Psychology

Welcome to the homepage of the Psychology program at the University of Northern Colorado.

The goal of psychology is to understand the processes involved in thoughts, actions, feelings, and experiences. To explain these processes psychologists develop theories, which guide hypotheses that are tested scientifically through qualitative and quantitative research methods. This scientific approach is applied by psychologists to the study of humans and other animals. The results of psychological research benefit professionals from many fields and can be important in shaping, for example, clinical and educational practices and social policies.

Across the required and elective hours of our curriculum, psychology students develop transferable skills in several areas including research design and analysis, the ability to understand human behavior, recognition of and tolerance for diversity, report writing and presentation, establishing rapport in groups, and critical thinking. With these skills, graduates gain employment as, for example: educators, counselors, administrators, managers, personnel analysts, researchers (including market researchers), police and corrections officers, and sales people. Many of our graduates also enter masters and doctoral programs in various areas of psychology and in rehabilitation. Psychology Field Experience is an internship for advanced majors that provides experiential learning and an opportunity to explore psychology-related careers.

We are home to an active chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students. Psi Chi works closely with the program faculty and provides social and preprofessional opportunities to qualifying students. Also, we strongly encourage high achieving students with an affinity for research and an interest in graduate school to consider applying to the University Honors Program.