The Psychology, BS degree offered at ASU’s West campus utilizes undergraduate research opportunities to study human behavior, neuroscience, brain function, memory, behavior analysis. Psychology graduates find careers in government organizations, social services, and as mental health professionals.
Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. This diverse field includes mental health and counseling as well as child development, neuroscience and brain function, memory and decision-making, behavior analysis, statistics and crosses into other disciplines such as medicine, law, business, and economics.
Emphasizing critical thinking and reasoning, and quantitative research methods and writing, this program goes beyond the classroom with practical experiences through internships, service-learning and faculty-supervised research. (Some opportunities are not available to students enrolled in the degree offered through ASU Online.)
The BS degree differs from the BA in that it requires two additional lab courses and advanced statistical training, providing a greater depth of knowledge in the biological and neuroscientific aspects of psychology that are increasingly important for bother research and clinical practice. The advanced statistical training further prepares students for careers and graduate training involving psychological research, clinical research and legal policy research.
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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Students are prepared for careers in:
- government (sales and marketing, human resources management)
- mental health professions (youth counselor, substance abuse counselor)
- social services (high school psychology teacher, occupational analyst)
The degree also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in fields such as public administration, law, family studies, communication and the various graduate program fields in psychology:
- clinical and counseling
- cognitive neuroscience
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||22.3%||$39,270|
|Social Workers, All Other||3.8%||$59,100|
|Counselors, All Other||11%||$44,830|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||14.8%||$48,040|
|Healthcare Social Workers||19.3%||$51,930|
|Mental Health Counselors||19.6%||$40,850|
|Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists||9.8%||$92,110|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||3.6%||$49,060|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||15.8%||$68,690|
|Social and Community Service Managers||9.5%||$62,740|
|Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary||13.9%||$62,440|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||6.2%||$42,120|
|Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers||18.9%||$41,380|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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