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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 complicated, and programming depends on the client’s investment in change) for individuals and families

Social Sciences Department Chair
Dr. Maureen Powers-Maiocco