Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Psychology BS

Program Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and focuses on observing, experimenting, and analyzing the behavior in multiple situations. To answer questions about what drives behavior, psychologists observe evolutionary factors, social and cultural inputs, and biological aspects of behavior.

RIT’s psychology degree provides students with a strong grounding in the discipline of psychology, integrated with a technological focus. Students study behavior to understand the mind, but also look at the brain itself, with the use of new technologies allowing for a deeper study of psychological processes. Curriculum planning and career discussions occur with each student’s faculty mentor.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 128 students enrolled in this program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 Block, 12 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: Second Year summer through Third Year summer

Salary Information

Co-op:   $12.43                    $9.70 - $19.80
BS:         $31,700

Student Skills & Capabilities

Psychology students are skilled in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, and have experience in statistics and experimental design. The breadth component of the curriculum covers the main content areas that typically define the discipline. Psychology students possess strong people skills, with good research and writing skills. They are good problem solvers and have a well-developed high level thinking ability when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.

Training / Qualifications

Work experience often is needed for someone to become a Social Service Manager, and is essential for those wishing to enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree. The licensure or certification criteria for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. Many psychology students go on to graduate school.

Job Titles

Case Worker, Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor, Behavioral Disorder Counselors, Social Service Manager, Child Protection Worker, Counselor, Research Associate, Clinical Program Manager, Client Services, HR Analyst, Market Associate, Recruiter.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Hewlett-Packard, Compeer, RIT, Boystown Research Hospital, Kodak (Human Factors Lab), Stepping Stones Learning Center, NIH, US Census Bureau, Strong Memorial Hospital, Greater Rochester Orthopedics, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK), University of Texas at Austin, Rochester Police Department, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Rochester Psychiatric Center, US Dept. of Labor, Sherwin Williams, Enterprise Holdings.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Psychology program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603