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Applied Psychology - Program Description

About This Major

The mission of the B.S. Applied Psychology program is to train students with the knowledge and skills for a rewarding career in the helping professions. This degree prepares its graduates for:

  • Non-licensed entry level positions in human and social service settings;
  • Advancement opportunity from current position to positions that require a bachelor’s degree;
  • Completion of the Addiction Treatment Training Certificate Program. This program allows matriculated and non-matriculated students to obtain coursework that meets the 350 contact hours needed to apply for the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor-Training (CASAC-T) credential through the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
  • Application to graduate level education in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Law, among other disciplines.

The B.S. in Applied Psychology addresses a growing need, both locally and nation-wide for trained personnel to serve in human services related fields. This need stems from 10-year projections forecasting the need of social services. These include the delinquent population, pregnant teenagers, homeless persons, and people with mental disabilities and/or developmental disabilities, people with substance abuse, as well as the growing elderly population.


The completion of this baccalaureate degree will not qualify the holder to apply for, be hired for, or perform the duties related to, employment which involves the provision of services prohibited by New York State Education Law Article 153, Psychology, Paragraphs 7601 and 7601a. This prohibits graduates from SUNY Canton who hold a BS in Applied Psychology, like other baccalaureate programs in Psychology, from performing tasks which only licensed providers are authorized to do under state law (i.e., psychologists, mental health counselors, psychoanalysts, creative arts therapists, marriage and family therapists, registered nurses, physicians, licensed maters social workers, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed behavior analysts).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have moved directly into these meaningful careers:

  • Performing assessments to determine general eligibility for services
  • Providing substance abuse treatment services for incarcerated individuals
  • Coordinating prevention and residential services for victims of domestic violence
  • Assisting in adult or child protective services investigations
  • Working in agencies that administer services to families seeking to adopt children or provide foster care

Admission Requirements


Semester I Credits

ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
HUSV 100 Human Services Forum 1
HUSV 201 Introduction to Human Services 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  History Elective (GER 4,5,6) 3
  General Elective 3-4

Semester II Credits

ABAP 245 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSYC 225 Human Development 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  BIOL 101, 117, or 150 with lab (GER 2) 3
  Humanities (GER 7) 3

Semester III Credits

MATH 141 Statistics 3
PSYC 275 Abnormal Psychology 3
SSCI 181 Alcohol, Drugs and Society 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3

Semester IV Credits

HUSV 310 Working in Human Service Agencies 3
PSYC 308 Personality & Individual Differences 3
  Program Elective 3
  Program Elective 3
  Arts/Language Elective (GER 8,9) 3

Semester V Credits

HUSV 305 Professional and Ethical Responsibilities 3
HUSV 315 Mental Health Practice 3
SSCI 370 Research Methods in Social Sciences ** 3
PSYC 300 Cultural Psychology 3
  Program Elective 3

Semester VI Credits

PSYC 315 Crisis Intervention 3
PSYC 320 Health Psychology 3
PSYC 340 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 410 Counseling Skills & Procedures 3
  Program Elective 3

Semester VII Credits

HUSV 420 Orientation to Human Services Practicum 1
  Program Elective 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  U/L General Elective 3
  U/L Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

HUSV 421 Human Services Practicum 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3

L/L = Lower Level Courses (100/200)
U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

NOTE: Applied Psychology students must meet eight General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.

SUNY Canton Course Descriptions

Social Sciences Department Chair
Dr. Maureen Powers-Maiocco