Psychology | Kent State Geauga | Kent State University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to prepare students for graduate study in psychology and related fields.

  • Topics include stress and trauma, neural basis of learning and memory, social and biological influences on mental and physical health, growth and development of children, and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. 
  • Students evaluate and interpret data and gain hands-on experience in conducting research. 
  • Elective courses may be used to specialize in several areas of psychology and related fields such as neuroscience. 
  • The degree prepares students for graduate study and employment in a range of fields, including clinical psychology, research and experimental areas of psychology such as cognitive science and behavioral neuroscience, and related fields such as medicine and neuroscience.

The Psychology major comprises the following concentrations: 

  • The Child Psychology concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate study in clinical psychology, research and experimental areas of psychology, school counseling, developmental psychology, school psychology or related disciplines that require knowledge of interpersonal relationships and human development. Topics include child development, psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, children's cognitive processes, personality development, and child-related research experience. 
  • The Pre-medicine/Pre-Osteopathy concentration prepares students for graduate study in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The concentration is designed to cover the Pre-medicine/Pre-osteopathy requirements so that students are prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and have the required prerequisites necessary for applying to medical school.
  • For students interested in other career paths within psychology, a "no concentration" option provides the flexibility to prepare for those careers.

THIS PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF

  • You are comfortable facing highly emotional situations as part of your job.
  • You have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You possess strong patience and astute problem-solving skills.

THIS PROGRAM WILL TEACH YOU

  • Describe the basic theoretical perspectives, principles, concepts, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and use fundamental data analysis techniques.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods/tools in psychology and evaluate the adequacy of research designs.
  • Write effectively in the discipline.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.