Daemen College’s Psychology Program provides students with an understanding of the science behind human behavior, the tools to research the human mind, and the skills to communicate effectively with other members of the scientific community. Students have the flexibility to choose elective courses in psychology and minor fields of study that meet their personal interests and professional goals.
The Psychological Sciences department offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. Both programs require breadth in the field of psychology, an in-depth sequence of statistics and research methods courses, and a senior capstone course. In addition, the B.S. program requires that students take 3 or 4 natural science lab courses in biology, chemistry, and/or physics - all of which are also required pre-med prerequisites.
Both degrees will help you learn marketable skills, provide access to hands-on applied experiences, prepare you for graduate school admission, and give you a strong exposure to research and the breadth of sub-fields of psychological sciences. So, how should you go about choosing which degree to do?
Choosing the B.S.
- You are more drawn to the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Neuroscience) and mathematics.
- You are transferring in with a strong natural science background.
- You are changing majors from a natural science.
The B.S. provides the opportunity to complete more coursework (including labs) in the natural sciences and in the natural science side of psychology (like cognitive psychology and biological bases of behavior), or to count already completed natural science courses towards your degree.
- You are interested in graduate study in a scientific research field (such as a PhD in any of the sub-areas of psychology or a PhD in other scientific fields).
- You are interested in medicine or health-related fields.
While both degrees will prepare you for advanced degrees, the emphasis on science and math within the B.S. is most appropriate for those with interest in the above fields. In addition, the B.S. requires completion of the senior thesis research project, which is excellent preparation for graduate school.
Choosing the B.A.
- You are more drawn to the arts and humanities (Philosophy, Art, Languages) and other social sciences (Political Science, History).
- You are transferring in with courses in the broad liberal arts.
- You are changing majors from a social science or humanities field.
The B.A. provides the opportunity to complete more coursework in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and in the social science side of psychology (like social psychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology).
- You are interested in a career in law, social work, counseling, journalism, political science, education, or business.
The B.A. allows you more freedom to choose coursework from the relevant subfields of psychology, along with electives from the other social sciences, arts, and humanities. You will still get research experience with our course sequence in research methods, but will have the choice of completing a senior thesis research project or completing an applied internship.
- Students learn skills that are marketable in a variety of professional fields, including careers in the human services professions, research professions, and opportunities in the business world.
- Opportunities to gain hands-on, applied experience by completing field placements at various Buffalo area community agencies, and research projects on an assistantship basis with faculty conducting innovative research projects.
- Preparation for admission into competitive graduate school programs in a variety of disciplines (e.g., clinical, cognitive, health, forensic, neuroscience, social, and developmental psychology) and beyond (e.g., mental health counseling, law school, medical school, business school, social work, journalism and communications degrees).
- Our research sequence teaches many useful skills through hands-on projects. Students will be able to apply the findings of research on human behavior to promote healthy living and to facilitate appropriate change in institutions and in society.
- Our program provides students with exposure to a wide variety of content areas including forensic psychology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology.
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American Psychology Association
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Recent Daemen Graduate's Jobs
- Activities Director, Beechwood Nursing Home
- Applied Behavior Specialist, Autistic Services
- Assistant Director of Social Services, Beechwood Nursing Home
- Conference and Events Coordinator, Rochester General Hospital
- Counselor, Amherst Youth Board
- Family Counselor, Child & Family Services
- Family Services Advocate, Child Advocacy Center of Niagara
- Family Social Worker, Parents Anonymous
- Mental Health Counselor, Monsignor Carr Institute
- Mortgage Broker, HSBC Bank
- Practice Enhancement Associate, UB Medical School
- Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University
- Research Support Specialist, University at Buffalo Family Medicine Center
- School Counselor, Depew Middle School
- Worksite Mentor, Baker Victory Services
Psychology and Political Science
Rachel Shapiro, a senior from Buffalo, NY, is pursuing a dual-degree in psychology and political science. Rachel is the President of the Psychological Science Student Association, works in the Financial Aid Office as a work study, and is also the senior tour guide in the Admissions Office.
Rachel recently worked for a licensed psychologist at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and shadowed a team of psychologists that work with individuals on a Support-Risk-and-Accountability committee. With the help of Dr. Denise Emer, Rachel found an internship that blended psychology and political science. In January of 2018, Rachel began her internship with the COURTS Program of Buffalo where she interviews clients and assists in coordinating placements within treatment facilities. In the fall of 2018, Rachel will begin her graduate program in clinical mental health counseling.