requirements
Complete three Psychology courses at the 3000-level or higher (excluding PSY 3910, 3920, 3940, 3970T, 3980T, 4930, 4970H, 4970T, 4980H, 4980T, and 4990H).