Applied Psychology (B.S.)



The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology is a select program that educates students on theoretical psychology and research, and provides them with direct applied experience though a 15-credit internship that is integrated into the program. 

Students graduating from this program will have the knowledge, practical experience, and professional exposure to enter directly into the workforce.


Program Highlights

- SUNY Cobleskill's program prepares students for employment with a bachelor's degree, while most psychology programs prepare students for graduate school.

- SUNY Cobleskill has the only rural/community program in New York State and one of only a few organic psychology programs in New York State.

- Hands on practice through a 3-credit experience and a full-time internship

- Low student/faculty ratio provides students with personal advisement and mentoring.

- Significant program growth from semester to semester

- Professional faculty are continually engaged in stimulating research activities and present at prominent national psychology conferences. In addition, one faculty member was recently nominated for the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Admission Requirements

For incoming freshman:
- High school average > 80
- 2 years math
- 1 year lab science (biology preferred)
- 1000 minimum SAT

For current SUNY Cobleskill students:
- Cumulative 2.50 GPA required)

What Will I Learn?

Students will gain exposure to many areas of study in psychology with varied course selections. Students can also obtain work experience or get involved in supervised research. All Applied Psychology students will experience shared core theoretical coursework first and second years. After that, students will choose a concentration that meets their individual career goals. Students will choose a Rural/Community Concentration or an Industrial/Organizational concentration. These different concentrations have coursework that is tailored to the focus, including an internship experience that suits the student's concentration. The Rural/Community concentration focuses on advocacy or advancement in community environments, such as family and children, youth, drug and alcohol and poverty. Students in the industrial/Organizational track will focus on business, organizational psychology, organizational communication and markets.
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Career Outlook

Career options include:

- Affirmative Action Officer
- Recreational Worker
- Urban Planning Officer
- Human Resources Agent
- Advertising Copywriter
- Media Buyer
- Health Educator
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Hospital Program Administrator
- Psychiatric Assistant
- Director of Volunteer Services
- Public Statistician
- Insurance Technician
- Technical Writer
- Sales Representative for Academic Texts
- Opinion Survey Researcher
- Lab Assistant
- Scientific Instrument Salesperson
- Corrections Work

Alumni/Recent Graduates

Recent graduates are now employed at organizations such as:

- Office of the Deputy Comptroller
   for Human Resources and Administration
- Springbrook
- US Army
- Berkshire Farm
- SUNY Cobleskill
- Bryant and Stratton College
- Columbia Memorial Hospital