By the Numbers
Psychology explores phenomenon from multiple perspectives and is an ideal starting point for many careers. Our students go on to graduate level work in psychology and pursue careers in a wide range of fields including school psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and many mental health fields. This degree also prepares you for success in fields such as law, education and business, which require strong critical-thinking skills and a solid understanding of interpersonal relationships. In this program, you’ll work with experienced faculty members who research intriguing topics, such as how we read stories, workplace relationships, aggressive behaviors, and mindfulness.
Your studies will be augmented by lab courses that involve designing psychological studies and collecting data. You can participate in supervised fieldwork in the applied clinical science concentration, which prepares you for careers in counseling. Or, you can choose the industrial-organizational psychology track, which focuses on relationships in work environments. You’ll graduate well prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue an advanced degree.
Quinnipiac provides real-world experience based on your interests. In addition to participating in summer research projects at institutions across the country, our students have interned at a battered women’s center, psychiatric in-patient clinics and national corporations.
Student Spotlight: Nicole Antaya ’19
Worth the wait
Nicole Antaya ’19 smiles with the full joy of a second chance and declares victory for the day. She’s grateful for another tomorrow, the gift of a double-lung transplant.
Antaya, a psychology major, is scheduled to graduate in May after spending the last six years working on her bachelor’s degree while fighting cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder marked by chronic lung infections that sharply reduce a person’s ability to breathe.
Antaya’s thesis, “Developing Post-Traumatic Growth Through Trauma,” included 40 pages of research, analysis and conclusions. She said the experience, combined with her education, has inspired her to become a licensed clinical social worker someday.Read the full story
Student Spotlight: Morgan Kozyra ’18, MAT ’19
Compassion in action
Morgan Kozyra `18, MAT `19, understands that for children to excel in both the classroom and in life, modern academic curriculums must be founded on social and emotional learning (SEL).
“Students need to understand how to manage their emotions, accept who they are and build strong relationships with each other,” Kozyra said.
By blending her undergraduate psychology background with MAT coursework and applied research experience, Kozyra was able to create her own techniques for developing SEL in the classroom. One of these included a “compassion bucket,” filled each time a student does something compassionate and selfless. Once the bucket is full, the entire class earns a prize. Kozyra was able to successfully use the compassion bucket in an elementary school in Connecticut.
“I now see what I want in my future classrooms — what works and what doesn’t work with students,” Kozyra said.
Taylor Chelo ’17, MAT ’18, Kozyra’s former peer catalyst, was so impressed by Kozyra’s work that she made it the focus of a presentation she delivered at the Vancouver International Conference for the Teaching of Psychology.
“Morgan is truly a paragon of compassion for her young students and ourselves to emulate,” Chelo said.
“Morgan cares deeply about the well-being of her students and is willing to work exceptionally hard to be of service to them,” said Thomas Pruzinsky, professor of psychology.
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Psychology Curriculum
Students seeking a BS in Psychology must complete requirements for the University Curriculum. In addition to the lab-based science required by the University Curriculum, Psychology majors must complete one additional lab-based science course outside of psychology, one additional social science outside of psychology, one course that explores issues of multiculturalism and/or diversity, and a foreign language up to the 102-level. NOTE: The department strongly encourages psychology majors to take courses in biology.
Within the major, Psychology students take a set of courses that emphasize scientific reasoning. After taking PS 101, all majors take PS 206, PS 307, PS 308, and PS 401. All students must complete PS 206, PS 307 and PS 308 in separate semesters. The capstone course, PS 401, must be taken in the senior year, following completion of PS 308. In each of the following sequence courses, students must earn a grade of C- or higher before moving on to the next course: PS 206, PS 307, PS 308. A C- is also required in PS 101 before students can move on to any 200-level PS course. PS 401, the capstone course, requires senior standing and must be taken as a seminar during the regular academic year.
In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Psychology must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|Psychological Science Core|
|PS 101||Introduction to Psychology 1||3|
|PS 206||Introduction to Statistics in Psychology 1||3|
|PS 307||Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology with Lab 1||4|
|PS 308||Advanced Research Methods in Psychology with Lab 1||4|
|PS 401||Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors 2||3|
|Biological Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 252||Physiological Psychology||3|
|Cognitive Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 233||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|Developmental Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 236||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|Social Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 261||Social Psychology||3|
|Scientist-Practitioner Perspective (select one)||3|
|Select one psychology course at the 200-level or higher||3|
|Select one psychology course at the 300-level||3|
|Additional Degree Requirements|
|Select one additional Natural Science course with a Lab||4|
|Select one Diversity/Multicultural course||3|
|Select one Social Science course outside of Psychology||3|
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher before moving on to the next course.
Senior standing required. Must be taken as a seminar during the regular academic year.
Additional courses may be designated to fulfill this requirement.
Psychology majors also have the opportunity to engage in supervised fieldwork and intensive study within one of two concentrations.
Applied Clinical Science Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the applied clinical science program within the psychology major. The program prepares students for careers related to clinical psychology and provides the basis for graduate work in fields such as social work, counseling and school psychology. A 3.0 overall GPA is required to participate in the ACS concentration fieldwork courses.
ACS students must take:
|PS 272||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PS 371||Clinical Psychology||3|
|PS 391||Applied Clinical Science Seminar (SL: Service Learning)||3|
|PS 393||Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL:Service Learning)||3|
|PS 394||Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL: Service Learning)||3|
The ACS program emphasizes:
- Mental health fields as possible careers.
- Conceptions of mental illness and the history of therapeutic methods.
- Counseling and other treatment techniques.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the industrial/organizational psychology program within the psychology major. The program exposes students to career possibilities in I-O psychology areas and provides the basis for further study related to fields such as I-O psychology and management. I-O psychology students must take:
|PS 265||industrial-Organizational Psycholog||3|
|PS 397||Fieldwork in Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Advanced Personnel Psychology|
|Advanced Organizational Psychology|
|Occupational Health Psychology|
The I-O psychology program emphasizes:
- The traditional research and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
- Using psychological principles to study and improve working conditions.
- Mindfulness of the changing nature of work and the ability of the field to make innovations to match such changes.
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