Contact Person: Dr. Randy Simonson
Office Location: Aspen 116
Direct Phone: 208-732-6858
Contact Person: Shilo Smith
Office Location: Aspen 118
Direct Phone: 208-732-6869
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the application of this knowledge to practical problems.
Although therapy or counseling might be the first topics that come to mind when you think of psychology, it is actually
a very broad field that goes far beyond the clinic. Psychologists study and work with many aspects of human behavior
such as memory, learning, decision-making, the workings of the brain, sleep, health, social interactions, communication,
group behavior, psychological disorders, emotions, motivation, and more. Psychologists work in many different places,
including clinical or counseling settings, but also in settings related to education, health, the workplace, engineering
and design, government agencies, testing and measurement.
The psychology program at CSI requires the student to complete the general education core, common to all Associate degrees. Psychology students also enroll in a set of psychology courses.
Students who successfully complete the psychology degree at CSI are encouraged to continue with their interest in psychology by transferring into a psychology program at a 4-year college or university.
Although the 2-year Associate of Arts degree in psychology at CSI does provide students with a broad based general education with a focus on psychology, this degree is not intended as a terminal degree. Students interested in finding employment after completing a 2-year degree might seek appropriate electives to supplement the psychology curriculum, or consider a related area such as Human Services or Education.