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Applied Psychology

About Applied Psychology

If you have a desire to help people, are fascinated with the human mind, or want a good base for advanced study and/or teaching, Applied Psychology is an excellent choice for you.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology prepares students for careers that apply the principles of psychology in a variety of settings.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology
Minor in Psychology

Locations

Klamath Falls
Online (Minor only)
Wilsonville

About Our Program

Mission

The mission of Applied Psychology, a Bachelor of Science degree program, is to enable students to apply general knowledge of psychology and in-depth knowledge and skill in specific areas of psychology to communicate effectively, think critically, behave ethically and with cultural awareness, and work interpersonally with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

After a shared two-year learning experience, our program allows students to choose among three emphasis areas:

  1. Human Services - The human services emphasis focuses on preparing you for work with social service agencies and mandated clients, or for pursuing graduate school in a variety of areas such as social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, or clinical psychology.
  2. Organizational Development - In organizational development, you will learn how businesses change and develop and how best to manage the evolution. This track will also prepare you for the option of pursuing graduate school in a variety of areas such as industrial organizational psychology or business.
  3. Pre-Education - In pre-education, you will prepare for careers working with a wide range of ages in many settings, including graduate studies in education. There you may choose to focus on elementary, special, school counseling or secondary education with an emphasis in social sciences.

All three emphases employ seminars, externships, and senior projects to prepare students for exciting and rewarding careers in the field of psychology, or for additional coursework in graduate programs.

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If you have a desire to help people, are fascinated with the human mind, or want a good base for advanced study or teaching, Applied Psychology is an excellent choice for you.  Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls Campus offers accredited options for students pursuing the diverse field of Applied Psychology.

Helping Others and Organizations through Applied Psychology

The BS in Applied Psychology enables students to apply general and comprehensive knowledge of psychology by utilizing in-depth applications and skills in specific areas of the field. The result: innovative professionals who can communicate effectively, think critically, behave ethically and with cultural awareness, and work interpersonally with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

What makes this program unique?

Oregon Tech’s program provides a strong core curriculum, designed to meet American Psychological Association standards, while highlighting application of knowledge and skills. The core spans the areas of Developmental, Abnormal, Social, Cognitive, and Counseling psychologies, as well as Behavior Modification, Research Methods, and more. As an applied program, both core and elective courses have a skills-based focus, allowing students to identify personal strengths, apply knowledge to real-world situations, create and implement new ideas, and ultimately be prepared to immediately enter the workforce or continue on to graduate programs.

In addition to the core curriculum, students can choose from a diverse offering of electives and focus on one or many areas of psychology. This creates a unique opportunity to build an in-depth and personalized psychology degree. Interested in education? Health? Counseling? Business? Making a difference in your own community? Advisors will help tailor your electives so you gain the experience you need to pursue your career of choice. 

An additional two aspects of the BS in Applied Psychology at Oregon Tech make this a program that stands out from other universities. First, the Applied Psychology program also offers Capstone in Applied Psychology (CAP) courses. These CAP courses vary by term and give senior students the opportunity to synthesize knowledge learned throughout the degree program and apply core principles and theories of psychology to a selected topic. Second, through an Applied Experience, students have the opportunity to participate in externships, advanced research courses, and/or community work to prepare themselves for exciting and rewarding careers in psychology or for additional coursework in graduate programs.

Student Profile

David Clarke

David Clarke

Alumnus, Class of 2013

Unlike larger schools, the professors know each student by name and motivate each student to achieve their absolute best...