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Program Overview


Program Overview

Undergraduate Psychology at Clemson

The Department of Psychology at Clemson is a research-oriented department that offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree to more than 900 psychology majors. The B.A. program places emphasis on foreign language and humanities courses, whereas the BS program focuses more on science and mathematics courses.

Each student is free to choose the program best suited for him/her based on personal preferences and strengths. There is no documented advantage in terms of career success or graduate school admission and performance for either the B.A. or the B.S. degree. Both programs are taught on the main Clemson campus only.

The bachelor’s degree in psychology at Clemson is designed to prepare students for a variety of professional careers related to human resources, personnel, counseling, and other people-oriented positions in human services, business, and industry. Additionally, the bachelor’s degree provides excellent preparation for graduate training in such areas as biological, clinical, cognitive, counseling, developmental, experimental, health, industrial, school, and social psychology. The program also provides excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue professional training in medicine, physical or occupational therapy, public health, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, or law.

Professional Experience

Psychology majors are afforded the opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific research as part of their undergraduate studies. They often do this by assisting with a faculty member’s on-going research efforts or by working on a more independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Many honor’s students complete an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students often take a directed study course in psychology to earn undergraduate credit hours as part of their research effort. Gaining research experience in psychology is highly recommended for all students who are interested in continuing their academic pursuits beyond the undergraduate level.

Psychology majors are also offered the opportunity to gain practical experience in psychology by completing undergraduate practicums. These practicums are arranged in a clinical/counseling setting to gain experience in the area of psychology that they find interesting. Students frequently enroll for credit in a Practicum course as part of their effort in this area.

Clemson University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clemson University.

Important Contacts
Department Chair Dr. Pat Raymark
Undergrad Academic Advisors Erin Siders (last names A-K) Jeff Moore (last names L-Z)
Undergrad Coordinators Dr. Cindy Pury & Dr. Pam Alley 
Graduate Coordinator Dr. Bob Sinclair
Psych Club Advisor Dr. Heidi Zinzow
Psi Chi Advisor Dr. Kaileigh Byrne
Honors Advisor Dr. Heidi Zinzow