B.S. in Applied Psychology

A degree in Applied Psychology can provide the foundational knowledge needed to pursue in-demand careers such as counseling, social services, school psychology, human resources, and a variety of business roles.

With a focus on how psychological principles operate in intervention, prevention, mental health treatment, and behavior change, the B.S. in Applied Psychology program will also give you a thorough grounding in behavioral science, research, and skills to prepare you for graduate study in fields such as counseling, clinical or school psychology, or other graduate programs (e.g., business or law school).

Your courses will focus on how you can apply current psychological theories about human behavior to day to day professional contexts. This allows you to use your knowledge in multiple sectors, from improving workplace performance to building strong client relationships, or prepare for graduate study in areas including counseling and therapy. You will be taught how to solve today’s problems within human behavior such as mental wellness, workplace issues, or education.

To provide focus for your degree, you will choose a diverse and multidisciplinary real-world setting for a final, field experience project, which may be located in the corporate sector, state and local government, education, or a community-based agency. You will apply theory-based psychological approaches to defined issues in this setting, developing skills in research and the ability to interpret, communicate, and apply data and findings.

Jobs in social work, counseling, and other community and social service areas are expected to grow 14% by 2030.1

Community Health Worker Certificate

Students in the bachelor’s completion program in applied psychology have the option to complete a sequence of electives to earn Saint Mary's undergraduate Community Health Worker Certificate.

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm (visited September 08, 2021).

This program follows the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.

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Cherie Jandrich, M.A.

Transfer Counselor

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Heidi Thury, M.A.

Transfer Counselor

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Tennie McCabe, Ph.D.

Course-Contracted Assistant Professor

Psychology and Social Sciences

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