Psychology (BA, BS)

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind.

Students who study psychology at Ohio State take courses in the brain and behavior, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology. Psychology students have access to faculty who are prominent researchers and have opportunities to work alongside them in research labs, studying topics such as emotion regulation, childhood mood disorders, stress and health in pregnancy, language perception, psychopharmacology, attitude formation, neurobiology of learning and memory, stress and cognition, brain plasticity after trauma, animal models of psychiatric disorders (Alzheimer's, depression, schizophrenia), and the biology of human social interactions.

Students work with advisors committed to their academic and career success. A wealth of programming and opportunities including research, internships, career exploration talks, study abroad and social events, allow students to reach beyond the classroom to individualize their learning. Psychology Student Ambassadors encourage community within the department through mentoring, events and social media.

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A strong liberal arts education with a major in psychology will prepare students for entry into many career fields and graduate/professional programs. The following are some of the fields that graduates with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have entered: administration and management, business and industry, casework, child care, employment interviewing, gerontology, health services, marketing and public relations, personnel, probation and parole, psychiatric assistant, research or laboratory assistant, sales, teaching, and technical writing.

courses you might take:

PSYCH 4998: Undergraduate Research in Psychology

As a psychology student, you have the opportunity to work in a research lab under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Research experience strengthens an undergraduate degree and is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology, as well as for students desiring to develop research skills as part of their career preparation. Participation in research opportunities can help you test your interest in research and interact more closely with faculty members who share your interests. Students can earn academic credit for assisting with research by enrolling in Psychology 4998.

PSYCH 3331: Abnormal Psychology

Examination of current theories and empirical findings regarding the major forms of psychopathology and treatment.

PSYCH 4630: Attitudes and Persuasion

Overview of the major psychological theories and research in the area of attitudes and persuasion - how people's opinions, beliefs, and evaluations are formed and modified.

PSYCH 2303: Positive Psychology

Introduction to the field of positive psychology. Topics include positive affect, subjective well-being, optimism, psychological strengths, emotional intelligence, compassion, humor, and spirituality.

PSYCH 4644: Hormones and Behavior

Exploration of the interactions among hormones, brain, and behavior through an integrative approach.

PSYCH 4540: Counseling Psychology

Issues within the field of counseling psychology including assessment, counseling skills, multicultural issues, career, professional and ethical issues.



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