Psychology BS

By studying human behavior, you will learn how people think and how they act, so you can improve lives and effect change in the world.

Psychology BS

Maria’s psychology degree program is unique to what you might find elsewhere.  It provides students a great deal of flexibility as one-third of the credits are electives!  You may select seven (7) psychology elective courses and an additional 24 free elective credits, enabling you to transfer credits from another major or develop an area of specialization.

QUICK FACTS – What’s Unique About Our Program?
Our program focuses on the promotion of healthy thinking and behavior in addition to understanding abnormal behavior.

  • Our curriculum specializes on the knowledge and skills necessary to increase personal strength and resilience, and to promote healthy behaviors for one’s well-being.
  • Our dedicated faculty bring decades of academic and community experience to the classroom.
  • Our graduates are prepared to help patients or handle illness, whether it’s helping them to follow medical advice, control their pain, or change poor health habits.

OUR STUDENTS
First-time students
Many students enter this program right out of high school and live locally in the Capital Region, such as Albany and Schenectady High Schools. Maria College is great for students looking to live at home and commute to campus

Transfer Students
We also have a large population of transfer students coming to Maria after two years at a community college or from other regional four-year colleges, such as HVCC, SCCC.

WORK-BASED LEARNING
Internship Examples:

  • Albany County Probation Department
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Disability Services
  • Columbia County Adult Drug Treatment Court
  • NYS Department of Correctional and Community Services
  • NYS Department of Health
  • The Spotted Zebra

AFTER GRADUATION
Graduate Studies:

  • Healthy Psychology
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Nutrition Science
  • Public Health and Promotion
  • School Psychology
  • Social Welfare
  • Health Educator

Employment:

  • Clinical Care Coordinator
  • Mental Health and Addiction Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Health and Prevention educator
  • School Counselor
  • Social & Human Services

JOB DEVELOPMENT 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2019) projects that opportunities in psychology will continue to grow at a faster rate than the average for all occupations over the next decade 2016-2026. Employment will grow because of increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social services agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms and private companies.

  • Program Learning Goals & Outcomes

    Goal 1:  Knowledge Base in Psychology

    1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
    1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
    1.3 Describe applications of psychology.

    Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking

    2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
    2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
    2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
    2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
    2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

    Goal 3: Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

    3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
    3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships.
    3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.

    Goal 4: Communication

    4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes.
    4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes.
    4.3 Interact effectively with others.

    Goal 5: Professional Development

    5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
    5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation.
    5.3 Refine project-management skills.
    5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity.
    5.5 Development meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.

  • Course Overview

     

    Group I: Psychology Core (27 credits)

    Course

     

    Credits

    PSY 100

    General Psychology

    3

    PSY 102 

    Exploratory Psychology

    3

    PSY 205 

    Interpersonal Psychology

    3

    PSY 350 

    Research Methods I

    3

    PSY 360 

    Research Methods II

    3

    PSY 400 

    Internship in Psychology

    6

    PSY 430 

    History and Systems of Psychology

    3

    PSY 450 

    Capstone in Psychology

    3

    Group II: Psychology Electives

    (Select 7 courses with three at 300/400 level)

    PSY 200 

    Developmental Psychology

    3

    PSY 201 

    Psychology of Learning

    3

    PSY 202 

    Adolescence Psychology

    3

    PSY 203 

    Child Psychology

    3

    PSY 204 

    Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

    3

    PSY 209 

    Psychology of Aging

    3

    PSY 232 

    Positive Psychology

    3

    PSY 270 

    Social Psychology

    3

    PSY 300

    Organizational Psychology

    3

    PSY 315 

    Psychology of Criminal Behavior

    3

    PSY 320 

    Psychology and the Media

    3

    PSY 330 

    Psychology of Terrorism

    3

    PSY 340 

    Cognitive Psychology

    3

    Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
    (48 credits)
    Cultural Studies (6 credits): CUL 310, CUL 410

    English (12 credits): ENG 111, ENG 211,
    ENG 300 or 400 level electives (6 credits)

    History (6 credits): HIS electives
    Religious Studies/Philosophy (12 credits):
    RES 201, 9 credits of RES/PHI electives

    Science/Mathematics (9 credits): MAT 106,
    MAT 200; any BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI elective

    Sociology (3 credits): SOC 101

    Free Electives (24 credits)
    18 credits at any level
    6 credits at the 300/400 level

    FEATURED COURSES
    Our small class sizes create a very comfortable, engaging and rewarding learning experience.

