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Why study Psychological Science at APSU?

Psychological Science is the study of human behavior - how people grow and develop, how they think and learn. Psychologists use scientific methods to understand learning, motivation, life-span development, personality, normal and abnormal behavior, group and social behavior, the physiological mechanisms of behavior, sensation and perception, and the application of psychological science in the workplace. The department has a variety of facilities to provide learning and research opportunities. Laboratories for vision, infant development, animal learning, and behavioral physiology are available for faculty and student research.  Rooms equipped with one-way observation windows, video and other monitoring equipment are available for counseling, testing and human research. The department has arranged for intern and practicum experiences for our students with a variety of community agencies. 


What will I learn?

The objective of the program is to provide the student with a firm foundation in basic psychological science. This includes knowledge of basic content areas, as well as the skills fundamental to all areas of psychology. The Department of Psychological Science and Counseling has adopted the APA undergraduate psychology major learning goals and outcomes.  A student completing the major in psychology should be able to conduct a search of psychological literature,  read and understand journal articles, evaluate hypotheses or theories on the basis of empirical data, design and conduct a research study, and write a paper following APA.  

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.


What Do Psychology Majors Do After Graduation?

Students majoring in psychology at the undergraduate level are encouraged to choose a minor in a related area, such as business, biology, sociology, leadership, or education. Students combining psychology with other academic disciplines are perceived as possessing skills that contribute to the understanding of people.

  •  Community Mental Health Agencies
  • Residential Care
  • Counseling Centers
  •  Social Service Agencies
  • Treatment Facilities
  • Business and Industry sites
Natalie Castillo

Natalie Castillo

Psychological Science major

The combination of coursework and the professors she learns under through Austin Peay’s Department of Psychological Science and Counseling has helped Castillo realize her own dream and unlock what she calls her “superpower.”

“Being at Austin Peay has definitely helped me realize that I want to be a psychologist and help other people,” Castillo said. “It sounds corny, but I like to think everyone is a superhero, but we just have to unlock our own unique superpowers — and a degree in psychological science is going to help me unlock and use my superpower.”