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Psychology program at Mount St. Mary's University

Psychology

A major to think about.

Whether it’s helping children overcome behavioral issues, organizing needed social services for communities, or aiding businesses in recognizing customer habits, those with a background in psychology make progress through understanding the human condition.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The psychology program is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

A bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Mount will help you build the analytical, interpersonal and critical thinking skills needed to thrive in many related fields.

You’ll learn about psychological research methods and statistics, along with how to design experiments and interpret results. Courses will cover lifespan development from conception to older adulthood, along with social psychology topics in social perception, attitude formation and change, altruism, aggression, conformity and group interaction.

Additional courses cover biopsychology, experimental learning, and classical and operant conditioning. Laboratory experiences will also add a hands-on learning component to complement in-class lectures. Complete the program with an extensive research project where you’ll cover advanced topics in philosophy of science, research design and statistical analysis.

After graduation, you’ll have the education and experience necessary begin a career with a rehabilitation center or as a research assistant, or pursue a specialized graduate program to become a clinical psychologist, career counselor or therapist.

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Maggie Fiore Mount St. Mary's Class of 2017

I’m thrilled about what the future has in store for me and entirely grateful to the friends and family I've made at the Mount who have given me unyielding support and have gotten me to where I am today.

Maggie Fiore, C'17 Pursuing Master of Arts in science writing, Johns Hopkins University

About the major.

The psychology department also administers a custom-designed biopsychology major under the university's interdisciplinary major program.

You’ll learn about the relationship of brain and hormones to psychological functioning, as well as examine basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology important to behavior. Course material will also cover the biological bases of motor movement, sleep, reproduction, memory, language and psychopathology.

If you’re interested in this major, contact your advisor to discuss your custom degree plan.

Where psychology majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in psychology/biopsychology have been hired by companies and into positions such as:

  • Ryan LaLumiere, C'00, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Joe Simmons, C'99, Wharton School, UPenn
  • Patrick Kulesa, C'93, Global Research Director, Towers Perrin
  • Christina Figlozzi, C'92 Baltimore Pediatrician
  • Mark Sobus, C'89, R&D Strategic Solutions
  • 2nd Lieutenant – United States Army
  • Quality Control Chemist and Microbiologist – Teawolf
  • Research Assistant – LIU Post
  • Mental Health Worker – Shepard Pratt Health
  • Assistant Teacher – Ivymount School
  • Rehabilitation Counselor – Cornerstone Montgomery
  • Neuroscience Researcher – Johns Hopkins University
  • Transition Specialist – Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Northwest)
  • Community Living Assistant – Target Communities and Educational Services Inc.
  • Accounting Assistant – Johnson Mirmiran Thompson

And are pursuing graduate degrees or post-graduation opportunities, many within the last three years, at:

  • Villanova University – Master’s Program – Theology
  • Johns Hopkins University – Master's Program – Counseling
  • Johns Hopkins University – Master's Program – Science Writing
  • Tufts University – Master's Program – Occupational Therapy
  • Georgetown University – Continuing Studies – Data Science
  • Baylor University School of Law
  • Virginia Tech – Master’s Program – Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Hofstra University – Master's Program – School Counseling
  • John Carroll University – Master's Program – Clinical and Mental Health
  • University of Maryland – Master's Program – Social Work
  • McDaniel College – Master’s Program – Counseling
  • Roosevelt University –Master’s Program – Clinical Psychology
  • Temple University – Master’s Program – School Psychology
  • East Carolina University – Master’s Program – Counselor Education
  • Seton Hill University –Master’s Program – Art Therapy with Counseling
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University – Master’s Program – Teaching
  • UMBC – Master’s Program – Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Queen’s University – Master’s Program – Sport Psychology
  • Hood College – Master’s Program – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Simmons College – Master’s Program – Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Divine Mercy – Master’s Program – Clinical Psychology
  • Princeton University
  • University of Denver
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Penn State
  • Loyola College
  • Hahnemann University
  • Marywood University
  • Towson University
  • Radford University
  • Shippensburg University
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About the minor.

The Mount’s psychology minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a sociology major and become a social service manager for a community organization, a communication degree to pursue a career in marketing, or a business major to work in fundraising for a nonprofit.