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B.Sc. Psychology

The course will highlight the most interesting experiments within the field of psychology, discussing the implications of those studies for our understanding of the human mind and human behavior. We will explore the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like memory, learning, attention, perception and consciousness. We will examine human development - both in terms of growing up and growing old - and will discuss the manner in which the behavior of others affects our own thoughts and behavior. Finally we will discuss various forms of mental illness and the treatments that are used to help those who suffer from them. The fact of the matter is that humans routinely do amazing things without appreciating how interesting they are. However, we are also routinely influenced by people and events without always being aware of those influences. By the end of this course you will have gained a much better understanding and appreciation of who you are and how you work.

 

When you enter the world of psychology, no student of psychology can escape hearing statements like, “Oh, so you can read my mind!” Or “I need to be careful about what I say in front of you.” Psychology is not about reading minds. It is a discipline that is defined as “the study of human and animal behaviour.” In order to enter this sphere, you need to have a genuine interest in human behaviour and have to develop your observational skills, if not already prevalent.

“Psychology is very time consuming and there is a stigma attached to being a psychologist as well.” Students of psychology usually end up being lost in a world of their own, getting into the depths of their self and others. Readings and assignments not only provide you insight into behaviour but also help in developing an understanding into the connection between the mind and body.

Psychology graduates can also use the general skills and knowledge they have acquired to pursue a career in a variety of workplaces. Degrees in Psychology typically cover human services and behavior. People who obtain a degree in Psychology can have careers in anything to probation or parole officer to teaching Psychology in a high school setting. Since a degree in Psychology is so versatile, individuals can also seek careers in the business and criminal justice setting.

How it all began 
The first department of psychology in India was established at Calcutta University as early as 1915 when Sigmund Freud was busy understanding the psyche in the Victorian society. Though many would have heard of Freud, not many would be aware of our own Girindrasekhar Bose, an early 20th century South Asian psychoanalyst who was also the first president of the Indian Psychoanalytic Society in 1922. 

 

Branches of psychology 

Glimpse     into     areas     of     study     and     some     job     opportunities

Applied Psychology

Counselling, training programmes, market research, mental health services in hospitals, clinics, or private settings

Clinical Psychology

 

Mental Health programmes in psychiatric hospitals and clinics, community, geriatrics, and private practice

Cognitive Psychology

Study of the brain’s role in memory, thinking and perceptions, can apply to artificial intellegenc

Counselling Psycholog

Help people deal with problems of every day living at personal, social, educational or vocational levels

Criminal/Legal Psychology

Work in prisons, juvenile centres and special hospitals

Developmental Psychology

Study the patterns and causes of behavioural change from infancy to adulthood

Educational Psychology

Design, develop and evaluate educational programmes

Experimental Psychology

Conduct experimental research on various aspects of human behaviour

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Applying psychological principles to personnel, administration, management and marketing problems

Neuro Psychology

Applying study of the relation between human physical systems and behaviour to stroke/head injury

Research Psychology

Physical, cognitive, emotional or social aspects of human behaviour

Social Psychology

Studying group behaviour, leadership, attitudes and interpersonal perception

After having completed your under-graduation course or even while doing so, you may have zeroed in on the branch of psychology you want to pursue. Psychology in India is largely concerned with the study of human behaviour so if you want to study animal behaviour you would have no option but to go abroad. Psychologists apply the theoretical knowledge they gain to help gather information through laboratory experiments: personality, aptitude and intelligence tests; observation, interviews and questionnaires. In addition you may opt for surveys as a mode of gathering data. However, statistics and a scientific approach is a large part of the territory. Experience would be largely dependent on the area of specialization and that will help decide the area of work after completing your degree.

Specializations lead to in depth knowledge base in a specified area.
A neuro-psychologist would find space in health care as a specialist who understands the relation between human physical systems to understand behavioural changes after stroke/head injury. A criminal psychologist would find work in prisons, juvenile centers and special hospitals to understand criminal behaviour and the psyche.

Qualities of a psychologist
This is largely dependent on the space you choose to occupy but some constants do remain. Masih sums up the skills in terms of the 3 P’s of psychology, Patience, Passion and Perseverance, a fact that many students and established psychologists agree to. You require a basic sensitivity towards human nature and need to be ethical in approach. Confidentiality is a must for any psychologist, whether you are operating at the community level, corporate or involved in group processes. 

Scope for Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Psychology):

  • Sc. (Psychology) degree serves as a basis for further higher studies in this field such as M.Sc., PhD and M.Phil. Degree in Psychology, the successful completion of which makes one eligible for the post of a lecturer in any university/college.
  • The greatest scope after doing B.Sc. In Psychology is that it not only makes you eligible but also gives you a fairly better chance to qualify the Indian Civil Services exams.
  • Law schools are a very common destination nowadays for recent graduates in Psychology.
  • They should have good communication and interpersonal skills which are necessary for the course.

Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] Psychology Job Types:

  • Caregiver
  • Career Counsellor
  • Career Employment Specialist
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Support Specialist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Day-care Centre Supervisor
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Health Educator
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Public Statistician
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Recreation Worker
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Research Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Urban Planning Officer