Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, mental processes, and human interaction. The requirements for the bachelor of science degree in Psychology are designed to introduce the student to the broad spectrum domains of psychological knowledge, skills, and profession. At the undergraduate level, the Department offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree which involves 39 required credits in psychology (13 required courses) covering the core knowledge upon which psychology is based, such as research design, statistics, and physiological psychology/neuroscience. The psychology major is introduced to seven senior-level specialty courses in ethics, history and systems, and several applied areas of psychological practice.
A Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at LSUS requires a solid foundation in closely allied fields of biological and physical sciences, as well as related social sciences. An undergraduate major involves a total of 120 credit hours. A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology prepares graduates for entry-level employment in human service agencies and organizations, industrial settings, laboratories, mental health settings and hospitals, and any profession that involves understanding human interaction and behavior. Many psychology majors decide to pursue advanced graduate level training in one of the specialty areas of psychological practice such as Clinical or Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, School Psychology, Health Psychology, or Industrial - Organizational Psychology. Psychology majors may also decide on law or medical schools following graduation. The Department of Psychology is the second largest LSUS major with approximately 250 majors. The Department also has approximately 100 graduate students in two graduate degree programs.
The LSUS Department of Psychology also offers two graduate degree programs: The Master of Science in Counseling and the Specialist in School Psychology which are described from links on the right margin of this page. The MS in Counseling program is designed to lead to licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Louisiana and is a 48 hour (two year) graduate degree program. The Specialist in School Psychology is a 72 hour professional degree program (two years academic study plus one year internship) which directly leads to certification as a School Psychologist.
There are thirteen full-time department faculty, between two and 18 part-time adjunct professors, a department administrative assistant, and 8 - 12 graduate assistants.