Psychology

Mission Statement

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and cognition. The baccalaureate degree program is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of behavior and mental processes as well as with skills needed to design, analyze, and interpret research. Knowledge gained through the psychology baccalaureate program is useful in a variety of areas such as business or the service sector; it also provides the foundation for further study of psychology at the graduate level. The associate degree program is intended to prepare students for further study of psychology at the undergraduate level. The minor program is intended to familiarize students with a range of topics and skills in psychology.

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science – Major in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Psychology
  • Associate of Arts – Concentration in Psychology

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • Achieve greater awareness of human development and multicultural influences on development
  • Understand and discuss at an appropriate level of depth the primary theoretical perspectives in psychology
  • Achieve greater awareness of the causes, development, and treatment of abnormal behavior
  • Understand, discuss, and use scientific terms and concepts common in psychology research
  • Achieve the ability to critically read and evaluate psychological research studies

Job Opportunities for Psychology Graduates:

Graduates of psychology baccalaureate programs often find work outside of psychology in areas such as business, marketing, public relations, and retail. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology also find jobs related to psychology in areas including community and social services, education, and corrections.

Graduate Studies:

During the past decade, numerous graduates of Rio’s psychology baccalaureate program have gone on to graduate programs in psychology, including master’s degree programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and school psychology. In addition to graduate programs in psychology, Rio psychology graduates have also been accepted into law school and master’s programs in psychiatric nursing.  

Program Specific Contact Information:

Please contact Dr. Chad Duncan for further information.