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Applied Psychology - Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Applied Psychology – B.S. degree program, the student will be able to:

  • Use basic principles of psychology and behavior analysis to help others in need
  • Recognize and explain biological, affective, cognitive and behavioral processes in the normal population
  • Comprehend and discuss the knowledge base, history, and scope of psychology and behavioral technology and their applications
  • Analyze psychology’s theories related to understanding of the self, individual differences and group behaviors
  • Demonstrate awareness of and show sensitive interactions with others in regard to racism, sexism, age-ism, and handicap-ism (stereotype to prejudice to discrimination)
  • Describe and use statistics, research design and methodology in human services
  • Describe and be able to effectively apply basic and applied research methods, including psychological measures, and analysis and interpretation of research data
  • Use scientific and applied research to understand and apply principles of human development, counseling, and human service organization theory to assist individuals and families with dysfunctional life issues
  • Demonstrate competency in professional report writing and review
  • Apply the skills and knowledge gained from this program to varied human service settings with knowledge of the applicable code of professional ethics
  • Assist in the assessment of clients, and in the employment of “best practices” in interventions
  • Compare and contrast abnormal psychological and behavioral processes, and related therapies
  • Appraise situations in the field through critical thinking and effective communication
  • Assist in the rehabilitation, and remediation of personal and behavioral issues across a wide developmental spectrum
  • Recognize the limitations that a beginning human services professional have in regard to assessment (don’t jump to “diagnose”), counseling (there is no “best” way to effect change in others), and program development (life is co