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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists utilize the scientific method to investigate and seek to understand why organisms (human and non-human animals) act in certain ways, how they think, how they develop, and how they can lead healthier and more productive lives.  Psychology is epistemologically diverse:  that is to say there are distinct content areas within psychology that reflect both the science and the application of the discipline. 

The psychology program at the University of New England has faculty and coursework that incorporate most of the contemporary content areas in psychology including biopsychology, neuroscience, animal behavior, cognitive psychology, clinical/counseling psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, and social psychology.

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The psychology faculty at the University of New England believes that the best learning takes place by doing. We also believe that strong student-faculty relationships are critical in helping students discover their talents, develop their skills, reach their goals and find their niche in the world.

Psychology students at the University of New England's seaside campus in Biddeford, Maine have many opportunities in the classroom, community, and laboratory:

Three Degree Programs:

  B.A. in Psychology
  B.S. in Neuroscience

B.S. in Animal Behavior

Click on the links above for specific information on these majors.

Faculty: The faculty in the psychology department reflects breadth and depth of expertise in the fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and cognitive psychology, and we are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Small Classes: Upper division psychology classes range from 8 to 30 students. Our close relationship with students during their four years accounts for our excellent success in job and graduate school placements.

Internships/Research Opportunities: We require all students in our four undergraduate programs to either complete an internship or an in-depth research experience, and many of our students do both.   Students intern at a variety of settings ranging from the Maine Youth Detention Center to the New England Aquarium.

Unique Facilities and Opportunities: Students benefit from UNE's unique resources:

  Animal Behavior  Lab and Cognitive/Social Psychology Labs

Neuroscience Labs
  UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences
  Marine Science Center and Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Professions Options:Students interested in attending medical school or graduate programs in occupational or physical therapy can major in neuroscience and earn all the prerequisites for these graduate programs.  Our graduates in Psychology are also eligible to apply for a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology if they wish to become clinical psychologists working with clients in health care settings, private practice, or educational settings. 

Additionally, our graduates in psychology and social relations often pursue their education by applying for graduate degree programs in Social Work.

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