Introduction

The Bachelor in Science (B.S.) in Psychology degree program is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.

Overview

Psychology is the science of behavior and human experience.  The B.S. in Psychology major at Robert Morris University provides education, scholarship, and training to prepare students for careers or graduate programs in psychology and related fields.  The goal of the program is to develop knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills and ethical practice.

Concentration options for the Psychology B.S. degree include:

  • Clinical
  • General
  • Sport Psychology
The psychology major at Robert Morris University provides education and training in psychology to prepare students for successful careers or graduate programs in psychology and related fields, such as child care, counseling, research, law or social work.

There is also the chance for high-performing students who desire to go to law school the to become candidates in the Early Law School Admission Program.  Students have the opportunity through this program to complete three years of undergraduate work at Robert Morris followed by three years of law school at Duquesne University School of Law.  The first year of law school is counted towards the undergraduate degree.  

Program Goals

The goals of the B.S. in Psychology degree program are to prepare professionals who can:

  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills in psychology;
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking, decision-making and general application skills necessary for ethical and competent performance in human services occupations;
  • Conduct and integrate traditional and developing methods of research and scholarship and apply these methods to practical problems in human endeavors; and
  • Communicate clearly and succinctly in professional writing, presentation and scholarship.

Curriculum Requirements

The program is unique for several reasons. First, by completing the required RMU core, students gain computer and communications skills not typically found in other psychology programs. Secondly, the program requires completion of an academic minor and a two-semester practicum experience, in which students complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work in a setting that meets their career interests. Finally, 27 credits of open electives allow students to fulfill requirements of another major or minor, or to select a broader range of courses.

The B.S. in Psychology degree program requires 120 credit hours. The curriculum has four components:

  • Robert Morris University Core - 39 credits
    These are the traditional liberal arts requirements of the University. Studies in humanities, communications skills, and social, behavioral, natural and quantitative sciences are included.

  • Psychology Core - 36 credits
    This component includes advanced course work in psychology. Studies in social psychology, child psychology, human growth and development, industrial psychology, abnormal psychology, physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral research and statistics are included, plus a two-semester practicum.

  • Required Minor - 18 credits
    This component requires students to complete an approved minor by taking a minimum of six courses in an area of interest.

  • Open Electives - 27 credits
    This component permits students to select courses from other University programs to personalize the program of study.

Internship

Students complete an internship at sites such as: Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, Allegheny General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Chartiers Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, Early Learning Center, Family Behavioral Resources, Gateway Rehabilitation, Glade Run Adventures, Home Instead Senior Care, Pressley Ridge, RMU Athletic Department, Watson Institute.

The Psychology Advisory Board consists of local professionals who provide advice and input on the program and the internship component.  

Sample Job Titles

Social worker, counselor, clinical coordinator, child care provider, recreation specialist, management trainee, research assistant, residential advisor, career counselor, academic advisor, customer service representative, sales associate, recruiter, police officer.

Concentrations