    • Case Management
    • Health Psychology
    • Psychology of Food and Eating
    • Positive Psychology
    • Culture, Health and Healing
    • Substance and Behavioral Addictions
    • Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • Course Sequence

    First Year: First Semester                 

    Course

     

    Credits

    ENG 111

    Composition I

    3

    PSY 100

    Intro to Psychology

    3

    SOC 101

    Intro to Sociology

    3

    RES/PHI

    Religious Studies/Phil. Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    First Year: Second Semester

    MAT 106

    College Algebra

    3

    PSY 102

    Exploratory Psychology

    3

    PSY 205

    Psychology of Interpersonal Relations

    3

    RES/PHI

    Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Second Year: First Semester                 

    ENG 211

    Critical Inquiry and Writing

    3

    MAT 200

    Statistics

    3

    HIS

    History Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    18

    Second Year: Second Semester

    RES 201

    Foundations in Social Justice

    3

    BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI

    Science Elective

    3

    HIS

    History Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

       

    15

    Third Year: First Semester              

    CUL 310

    Cultural Studies I

    3

    PSY 350

    Research Methods I

    3

    ENG

    English 300/400 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 300/400 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Third Year: Second Semester

    CUL 410

    Cultural Studies II

    3

    PSY 360

    Research Methods II

    3

    RES/PHI

    Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 300 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Fourth Year: First Semester                 

    PSY 430

    History and Systems of Psychology

    3

    ENG

    English 300/400 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 300/400 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective, 300/400 Level

    3

     

    Free Elective, 300/400 Level

    3

       

    15

    Fourth Year: Second Semester

    PSY 400

    Internship in Psychology

    6

    PSY 450

    Capstone in Psychology

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    12

  • Articulation Agreements

    Transfer Agreements

    • Columbia-Greene Community College graduates with AS in Social Science to BS in Psychology at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies to BS in Psychology at Maria College
    • Schenectady County Community College graduates with AA in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Services with concentration in Psychology to BS in Psychology at Maria College

    Graduate Agreements

    • Maria College graduates with BS in Psychology to MS in Forensic Mental Health at the Sage Colleges
    • Maria College graduates with BS in Psychology to MS in Counseling and Community Psychology at the Sage Colleges

What can I do with this major?

Students on the career track will develop a customized career pathway. An internship, designed by you and your advisor, will be the cornerstone for transforming relevant knowledge and skills into a career plan for entering the workforce.

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Internships

  • Student ratings (4.63 of 5 = ) and site supervisor ratings (4.75 of 5 = )
  • The Addiction Care Center of Albany
  • SPARC (St. Peters Addiction & Recovery Center)
  • Parsons Family & Child Center
  • Catholic Charities of Albany
  • NYS Department of Correctional and Community Services (NYSDOCCS)
  • Albany County Department of Probations
  • City Courts System, Hudson NY
  • Therapeutic Riding Center
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Albany
  • Albany City School District
  • Schenectady City School District
  • Maria College

Career Options

  • School Counselor
  • Child Welfare/Placement Caseworker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Case manager
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Law enforcement and corrections
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Marketing or advertising manager
  • Veteran’s Counselor
  • Career/Employment Counselor
  • Research Assistant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Human Resource manager
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Law enforcement and corrections
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Criminal Investigator (FBI and other) 

Please note: some of the above may require advanced education/certification and work experience.

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What can I do with this major?

Students on the career track will develop a customized career pathway. An internship, designed by you and your advisor, will be the cornerstone for transforming relevant knowledge and skills into a career plan for entering the workforce.

Read More

Internships

  • Student ratings (4.63 of 5 = ) and site supervisor ratings (4.75 of 5 = )
  • The Addiction Care Center of Albany
  • SPARC (St. Peters Addiction & Recovery Center)
  • Parsons Family & Child Center
  • Catholic Charities of Albany
  • NYS Department of Correctional and Community Services (NYSDOCCS)
  • Albany County Department of Probations
  • City Courts System, Hudson NY
  • Therapeutic Riding Center
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Albany
  • Albany City School District
  • Schenectady City School District
  • Maria College

Career Options

  • School Counselor
  • Child Welfare/Placement Caseworker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Case manager
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Law enforcement and corrections
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Marketing or advertising manager
  • Veteran’s Counselor
  • Career/Employment Counselor
  • Research Assistant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Human Resource manager
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Law enforcement and corrections
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Criminal Investigator (FBI and other) 

Please note: some of the above may require advanced education/certification and work experience.

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