Psychology is a broad discipline that scientifically studies individuals' behavior and mental processes as well as biological and environmental factors that influence them. Bismarck State College psychology faculty serve students by offering courses that meet program requirements, preparing students to seek higher degrees in psychology and related fields, and satisfying students' interest in the people around them.
Students should have an interest in human behavior. High school class suggestions include psychology and/or other social sciences, math preparation for college algebra and statistics, and writing.
Students who complete the suggested curriculum earn an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Arts degree.
Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.
Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in psychology are qualified to assist psychologists and other professionals in community and research settings. More opportunities are available with advanced degrees. They include clinical/counseling, education/teaching, experimental/research, organizational/industrial, social psychology, developmental psychology, psychometrics (testing), neuropsychology, vocational rehabilitation, and behavior analysis.