An applied psychology degree is an excellent fit for students hoping to pursue counseling, teaching, research, graduate school, applied behavior analysis, business, and many other careers.
Applied Psychology students learn about how humans develop over time, how our brain functions, how we act in social situations, what affects our physical and mental health, how to assess and identify psychological disorders, and how to provide a variety of evidenced-based interventions to people in need.
Our program provides a strong core curriculum designed to meet American Psychological Association (APA) standards. It emphasizes how to apply knowledge and skills so you are highly prepared for a variety of careers. Core courses include Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Behavior Modification, Counseling, and Career Preparation.
This strong base is complemented with the flexibility to select from a diverse set of applied elective courses. Academic advisors help students design an in-depth and personalized course sequence that best prepares them for their chosen career. Courses are taught with an emphasis on engagement, critical thinking, applying knowledge to real-world situations, building strengths, and practicing the specific skills necessary for immediate employment or graduate school upon graduating with this degree.
Skills based focus
Allows 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.
Applied Experience Requirement
Students 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.
Opportunities to further enrich academic experience include:
- Service and professional development clubs (e.g., Psychology Club, Psi Chi Honors Society, Circle K)
- Research projects with faculty
- Teaching assistant for a class
- Regional psychological conferences (e.g., Western Psychological Association).
Additionally, Oregon Tech provides valuable Master of Science degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis for interested applied psychology degree graduates.
There are a wide variety of job options available for our applied psychology degree graduates:
Career options include:
- Qualified Mental Health Associate
- Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis including Behavior Analyst and Registered Behavior Technician
- DHS Child Welfare Caseworkers
- Probation and Parole Officer
- Rehabilitation Specialist
- Career/School Counselor
Local Employers of recent psychology graduates:
- Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
- Department of Human Services
- Lutheran Community Services
- Sky Lakes Medical Center
- Klamath City or County School District
Core curriculum includes:
Basic Counseling Techniques
Learn the essential theories and practice the skills necessary to provide effective counseling to those in need.
Learn about the many counterintuitive phenomena which can influence human behavior due to different social forces.
Learn about the biological basis for human behavior including the fascinating interaction between brain and body.
Learn about how to modify human and animal behavior through specialized applied behavior analysis techniques.
Field and Career Preparation
Explore the many careers, graduate programs, externships, and internships in psychology and complete the necessary steps to be prepared for your ideal career path.
Learn about the causes and prevalence of, assessment and diagnostic criteria for, and evidenced-based treatment for diverse psychological disorders.