B.S. Psychology | University of Wisconsin - Stout

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Are you interested in the way the human mind operates?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology is for people who want to understand how and why people think, feel, and behave the way they do. Designed according to American Psychological Association guidelines, our program provides a foundation in both basic psychological theory and application of psychology to real-world issues. If you’re interested in helping individuals, schools, businesses, communities, and the world our program may be right for you. 

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Graduates from our program develop strong skills in writing, critical thinking, and working with people which makes them attractive candidates for a wide variety of entry-level positions in human services, education, health, government, and business. Importantly, our graduates also have the background to pursue advanced training in areas such as counseling, research, medicine, and law.

Our unique program offers:

  • Courses in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Consumer Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
  • State-of-the-art psychology research laboratory and equipment
  • 3-year degree option 
  • Flexible program that can be tailored to individual interests and goals 
  • Individual faculty advisor 
  • Multiple applied learning activities – including internships

Concentrations, Minors, Certificates

  • Pre-Law (Preprofessional study)
  • Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Minor in Human Resource Management
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Workplace Diversity

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Psychology is the scientific study of the thoughts, feelings, motivations, and behaviors of individuals. The goal of this program is to prepare you to contribute to the improvement of the human condition. If you care about people, and want to understand and help them, a bachelor’s degree in psychology is a great place to start.

Objectives & Outcomes

APA Guidelines, which the B.S. in Psychology program has adopted, include ten goals broken into two categories, 1) Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology, and 2) Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology

Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology
Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Goal 4. Application of Psychology
Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Goal 5. Values in Psychology
Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology

Goal 6. Information and Technological Literacy
Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

Goal 7. Communication Skills
Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Goal 8. Sociocultural and International Awareness
Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

Goal 9. Personal Development
Students will develop insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Goal 10. Career Planning and Development
Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities

Psychology is a diverse field and graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of areas. The psychology program is designed to help you develop critical skills for success in whatever career you choose. 

With a bachelor’s degree graduates get jobs like these:

  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Career Counselor
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Life Skills Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Neuropsychology Assistant
  • Probation Officer
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Worker

Graduates go into graduate and professional programs in:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Engineering Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Social Psychology
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M.S. Degree in Applied Psychology

UW-Stout's Masters of Science degree in Applied Psychology strengthens your applied research and data analysis skills.

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