Bachelor of Science (BS)
The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology is to produce graduates who, upon graduation, can find employment in educational, government, business or not-for-profit institutions and organizations. The curriculum in Applied Psychology, with an emphasis in either organizational psychology or rural community psychology is on practical applications to real-world problems that will assist students in finding employment in the field.
The minimum academic requirement will be a 2.0 GPA for students in the program. Students in the Applied Psychology program will gain experience in applying theoretical and practical knowledge to solving problems for business/industry and or social and community problems. This program will have a strong emphasis on national and cultural contexts and facilitate an awareness of both social and political systems and environmental influences on individual, group and organizational development.
The concentration in Rural Community Psychology will focus the application of psychological principles to resolve social problems in a variety of community settings. Attention will be paid to empowering and improving the quality of life for vulnerable social groups such as minorities, children and the elderly through advocacy and education. The concentration in Organizational Psychology will focus on the student’s ability to use basic psychological knowledge and skills to effectively solve real-life problems faced by business and industry. Students must earn a grade of “C-“or better in all major field and advisement track requirements as well as ENGL 101.
All Applied Psychology students do core theoretical coursework in their first and second years, after which they choose either a Rural Community concentration or an Organizational concentration in order to meet their individual career goals. These different concentrations offer appropriately tailored coursework and include an internship experience aligned with the student's concentration.
The Rural Community concentration focuses on advocacy or advancement in such community environments as those involving family and children, youth, drugs and alcohol, and poverty. Students in the Organizational track focus on business, organizational psychology or organizational communication.
Students will be exposed to many areas of study in psychology through varied course selections. They can also obtain work experience or get involved in supervised research. Sample courses include:
Graduates of SUNY Cobleskill's Applied Psychology program often establish careers as:
Some of our recent program graduates are now employed by:
Dr. Amy Corbett is a Professor of Psychology who started at SUNY Cobleskill in 2009. She has been a college educator for over 20 years and uses that experience to teach a wide variety of psychology courses. She offers multicultural experience via faculty-led international psychology coursework, and provides diversified experience via independent and supervised research programs. Her students can present their research at SUNY-wide and national conferences.
Amy finds it rewarding to mentor students in their career preparation. She helps students identify career goals and begin working toward them in the Field Experience and Internship programs. Research is a regular part of Amy's work, and this helps to keep her current on topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, justice and aggression. She is also involved in publication-based curriculum editing and can adopt successful measures to enrich the SUNY Cobleskill Psychology curriculum. Dr. Corbett earned her PhD in Social & Personality Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY, and her B.S. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spends her free time in the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire, where she was raised.
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Dr. Mary T. Guerrant, Assistant Professor of Psychology, started at Cobleskill in 2017. She earned her PhD in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University and holds bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Music Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana. Dr. Guerrant enjoys teaching a variety of psychology courses, especially those related to her emphasis on health and community psychology. Her goal as an instructor is to encourage student development within and beyond the classroom by blending individual critical thinking with group discussion and collaborative projects. She looks forward to working with advisees in the spring, providing opportunities for student involvement in research, and is always open to engaging with students outside the classroom. Her primary areas of interest center around issues of diversity (particularly LGBTQ+, immigrant, and racial/ethnic), community engagement, and health equity. She applies these interests through active research and holding leadership roles within professional organizations. In her free time, Dr. Guerrant enjoys playing music and attending concerts, traveling (especially internationally), trying new cuisine, and biking.
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Christina Poor is a visiting instructor for Applied Psychology. She is a proud alumna of SUNY Cobleskill and the first graduate from the BS: Applied Psychology degree program. Prior to teaching Christina worked with Educational Support Services and Student Development. Christina earned her M. S. in Organizational Leadership from National University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership with a concentration in Education and Counseling with University of the Cumberlands. Christina is also serving as the Veteran Affairs & Military Affiliates Director and the First Year Experience Coordinator. Christina teaches courses in General Psychology, Child Psychology, Group Dynamics, and Student Success. Outside of the classroom Christina enjoys spending her time with her family and pets.
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