Science of the Mind

The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It’s the source of all thought and behaviour. Psychology is a science that seeks to answer the what, how, when and why about behaviour. Although other disciplines address many of the same problems, psychology differs from these areas in the way it attempts to answer these questions.

What Is The Study of Psychology?

Psychology traverses various scientific fields, often overlapping with other disciplines. When studying effects of the brain on behaviour, psychology overlaps with neurosciences, physiology and computer science; in the study of social behaviours, psychology overlaps with sociology, cultural anthropology and sociobiology; in the study of thinking and reasoning, there is overlap philosophy and artificial intelligence

But Psychology stands alone in its attempt to resolve the riddles of individual behavior. To study this, Psychology relies heavily on experimental procedures, clinical observations and careful study of humans and animals in natural settings.

The common career association with a degree in Psychology is Professional Psychology, which can be divided into two main areas:

  • Academic psychologists: teach in the universities, carry out basic research make up about 40% of the total profession
  • Applied psychologists: concerned primarily with the application of findings from basic research and share the common goal of helping people to function as effectively as possible

Why Study Psychology At CBU?

Keeping your mind moving and engaged while you learn how it works.

  • Small classes, taught by passionate faculty, gives Psychology students at CBU the chance to do research in their first year.
  • Although Psychology often can’t produce answers immediately, many find scientific understanding of behaviour gives greater “insight” into their own behaviour and others.
  • A broad knowledge of psychology is useful for careers in many other areas, such as teaching, social work, business, medicine, law, recreation and community studies:
    • If you want to become a teacher, take courses in developmental psychology or courses which cover processes involved in learning
    • Those interested in government or business should study the social psychology of small groups.
    • People interested in law have an opportunity to study abnormal personalities and the psychology of persuasion.
    • Individuals interested in the health professions can examine the perceptual processes involved in pain or the use of biofeedback techniques with stroke patients.
    • Those interested in social service professions might study the impact of different family patterns on moral development or alternative approaches to personal counselling.

Possible Career Paths

The aim of the undergraduate program is to provide a broad, general background for those going on to graduate work and for those entering other professions. In most cases, a bachelor’s degree is not sufficient for a career in professional psychology. However, being a Psychologist isn’t the only option. You can leverage an education in Psychology in many fields:

  • Community Development
  • Law
  • Research
  • Counseling

Or talk to your Academic Advisor about how to pair Psychology with a post-graduate program for the career you want.

If you’re interested in being a Psychologist, the Psychology degree at CBU is a great foundation. Learn more about leveraging this degree for A Career as a Psychologist.

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