Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Appalachian State University’s Psychology (BS) - Natural Science degree is designed for students interested in going into a number of different health professions. This concentration allows students to take the required science courses for admissions into their desired health professions program.
In this degree, you will have the opportunity to learn from faculty throughout the Department of Psychology who are expert researchers and teachers. Students often participate with faculty in research projects and are encouraged to pursue an internship, two opportunities that offer practical experience.
A vast majority of students pursue an advanced degree in a medical or health profession.
A minor is not required, but it is possible to complete with a Natural Science concentration.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- Appalachian State University Chapter of Psi Chi - A chapter the national honor society in psychology sponsored by the American Psychological Association. It is open to students who complete nine hours of psychology course and meet a cumulative GPA requirements.
- Students in the department are involved with research presentation days and competitions through the Council on Undergraduate Research, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- Southeastern Psychological Association - a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA).
- The Natural Science concentration prepares students for the specific admissions exams to their health profession.
- Students at both the undergraduate and graduate level participate in research with faculty on a volunteer basis or for academic credit. Each semester, approximately 70-100 students participate in research per semester.
- Students are encouraged to pursue an internship with the help of the department’s internship coordinator.
- The Department of Psychology offers four graduate degrees in clinical, school, experimental psychology, and industrial/organizational-human resources management.
- Scholarships are available through the department.
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Some of these jobs require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Health Club Manager
- Health Educator
- Health Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Public Health Statistician