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Psychology

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ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave. This degree emphasizes both the experimental and applied aspects of the discipline. Those studying psychology gain fundamental training in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, statistical analysis and scientific methodology. 

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN PSYCHOLOGY

Group of students sit and listen to presentation at health clinic

Marketable skillsets
Through visits to local health clinics, WSU Tri-Cities psychology students make meaningful connections to the surrounding community and gain marketable skills that make them stand out.

Professor Janet Peters poses with students

Community connections
Each semester, Janet Peters, clinical assistant professor of psychology, has her students work with a local service-based organization to provide her students with real-world experience.

Psychology students studying

Service learning
The WSU Tri-Cities psychology program partners with Camp Korey, a camp for children with serious medical conditions to further refine camp programming to meet the needs of children.

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COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in psychology, which could include:

  • Social psychology
  • Cognition and memory
  • Multicultural psychology
  • Biological behavior
  • Adolescent development
  • Research methods
  • Gender

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

The degree is designed to prepare students for entry into the job market immediately following graduation in a wide variety of fields that utilize knowledge of human behavior, communication and interpersonal skills. Students are also prepared for post-baccalaureate graduate study and training in counseling, clinical and experimental psychology. 

RELATED FIELDS:

  • Human development 
  • Public relations 
  • Ethics
  • Neuroscience
  • Sociology

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in psychology
Psychology provides a solid background for a wide range of careers, and students are encouraged to discuss their options with their professors, academic advisors, and potential employers. Some students go on to further graduate education to prepare for careers in counseling, clinical or experimental psychology. 

WSU Tri-Cities and Pullman alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and estimated salary:

$47,836

Estimated salary of psychology alumni

Jobs held by WSU Tri-Cities psychology graduates:
Domestic Violence Advocate | Social Worker | Counselor | Police Officer | Human Resources Coordinator

Data provided by EMSI.