Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Students in Drexel’s BS in Psychology learn how to frame and find answers to important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, and how to apply their findings to improve lives. Students have the opportunity to conduct research alongside the department’s distinguished faculty, who lead innovative research and clinical projects in areas including health, forensic, cognitive, human experimental, neuro and clinical psychology. Through Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program and faculty research projects, students gain hands-on, resume-enhancing experience to prepare them for the next step in their career.
BS in Psychology Areas of Focus
Mind, Brain and Behavior
The MBB area of focus allows psychology majors to concentrate their plan of study on how the mind and brain produce human behavior. Situating the mind within its biological substrate is one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century. MBB covers introductory through advanced courses, exposing students to the formal study of the human mind and behavior, and their underlying brain systems and structures.
This area allows students to focus on issues affecting human development across the lifespan. Using a biological, cognitive and socio-emotional perspective, students gain both breadth and depth in the understanding of current issues in child, adolescent and adult development.
Clinical and Health
For those interested in health and service careers, this area of focus includes coursework, experiential learning, and individualized mentorship, providing students with practical experience in the field.
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Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their resumes and building a professional network in the process. Psychology majors find co-op positions in hospitals, school districts, independent research institutes, academic settings, and within Drexel faculty labs.
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By actively engaging in independent research alongside department faculty, psychology majors develop their skills as scientists and benefit from the close mentorship of faculty advisors, preparing them for successful experiences in graduate school. Students may conduct research for credit under two formal course mechanisms: Independent Study and the Senior Thesis.
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The Department of Psychology strongly encourages our students to get out of town! (And by town, we mean the country.) Many Drexel psychology students have taken advantage of the rich experiences that come from international study, co-op and service activities. We encourage all of our majors to travel abroad, if possible, to nourish intellectual curiosity, gain an appreciation for cultural diversity, form new friendships and have fun. For more information, contact Reni Gibney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Clubs and Organizations
The undergraduate program offers many activities and clubs to help foster a sense of community within the department. The Psi Chi International Honor Society, Drexel Psychology Club and Students of Color in Psychology are active, student-lead organizations that not only organize career, GRE and mock-interview workshops, but also host movie nights with the faculty and plan other social events.
Mentorship and Support
To support our incoming freshmen, each student is paired with a faculty member with a similar clinical or research interest. Faculty meet with students once per term during their first year at Drexel to help them get acclimated to the program, granting the student a consistent faculty point-of-contact during their first year. These interactions help psychology majors better understand how their interests can align with faculty interests and research programs, which can translate into lab participation opportunities.
Psychology Major Careers
Psychology prepares graduates for success in a range of clinical, behavioral, research and organizational careers. At Drexel, psychology majors gain marketable skills that are transferrable to many industries. Recent graduates of our Psychology program have gone on to careers such as:
- Clinical Trial Associate, GlaxoSmithKline
- Research Assistant, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Neuropsychology Tech, Jefferson Health System
- Psychological Assistant, the Lihn Center for Psychology
- Many competitive law and graduate programs