Psychological Science Major and Minor

Learn why people think, feel and act the way they do. As a psychological science major or minor, you’ll study the science of human behavior through rigorous research, discussion and hands-on laboratory experience. You’ll develop critical thinking, communication and analytical skills that will serve you well in a range of professions, from human services to law.

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Why Study Psychological Science at Albion?

Whether your interest is forensic psychology or child development, at Albion you’ll have the freedom to forge your own intellectual path. Through our small classes and close faculty relationships, you’ll be challenged to explore new ideas through collaborative learning and rigorous discussion. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake independent research in our state-of-the-art laboratories and share your findings with faculty and peers at Albion’s annual research symposium.

What Will You Learn as a Psychological Science Major?

As a psychological science major, you’ll learn how the brain functions, investigate mental processes and ask the big questions, like how our personalities develop.

You’ll ground your study in the core principles of human behavior, before delving into advanced classes in clinical, cognitive, developmental, forensic industrial, organizational, physiological, health or social psychology.

You’ll get to know the theory and practice of research methods before undertaking your own through laboratory courses, directed study projects or an honors thesis.

Education Certification

Learn about psychological science while developing as an educator. Albion offers a program leading to Michigan certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12) for our psychology major and minor.

Major Courses
Minor Courses

Certification

Program Highlights

Laboratories

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As a psychological science student at Albion, you’ll have the opportunity to use Olin Hall’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to investigate memory, psychophysiology, perception, language, learning, motivation, behavior and developmental/social processes in collaboration with faculty.

Internships

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Gain real-world experience and develop professionally. As part of their study, psychological science students in their junior and senior years can complete a practicum in the department’s internship program, allowing them to experience field settings such as hospitals, counseling centers, schools and human resource departments.

Research

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Pursue independent research through the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA). As a participant in FURSCA, you’ll submit a research proposal and, if accepted, you’ll be matched with a faculty mentor to help you execute your project.

Student Awards

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At Albion, we celebrate excellence. Each year, our department recognizes students who excel in psychological science, neuroscience and human services with a range of prestigious scholarships and awards.

Careers & Outcomes

As a psychological science major or minor, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the connection between the brain and the body along with keen critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. Our graduates go on to find success in academic research, human services and secondary education, as well as fields such as law, medicine and business.

Briefcase

Job Titles

  • Counselor
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker