Program:
Psychology

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Length of Program:
8–10 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Nov. 30 and March 1
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Degree Overview

Students will complete General Education and Healthcare Core courses along with psychology-focused coursework to gain a comprehensive understanding of health care. These courses offer experiential learning strategies to ensure that students have the tools necessary to efficiently supply services in a mental health setting. Fieldwork, professional seminar and capstone courses will enhance your understanding of the professional setting.

The Bachelor’s degree option is designed for individuals who want to enter the workforce immediately after earning their degree or enter a graduate school program. Additional education and career opportunities are available as a licensed mental health counselor, human resources representative, health care administrator, research scientist or clinical psychologist for those who pursue an advanced education.


Clarkson College Advantage 

As you begin the Bachelor’s degree in Psychology option, you will automatically be enrolled in the Clarkson College Advantage program, which will continue throughout your time at the institution. This program empowers students to explore a variety of health professions with the guidance of dedicated advisors to help each step of the way. 

You will have the opportunity to meet regularly with your peers to foster a sense of community and belonging, engage with leaders in the profession through job shadowing, site visits and interviews, and hear from local health care and community professionals about what it takes to be successful and positively impact the lives of others.

How we prepare
the best

  • Partner with a dedicated advisor to help you as you prepare for a career or graduate school application.
  • Learn from faculty who model innovative and strategic approaches to help students acquire skills for prospective health care professionals. 
  • Engage with leaders in the profession through job shadowing, site visits, interviews, fieldwork experiences and a capstone project.
  • Complete coursework on-campus and online with flexible part- or full-time study options.
  • Select fieldwork in your area of interest.

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Psychology

General Education

(21 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
GEN 101 - Strategies for Success 1
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
GEN 251 - Wellness for the Healthcare Professional 2

*GEN 101 - Required for New Student Experience and Conditionally Accepted students.
**GEN 251 - Students taking GEN 101 will take GEN 251 for 1 semester hour.  Students not required to take GEN 101 will take GEN 251 for 2 semester hours.

Healthcare Core

(9 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
EA 210 - American Poverty and Healthcare 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Support Courses

(43 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BI 110 - Fundamentals of Biology I - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 210 - Microbiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
CH 150 - General Chemistry - Lecture and Lab 4
CH 270 - Biochemistry 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
◊ CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 1
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 333 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 364 - Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
BI 111 - Fundamentals of Biology II - Lecture and Lab OR
CH 151 - General Chemistry II - Lecture and Lab OR
PHY 200 - Physics I - Lecture and Lab
4
4
4
Total Semester Hours 43
Major Courses

(47 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 230 - Professional Seminar in Psychology 3
PY 240 - Cultural Psychology 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
PY 320 - Health Psychology 3
◊ PY 330 - Social Psychology 3
PY 410 - Behavioral Neuroscience 3
EA 205 - Death and Dying 3
EA 215 - Abnormal Psychology 3
EA 200 - Healthcare Ethics 3
PY 420 - Cognitive Psychology 3
PY 350 - Introduction to Counseling Skills 3
PY 360 - Psychopharmacology, Addiction, and Substance Abuse 4
◊ PY 450 - Fieldwork 2
PY 460 - Capstone 2
Total Semester Hours 47

Tuition and Fees

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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour
$632


Cost per Semester
$7,759 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,879 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Tuition
Undergraduate Tuition$632 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $25/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Lab Fee - General Education $40/ class
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $124/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

$61,000 (Payscale, 2021)

Job Outlook

  • Psychologist: Expected to grow 3% through 2029
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor: Expected to grow 25% through 2029
  • Organization Psychology: Expected to grow 3% through 2029
  • Human Resources Manager: Expected to grow 6% through 2029
  • Health Administration: Expected to grow 20% through 2026
  • Medical research scientist/clinician (Ph.D.): Expected to grow 6% through 2029
  • Clinician and Higher Education (Ed.D.): Expected 26% increase for health care educators
  • Clinical degree (Psy.D.): Expected to grow 3% through 2029

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Career Options

Bachelor’s degree prepared Psychology students are qualified to work in many occupations including:

  • Research and Laboratory Assistants
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Recreational Counselor
  • Rehabilitation and Social Service Specialists
  • Academic Advisors and Career Counselors
  • College Admissions Counselors
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Educational Administrator
  • Teacher / Special Education teacher
  • Human Resources Specialist and Employment Recruiter
  • Editor and Journalist
  • Advertising agents and Market Researchers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Police, Probation, and Parole officers
  • Public Opinion Surveyor
  • Public Relations Specialist

Psychology majors are also prepared to pursue advanced degrees in the following areas:

  • Medicine, Law or Business
  • A wide variety of mental health career paths:
    • Child and Developmental Psychologists
    • Cognitive Psychologist
    • Educational, Engineering and Experimental Psychologists
    • School, Social, and Sports Psychologists
    • Forensic and Criminal Psychologists
    • Geropsychologist
    • Health Psychologist
    • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
    • Military Psychologist
    • Neuropsychologist
    • Art, Music, Dance therapist
    • Community, Crisis, Substance Abuse, and Youth Counselors
    • Family and Marriage Therapist
    • Genetic Counselor
    • Grief Counselor
    • Psychiatric Social Worker
    • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Other related fields
    • Statistician
    • Technical Writer
    • University Psychology Professor

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