Psychology (BA)Samford psychology majors learn about all the influences that contribute to human thought and behavior, ranging from basic neuroscience and genetics, through social and cultural influences. They develop a strong foundation in research skills, conduct their own research projects and think critically about behavior as they prepare for careers in clinical, counseling, school, forensic, sport, industrial and organizational psychology, gerontology, psychometry, law, education, ministry and health care.
The bachelor of science in psychology major emphasizes the experimental areas of psychology, including neuroscience, cognitive science and learning, social psychology, health psychology and abnormal psychology. The major is especially valuable to students with an interest in the natural and computational sciences as well as cognitive and behavioral science.
Neuroscience is a modern version of the ancient human quest to understand ourselves. Unlike the ancients, we know that there is a dynamic, reciprocal relationship between the brain, thoughts, and behavior. This broad, interdisciplinary effort connects molecules to minds and reaches to the soul. Molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, and physics improve our understanding of how neurons create signals, while psychology, psychiatry, and neurology link neural processes and systems to the mind and behavior. Neuroscience depends upon a strong foundation in the behavioral and basic sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Samford's undergraduate neuroscience major provides a rigorous but flexible course of study that encompasses this broad field.
Students who earn a minor in psychology have a unique and significant advantage as professionals in business, religion, sociology, health care, journalism, communication, pre-law, biology, computer science or any other discipline that values understanding of human thought and behavior.
The field of neuroscience contains the greatest undiscovered body of knowledge in any area of biological, physiological and computational science. This rapidly-growing field covers a wide range of subjects including normal brain function, artificial intelligence, and the causes and treatments of neuropathological conditions. This interdisciplinary neuroscience minor compliments disciplines including: biology, psychology, biomedical engineering, criminal justice, philosophy, public health, education, kinesiology, business and economics.