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Why Choose Psychology?
Psychology, the scientific study of behavior, emotion, and thought, is the second most popular academic major in the United States. This makes sense when one considers the subject matter of psychology: You and those around you. Very few of us will live in a world or have a job that does not involved regular contact with others. Therefore, there is nothing more interesting and important than learning about yourself and the people with whom you interact.
Career OpportunitiesPsychology addresses a range of topics, including learning and memory, drug addiction, IQ and personality testing, counseling issues, research design and data analysis, social and emotional development, etc. The best careers in psychology (therapist, professor, researcher, business consultant) require an advanced degree (i.e., a Ph.D., Psy.D., or a master's degree). Your undergraduate psychology degree at Ferris is an important first step on that career path. However, many students elect to enter directly into the labor force with their bachelor's degree. There are a wide variety of job areas for which psychology graduates are well suited, including human resources, research and development, marketing and sales, special needs casework, and human services program coordination. The psychology program at Ferris provides the ancillary courses and internships to maximize the effectiveness of your degree in preparing you for such careers.
The Psychology Major
Psychology is the science of thought, emotion and behavior. As a student of psychology, you will learn how scientists settle controversial questions about how people act, think, feel, and change. In fact, you will become a part of the scientific process yourself. Find out what is and what is not yet known on a topic of interest to you, and learn how to conduct your own original research to answer some of the unanswered questions. You will develop a set of interdisciplinary studies to broaden your experience and increase your marketability. At the end of your senior year, you will complete either a research project or an internship culminating your studies in psychology.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they will be considered as first year students.
General Education Requirements
Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.
The Psychology program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree. Graduation requires a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum 2.3 GPA overall and successful completion of all required courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the Psychology major courses and a 'C' or better in each course within the program. Students also must meet all of the university requirements for bachelor degrees.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Redker
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ferris State University
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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Psychology, Bachelor of Science - 120 Credits
** This course can be taken for a second time for at total of 6 credits or one of each may be taken for a total of 6 credits. No combination of PSYC 478 and/or Independent study can account for more than 6 credits of major directed elective.
Minor equivalent must be 18 credits of conceptually related coursework with at least 9 crets at 300+ level
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these General Education requirements.