Psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes. Psychologists study behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, development, personality, attitudes and attitude change, group processes, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior, leadership, aggression, and prejudice. They study principles of effective behavior and harmonious interaction. Psychologist also study the methods by which valid psychological knowledge is obtained.
Students who complete the recommended psychology curriculum at Snow College will be prepared to continue their studies at most four-year institutions in Utah.
Students who complete the recommended psychology curriculum at Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they
know about the marvels of the human body;
know how people learn, remember, and perceive the world;
know what motivates human behavior;
know how to control our thinking, emotions, motives and depression;
can think logically, critically, and analytically;
can apply the scientific method to a variety of psychological issues;
can sustain and complete an independent learning project;
can listen and take notes effectively;
appreciate the value of lifelong learning;
appreciate the interdependence of cultures and people.
Students who earn a degree in psychology should be able to work in the following areas;
Counseling and Guidance
This emphasis usually involves working in an education setting. A Masters degree is preferred by most educational institutions.
This emphasis is for those who want to assess educational performance or teach psychology. A masters degree or doctorate is preferred by most institutions of higher learning. Some public schools may accept a bachelor’s degree.
Industrial or Organizational Psychology
This emphasis prepares individuals to work in business and industry to make them more efficient and productive. This emphasis requires a masters degree or doctorate.
This emphasis prepares individuals to help children cope with or improve their lives. A graduate degree is required for most positions with responsibility.
This emphasis prepares individuals to work with clients in formal practice. A doctorate and state licensure are required.
Experimental and Physiological Psychology
This emphasis qualifies one to work in a research setting. A doctorate is preferred.
This emphasis prepares individuals to work in the world of professional athletics. Large universities may also employ sport psychologists to enhance athlete performance. A masters degree or doctorate is required.
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