Psychology: Behavioral Science

If you wish to study psychology, Western Michigan University has a minor and two majors—general psychology and behavioral science—from which you can choose. Our programs are unique in their intensive emphasis on applied learning.

As a psychology major at WMU, you will study general psychology, behavior analysis and child psychology before moving into theory and methods courses that serve as the foundation to WMU's natural-science approach to psychology. While WMU doesn't offer specialized degrees, you are able to customize the program to fit your interests and goals. Elective courses may be concentrated in one of several areas including, among others:

  • Child psychology
  • Clinical psychology and counseling
  • Organizational psychology
  • Management of health-related behaviors
  • Drug use and abuse

If you are a high school student interested in psychology, you should pursue a well-balanced academic program that emphasizes writing and mathematical skills, with a broad foundation in the natural and social sciences.

If you are planning to transfer to WMU from another college or university, you should pursue the above academic areas along with basic psychology courses. Some psychology credits can be transferred to WMU from community colleges and other accredited institutions in partial fulfillment of a major or minor in psychology.

Beyond the classroom

Due to the importance of real-world experience, you will be required to complete a field study or lab if you choose to major in psychology at WMU. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in a realistic setting. You may choose an existing departmental course or can design your own upon approval.

WMU's Department of Psychology also offers many opportunities for you to help with research projects by participating as a subject or research assistant.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in psychology are working as:

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Schools, colleges and universities

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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