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Psychological Sciences

Explore the complexities of the human mind.

As a member of Bethel’s psychological sciences department, you'll study the hows and whys of mental processes and behaviors—and you won't just do it through textbooks. You'll collaborate with award-winning professors on cutting-edge research while learning to integrate your faith with current psychological science.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Neuroscience Major
Psychological Sciences Major Minor

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Unravel the mysteries of the mind.

As a psychology or neuroscience major, you'll explore motivation and behavior while gaining hands-on experience through research. You'll develop a strong understanding of the history and theory of psychology, principles of cognition and behavior, and research and data interpretation techniques. And you'll apply your learning through a practical internship in places like counseling offices, hospitals, corporations, churches, and other settings tailored to your interests, passions, and career goals.

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full-time faculty in the department

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psychology majors

Program Highlights

Hands-on research

Collaborate with professors to make scholarly contributions in areas like face recognition, adoption, social perception, and more.

Flexible curriculum

Take advantage of our flexible curriculum to double major or minor and position yourself for a rewarding career in a variety of fields.

Relevant certificates

Earn a certificate in addiction studies or alcohol and drug counseling to expand your knowledge of psychology and neuroscience.

International travel

Study the European pioneers of psychology while immersing yourself in the culture of the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, and France.

What can I do with a psychology or neuroscience major?

Psychology and neuroscience majors at Bethel prepare for careers in the helping professions or for graduate study. They become counselors, researchers, school psychologists, behavior therapists, and more.

Careers

Psychology graduates are:

  • Licensed Counselors
  • University Professors
  • Clinical and Research Neuroscientists
  • School Counselors and Psychologists
  • Statisticians
  • Physicians and Dentists
  • School Administrators
  • Behavior Therapists

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • Cornell University
  • Columbia University
  • Boston College
  • Bethel University Graduate School or Seminary
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Kansas
  • Marquette University
  • University of Washington
  • Southern Illinois university
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of St. Mary's

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Counseling psychology
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • School psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Clinical psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Special education
  • Medical school
  • Physician assistant