Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology offers coursework and programs that help you develop skills for your future career and lifelong learning, including critical thinking and professional communication. The department offers opportunities to join cutting-edge research and programs that are advancing study in a host of fields. We provide an environment where faculty and student collaborative research thrives, expanding the knowledge of behavior, cognition, perception, and other key areas. Faculty in the Department of Psychology are teachers and scholars who work to advance the science of psychology and help you apply that science to your chosen career field.


Research laboratories


Degree programs: Psychology (BS), Experimental Psychology (MS), and School Psychology (MS)


Largest degree program in College of Liberal Arts

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Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate program integrates a traditional psychology curriculum with a unique science and technology focus. Courses in experimental, developmental, abnormal, and industrial/organizational psychology foster the development of your analytical skills and encourage critical thinking, while a professional/technical core builds knowledge in a relevant area outside of psychology such as criminal justice, business, mathematics, computing, or engineering. The unique curriculum offers five tracks of in-depth, interdisciplinary study in developmental psychology, biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology, allowing you to specialize in two areas of interest.

The scientific study of the brain paired with a focus on observing, experimenting, and analyzing the mind to understand what drives human behavior.

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Graduate Programs

A graduate degree in psychology can lead to advanced career prospects. Our master’s programs combine focused coursework in psychology with applied experience, either through an internship or the completion of a research study and master’s thesis.

The advanced certificate in engineering psychology focuses on exploring and understanding the relationship between humans and machines. It’s the science of human behavior and our interactions with the technologies that go into the design and operation of machines, equipment, and more. Students expand their knowledge of engineering psychology by exploring course work in cognition, perception, ergonomics, industrial design, and more.

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In the experimental psychology masters degree, students are trained to apply scientific methods to basic psychological processes in perception, brain and behavior relationships, thinking, memory, learning, social interactions, human development and related areas. It is a broad and flexible program that provides a solid stepping-stone into careers or further study in psychology. A choice of tracks – in experimental psychology or engineering psychology – allows students to specialize their degree toward their career goals and aspirations.   

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The advanced certificate in school psychology is ideal for school practitioners who would like further professional development, or for individuals who would like to explore the dynamic field of school psychology.

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A school psychologist works with young children; elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and various educational professionals to offer services to prevent or improve existing student difficulties and enhance the educational success of all children. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologist programs help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve students’ adjustment to school and their community. The school psychology masters prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.

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Student Resources

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