Psychology

What is Psychology? Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists are concerned with those biological, cognitive, and social factors that influence how humans and other animals function within their environments. Psychology at UCSB is a laboratory science that is grounded in experimental research methods and statistics.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biopsychology. (See the Biopsychology sheet for information on that major.) The department offers courses in the broad areas of perception and performance, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. Students have the opportunity to complete coursework in each of the major areas of psychology and to gain experience in psychological research methods.

General Major Information

How Can I Tell If I Would Like Psychology?

Students who pursue a Psychology major tend to be inquisitive about human behavior and how the mind works. While there are varied specializations within the field, Psychology students develop answers to questions they may have about themselves and others, through an interdisciplinary approach. Since Psychology at UCSB is a laboratory science, all students learn about designing and evaluating research experiments, and some may actually conduct their own in collaboration with graduate students and faculty.

What Are Potential Topics Within This Major?

Although the following list can provide students with topics that may be covered in this major, look at the UCSB catalog and consult with the Undergraduate Department Advisor for more detailed information about requirements and course offerings.

Cognition
Social Psychology
Perception
Health Psychology
Psychopathology
Biopsychology
Social Behavior
Conditioning and Learning
Human Memory
Social Norms
Motivation
Neuroscience
Psychotherapy
Psychopharmacology

To learn more about whether you might enjoy this major, check with a peer in the Career Resource Room for details on:

- Focus 2 to explore college majors and careers.

- The Strong Interest Inventory®, an assessment that compares your interests against six broad categories of work. This assessment helps match your interests and suggests potential careers to explore.

General Career Information

What Are Some Possible Career Options?
Note: On its own, your major does not dictate what your job will be. The following list provides only a handful of possibilities. Psychology majors with strong liberal arts background may pursue career options in many fields. Depending on experience, specialized coursework, and possible graduate study, options include:

Business Fields: Advertising Trainee, Human Resources Coordinator/Manager/Specialist, Industrial Organizational
Psychologist, Loan Officer, Products & Services Research, Public Relations
Education Fields: Instructor/Professor, Public Opinion Surveyor, Researcher, School Counselor/Psychologist,
Student Affairs Officer/Administrator
Human Services Fields: Case Worker, Clinical Psychologist, Community Outreach Worker, Corrections Officer,
Employment Counselor, Genetic Counselor, Marriage Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation
Counselor, Social Worker

To learn more about these and other occupations, please visit:
O*Net Online

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Come visit the Career Resource Room to see our vast collection of career books and resources.

See what other UCSB alumni are doing with their major on LinkedIn.

 

Psychology Careers
This siteprovides information on different careers in the field, graduate programs, and transcribed informational interviews with folks in a variety of careers in psychology.

Masters and Doctoral-Level Careers in Psychology
Describes a number of psychology and psychology-related career options that require graduate degrees.

Careers in Psychology and Mental Health
Provides resources and references for students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. This includes information about careers in psychology and mental health.

US Department of Labor
Contains brief job descriptions, employment outlooks, training requirements, and related occupations for "psychologists." Includes cognitive, counseling, developmental, experimental, industrial-organizational, school, and social psychologists.

Focus 2
Check out “What Can I do with a major in…?” under Focus

Graduate and Professional Schools

GradSchools.com
This is a comprehensive website that provides information about where graduate programs are offered throughout the nation.

Peterson's On-Line Graduate Services
This is a database to help find where graduate programs are offered throughout the U.S.

 

APA Guide to Getting Into Grad School
Once you have reached the decision to go to grad school, this site helps answer this question: “What are the next steps to finding and getting into a graduate program?”
 

Social Psychology Network 
Lots of tips on how to get into graduate school, plus advice on how to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), develop an academic vita, and get good letters of recommendation.
 

Graduate School Options for Psychology Majors
This section will help you learn about graduate programs in psychology, education, and social work that will prepare you for work in psychology and psychology-related careers.

Experience Search Strategies

Get Experience

http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/internships
Build your qualifications by exploring various opportunities to get experience in your field of interest.

Job Listings

UCSB Career Services “Job Search” section

http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/students/job-search/job-lists-resources
Check out job links in the following categories: Local/CA, National, Industry Specific, and UCSB Careers By Majors.

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/
When you join LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Job Listings in Psychology
From the Social Psychology Network, search by academic-oriented listings, non-profits, and listings outside of the U.S.

APS Employment Network
The Association for Psychological Sciences job board.

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers
The information contained on this website is for use by psychology intern applicants, psychology interns, psychology post docs, trainers of psychologists, and psychology faculty members.

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

American Counseling Association
As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference.

American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/#sthash.PxxpQCWt.dpuf

As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference.

- See more at: http://www.counseling.org/#sthash.PxxpQCWt.dpuf

As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference.

- See more at: http://www.counseling.org/#sthash.PxxpQCWt.dpuf

As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/#sthash.PxxpQCWt.dpufSociety of Industrial & Organizational PsychologyAmerican Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

UCSB Resources