Brigham Young University – Idaho is a branch of BYU that also goes by the names BYU-I and BYU-Idaho. Founded in 1888, it operated as a public high school and educated many of the Mormon settlers who flocked to Idaho. It became Ricks Academy near the turn of the 21st century and later served as Ricks College, which became one of the largest junior colleges in the state. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints later announced plans to turn it into a four-year college and changed its name in honor of Brigham Young himself, the founder of their religion.
BS in Psychology, Emphasis in General Psychology
BYU-Idaho is one of three good psychology degree programs in Idaho. One of those programs is a BS in Psychology with an emphasis in general psychology. Designed for students who want to know more about psychology as a whole, this program allows students to take a range of courses in psychology subjects. It includes 40 credits of foundation work in classes like math and science that better prepare students for the advanced research and statistics classes that they will take later. Students must take a minimum of 31 credits of electives as well as 49 credits of psychology classes. BYU-I will also let students do a psychology internship. Students can get up to three credits for an internship, but they must do at least 150 hours of work in the field. The university allows students to major in psychology and enroll in the program at any point during the school year.
BS in Psychology, Emphasis in Industrial Organizational Psychology
The university also offers a BS in Psychology with an emphasis in industrial organizational psychology. Also called IO psychology, some refer to this subject as work psychology or business psychology. It looks more specifically at how people do work and how employers can improve the lives of their employees. BYU-I created this program to help students more easily transition into a graduate program and to prepare students for working in this rapidly growing field. One of its more recent projects allowed students to work with orphans overseas and find ways to help those orphans. Though students do have the option of doing an internship in this program, they must contact the department head and talk with him about their options. He has the right to approve or turn a student down. BYU-I requires that industrial organizational psychology students take 40 credits of foundation courses, 49 credits of psychology courses and 31 credits of electives that can include IO psychology classes.
BS in Psychology, Emphasis in Health Psychology
Another option for psychology students is the BYU-I BS in Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology, which can prepare students for working in health clinics and other facilities as well as going on to graduate school. This program includes more research classes that will require students do independent research away from class, write papers and present their findings in front of the class. Students must also take an exam during their senior years called the ETS that determines whether they are ready for graduate school. Instead of looking at just human thoughts and behaviors, this program looks at how a person's health can affect his or her mood and how certain mental conditions can lead to emotional problems. BYU-I gives students the option of declaring a minor, but the university also encourages students to not declare a minor and to use their electives to pursue interests outside of psychology.
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