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Recommended Academic Plan for B.A. in Psychology

Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Psychology with Business Option

Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Psychology with Science Option


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The baccalaureate major in Psychology is a unique program of study in the best liberal arts tradition and features B.A. and B.S. options in addition to an internship component undertaken in the junior and senior years. Students can choose from different study and internship tracks within the B.A. option and two B.S. options, allowing for different career directions which may include graduate school.

Courses in the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree (options in Business and Science) emphasize basic psychological theory, methodology, and application of the science of psychology to human services, business, and health. Students admitted to the program must have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours from Penn State or other colleges and universities. Incoming freshmen or advanced standing students can matriculate as Penn State Lehigh Valley common year students until lthe credit minimum is attained to declare the major. Advanced standing students are admitted only with satisfactory performance at their previous institutions as specified in University policy.

    B.A.    Community Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol Treatment/Therapeutic Support

    B.S.    Business Option - Human Resources/Training/Management/Marketing

    B.S.    Science Option - Behavioral Medicine/Clinical/Neuroscience

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Certificate in Psychology in the Business Environment 

This degree is designed to provide a high-quality, relevant, integrated, skills-based program of instruction in the basic theory, methodology, and application of the discipline of psychology. Non-traditional learning and intensive internship experiences make the program unique. All four years of the program can be completed at the Lehigh Valley campus.

Students admitted to the Psychology major must have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours from Penn State or other colleges and universities. First year students or advanced-standing students with less than 60 credits can matriculate as Penn StateLehigh Valley common year students until the credit minimum is attained. Advanced-standing students from other accredited colleges or universities will be admitted only with specified grade-point averages established annually in accordance with university policy.



Career Opportunities for Graduates

A wide range of jobs and careers await graduates of Psychology, including positions in the following organizations:

I. Adult and Elderly Care

  • Adult day care
  • Agencies on aging
  • Assisted living centers
  • Geriatric care centers & residences
  • Hospice programs
  • Nursing homes

II. Behavioral Medicine and Health

  • Health education and advocacy agencies
  • Home health care agencies
  • Hospital social services
  • Rehabilitation centers

III. Business, Corporate and Non-profit

  • Customer service departments
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Employment agencies
  • Human resources departments
  • Institutional research departments
  • Management training programs
  • Marketing departments
  • Public relations departments
  • Training & organization development departments

IV. Children and Youth

  • Camps Child & youth advocacy agencies Children’s homes
  • Community youth centers
  • Extension programs
  • Mentoring agencies
  • Recreational & socialization agencies
  • Residential treatment centers

V. Community Advocacy, Referral, and Social Services

  • Adoption and foster care agencies
  • Community action agencies
  • Parent education agencies
  • Domestic violence agencies
  • Family service agencies
  • Public welfare agencies

VI. Criminal Justice and Law

  • Adult correctional facilities
  • Juvenile correctional facilities
  • Parole agencies
  • Probation agencies

VII. Drug, Alcohol, & Chemical Dependency

  • Community treatment centers
  • Prevention programs
  • Residential treatment facilities

VIII. Education

  • College resident life programs
  • College student personnel programs
  • Daycare & nursery schools
  • Special education programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation centers

IX. Graduate and Professional School

  • Business
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Law
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Training & Organizational Development

X. Mental Health

  • Community mental health centers
  • General hospital psychiatric inpatient units
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Support groups

XI. Mental Retardation

  • Group homes Sheltered workshops
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Psychology at Lehigh Valley

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Potential Internship Sites

Psychology Handbook

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