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Bachelor of Science Psychology Degree at Florida Tech
Prepare for Clinical Psychology Careers
The psychology degree program at Florida Tech offers in-depth preparation for work in behavior analysis, clinical psychology, criminal justice, social work, organizational management and law. Unique electives allow you to develop career-track concentrations in subfields such as animal learning and behavior, clinical/counseling psychology, industrial/organizational psychology and sport psychology. The clinical psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation.
Diverse concentrations and the abilityto pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree allow students to tailor their education to their area of interest and future plans. The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students whose interests are oriented toward the natural sciences and mathematics. Students gain a foundation in the sciences with courses such as human cognition, adult development and aging, scientific and technical communication and psychology research methods. Students with a Bachelor of Science psychology degree may be more interested in research, analysis and the study of psychology topics.
- Animal Behavior: Courses in both biological sciences and behavior analysis emphasize biological bases of behavior and species-typical learning as well as standard principles of training that cross species lines. Most animal behavior psychology degree students also add a minor in biology. The culmination of the program is an internship within a facility or institution that emphasizes animal training, husbandry or public education.
- Applied Behavior Analysis: This concentration prepares undergraduate psychology degree students for the associate certification in behavior analysis (BCABA) that permits career opportunities in facilities and with organizations that emphasize behavioral interventions. In the ABA concentration, special emphasis is given to principles of behavioral analysis and intervention strategies, particularly in working with children who have developmental disabilities. Internship opportunities under the supervision of licensed board-certified behavior analysts are available at Florida Tech's Scott Center for Autism Treatment.
- Clinical Psychology: The clinical/counseling concentration psychology degree exposes students to courses and field placements that emphasize the assessment and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Such areas of study include substance abuse, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, professional ethics and assessment techniques.
- Forensic Psychology: This course of study combines psychology and the legal system. Florida Tech is one of just a handful of schools in the nation to offer a forensic psychology degree. In addition to a foundation in social and experimental science based psychology courses, students gain a legal knowledge base, participate in clinical practice in a forensic arena and learn about criminal justice procedures. Students enter careers such as assessing an individual's competency to stand trial, evaluation or therapy of criminals, child custody, eyewitness identifications and police selection and assessment. Students with a forensic psychology degree may also choose law school, research fields, legal and civil advocacy and the court system.
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology: This degree prepares students to enter business directly after graduation, in industrial/organizational psychology, business law, management, human resource management, organizational behavior and substance abuse. Students who choose this concentration for their psychology degree are encouraged to add a minor in business administration.
- Neuropsychology: This field of study focuses on the complex area of brain and behavior interactions – the relationship between the nervous system and cognitive function. Neuropsychologists study healthy humans in a laboratory setting in order to assess, manage and rehabilitate people with neurocognitive problems due to illness or brain injury.
- Social/Cultural Psychology: This psychology degree brings together psychology and social sciences, exploring sociology, anthropology, economics and political science to provide a complete understanding of the human condition. A psychologist with a postgraduate degree might choose international consulting, academia, government, training, research or even law school – particularly if a student is interested in law firms concentrating on multinational corporations, government or international business.
- Sports Psychology: Students looking forward to graduate psychology degree programs in sport psychology, or careers in coaching or training will choose this degree and study physiological psychology, leadership, group behavior, sport psychology and applied sport psychology. A minor in education is encouraged for those interested in working in secondary education.
- Minors in Psychology: Two psychology degree minors are offered at Florida Tech – general psychology and forensic psychology. General psychology gives students a broad overview of research methods along with exploration in natural sciences (biological psychology) and social psychology. Students interested in careers in criminal justice, crime scene analysis (chemistry and biology majors) or intelligence fields will find this minor of value for their career.
Gain Practical Experience
Florida Tech's low student-to-faculty ratio encourages close collaboration and mentorship as well as individual creativity and leadership. Because many school of psychology faculty perform applied research outside of their teaching responsibilities, students working towards a psychology degree have an opportunity to work with faculty in ongoing research projects.
The School of Psychology also operates a variety of clinics and consulting programs, including:
- Family Learning Program
- East Central Florida Memory Clinic
- Community Psychological Services
- Center for Organizational Effectiveness
- Institute for Cross Cultural Management
As a senior, students engage in a scholarly inquiry project, for which they complete an intensive field internship experience and conduct a substantial research study on a topic of their choosing. As a result, psychology degree students get practical experience, an enhanced job search portfolio and the perfect preparation for finding a job or going to graduate school.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, psychology majors build leadership experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Psi Chi (psychology honor society), the Undergraduate Psychology Student Association, student government and over 100 other student organizations.
Get Recruited Upon Graduation
Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students with a psychology degree for internships and careers include Best Buy, the Brevard Zoo, Children's Home Society, Circles of Care, Dolphin Quest Oahu, EPCOT, Space Coast Early Intervention Center and the Brevard County Sheriff's Department.
Earn an Advanced Degree
After receiving their psychology degree, many students go to graduate school at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities, including Boston College and Ohio State.