What is Psychology?
Psychology studies two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and another between the environment and behavior. Psychology follows scientific methods, using experimentation and analyses. It is a discipline with a bright future. It is expected to be the third fastest-growing field in America through the year 2005 and to continue to grow steadily for at least another dozen years after that.
A unique feature of our curriculum includes the five tracks of in-depth interdisciplinary studies: (1) Biopsychology; (2) Clinical Psychology; (3) Cognitive Psychology; (4) Social Psychology; and (5) Visual Perception. Each track consists of three interdisciplinary courses that integrate students' technical immersion and Psychology.
Students must take the corresponding 'pre-track' course prior to enrolling in a track course. Most track courses require completion of the Research Methods I & II sequence, but some are open to those who have completed PSYC-250 only.
The three courses in each track are offered in successive semesters, so careful planning is required if you want to take a particular track course. Students should consult their advisor regarding taking their track courses.
Why the RIT BS Degree so important?
- Work Opportunities for Bachelor Graduates of RIT
Psychology majors have many qualities that are attractive to job recruiters. Employers find that psychology graduates possess strong people skills. Our graduates will acquire good research and writing skills. They will be good problem solvers and have well-developed high-level thinking ability when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information. Job possibilities may be in biological sciences, computer programming, public affairs, visual psychophysics, image perception, man-machine interface and usability analysis. With the electronic advances there is a demand for more user-friendly technologies and training.
- Graduate Schools
The B.S. psychology program will prepare students to take some of the M.S. degree programs at RIT that provide specific skill training needed in business and industry. Many of these programs require only an additional full time equivalent of one year. Within the Psychology Department, there are graduate program that offer M.S. degree in School Psychology and Engineering Psychology.
The program will also prepare students to pursue graduate degrees in various fields of psychology offered by other colleges and universities. Our graduates have strong mathematics, science, and technical background.
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