Clinical Psychology Programs

A degree in clinical psychology familiarizes students with diagnosable mood behaviors and mental health issues, from minor anxiety to problems leading to institutionalization. Bachelor's degree coursework in this field can help students learn how to apply the principles of scientific and psychoanalytic theories to research and patient care work. A bachelor's of arts in psychology is counseling-centric, and a bachelor's of science focuses on methods of statistical analysis. General coursework is grounded in both the sciences and the liberal arts, potentially including classes in biology, math, sociology, anthropology and - increasingly - computer science. The American Psychological Association notes that a bachelor's degree in psychology alone will not lead to a practicing career. Therapists, whether behavioral, cognitive or developmental specialists, needs to hold both a master's and a doctorate in psychology to practice.