The School of Science and Humanities offers a 120-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Psychology. These programs include experiential opportunities and are geared toward the needs of students who may wish, upon graduation, to pursue various opportunities in psychology.
The Bachelor's of Science in Psychology curriculum provides students exposure to foundational content that provides them opportunities to develop an understanding of human behavior and prepare them for the Maine State Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community certification (MHRT/C), bachelor's level entry positions common to most community mental health agencies, or for graduate school admission.
Students who choose to take the courses required by the State of Maine to fulfill the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification (MHRT/C) may apply for this certificate upon graduation. This is a credential necessary for employment in entry level mental health positions at mental health agencies throughout the state of Maine. Entry level positions in the mental health field are typically referred to as "case management" or "community integration services" positions. These positions typically involve working as part of team providing case management and skills development to adults with mental health or co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse). Additionally, individuals in these positions assist clients in recovery doing individual and group work by providing skills based services (e.g., communication skills development, independent living skills training, health education, etc.). Entry level positions also require that the employee have a working knowledge of housing options, entitlement programs, and the ability to work as part of a treatment team with other professionals in various fields (e.g., psychologists, physicians, occupational therapists, etc.).
Students may also choose to select courses tailored to their own interests to earn a degree in psychology to pursue an individualized career path or attend graduate school. Depending on the students individual interests, the psychology program can help create a solid foundation to be competitive in the job or academic market. Students working toward a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology are highly encouraged to complete a minor.
Please discuss your career goals with your advisor to ensure you take the classes that are the best fit for you. If you are interested in earning the MHRT/C certificate, please work with your advisor to ensure you take the courses currently required by the State of Maine.
Copies of the curriculum sheet is available from your advisor or any Psychology faculty member.
The School also offers a Psychology minor of 21 credit hours.
The undergraduate psychology program also supports the Dual degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. This is a five-year dual degree program in which the student, upon completion of program requirements, is awarded the degrees of B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.S. in Psychology.