Applied Psychology B.S.

Psych student with laptop

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behavior.

Through the SUNY Morrisville Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in applied psychology, you will learn how current psychological theories apply to practical concerns in the human services field, interpersonal relationships, societal challenges and general problem solving. The program provides you with immediately applicable skills that will be useful across a broad range of careers and life situations.

The applied psychology program provides opportunities for coursework in human development, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology, the psychology of personality, the psychology of gender, abnormal psychology, research methods and statistics. Psychology at Morrisville is both a science to be explored and a career preparation you can count on.

Learning by Doing

Our unique applied psychology program focuses on preparing you for both a successful career at the bachelor’s degree level and for graduate school by providing a true hands-on learning experience. The program allows you to complete up to 600 internship hours directly in the field, making you well-suited for immediate employment in nonlicensed entry-level human services positions, as well as an attractive candidate to graduate programs.

Instead of being in a classroom during your last semester, you will be working full-time in your field of interest to gain invaluable real-world skills and experience. This proven success rate of the applied psychology internship program is backed by more than 70 percent of our students being employed in the field by the time they graduate. Additionally, our graduates have gone on to successfully complete graduate programs in related areas of study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the applied psychology bachelor’s degree program, a successful graduate will be able to:

  • Analyze real-world situations in terms of relevant psychological theories and predict likely results from potential interventions.
  • Show basic understanding of the methods social scientists use to understand the world, including correlations and experiments.
  • Perform basic statistical procedures and interpret the results.
  • Demonstrate professional writing ability, including skills in various formats such as memos, technical papers and note-taking.
  • Demonstrate basic quantitative literacy, including use and critical analysis of statistical concepts as supporting arguments and meaningful choice of visual aids such as graphs, tables, charts, and figures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different cultures and subcultures, and how cultural standards and norms influence behaviors.

Career Outcomes & Continuing Education

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and human services is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. The list below includes the top 10 job titles you will be prepared for when graduating from this program:

  1. Case Worker
  2. Care Coordinator
  3. Residential Program Manager
  4. Teacher’s Aid
  5. Youth Advocate
  6. Domestic Violence Advocate
  7. Child Abuse Investigator
  8. Program Coordinator
  9. Family Support Specialist
  10. Veteran Coordinator

Additionally, our graduates have gone on to successfully complete graduate programs in social work, mental health counseling, school counseling and school psychology.

Zainab Jimoh

Zainab Jimoh has an associate degree in individual studies and will be receiving her bachelor's degree in applied psychology. Zainab explains how her experiences at Morrisville has shaped her future.

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