The work of the psychologist is a search for knowledge about
human and animal behavior to enhance the human condition. The Department
of Psychology at Chico offers course work at both the undergraduate
and graduate levels. The undergraduate major in psychology is a
diverse forty-unit liberal arts program. The major includes the
completion of three laboratory courses to ensure that students have
direct experience with the content of psychology.
The masters programs in psychology provide both a MA and a MS which contain
different emphases. The MA in Psychology includes options in Psychological
Science and Applied Psychology. The MA Option in Psychological Sciences
provides coursework for students planning to enter doctoral programs or
to teach at community colleges. The MA Option in Applied Psychology includes
coursework in preparation for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential for
both the school counselor and school psychologist authorizations. The MS
in Psychology meets the course content requirements for California Marriage
and Family Therapists licensure eligibility.
Faculty and Facilities
With twenty-six full-time faculty members, the department assures students
a broad coverage of areas in psychology and a wide choice of instructors.
of Psychology utilizes modern, up-to-date laboratories and classrooms,
including biopsychology, learning, perception, statistics, and counseling
laboratories. Two laboratories each contain 24-station microcomputer systems.
What Can You Do with a Background in Psychology?
The baccalaureate program provides a diverse curriculum in general psychology
with opportunities for individual and collaborative research. While the
BA in Psychology is not sufficient for a person to work as a professional
psychologist, there are a number of jobs related to psychology open to
bachelors degree holders that may be entered without additional education.
Graduate work is required for all professional work in psychology.
One-third of all professional psychologists are employed in colleges and
universities as full- or part-time instructors, researchers, and counselors.
Local, state, and federal governments constitute the next largest employer
of professional psychologists, employing them in a variety of agencies,
such as mental health, youth placement, and criminal justice facilities.
School systems and corporations employ a considerable number of professional
psychologists as school psychologists, counselors, organizational/human
resource psychologists, and ergonomic psychologists. Finally, some psychologists
are in private practice as clinical psychologists, counselors, psychotherapists,
or consulting psychologists.
Persons majoring in psychology will increase their career options by completing
a second major or a minor to complement their academic background in psychology.
To further enhance their career options, students are encouraged to broaden
their experience through volunteer work, internships, and independent studies