2022 NSU Fact Book

68 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Colleges and Academic Centers NSU’s College of Psychology, originally established in 1967 as the Behavioral Sciences Center, has achieved national distinction for its mission, faculty, programs, and services that integrate the science and practice of psychology and counseling through rigorous research, hands-on training, and the provision of services to the community. The college is home to 10 unique undergraduate and graduate degree programs across three departments. Together, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Department of Clinical and School Psychology, and the Department of Counseling offer degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. The college also offers predoctoral internship programs, a postdoctoral resi- dency program, and continuing education programs. Additionally, opportunities are available to engage in experiential learning through scholarly activity, including grant funded-research, and clinical services to the community through its Psychology Services Center. The breadth of opportunities available to students and trainees reflects the college’s commitment to advancing knowledge within the psychological and behavioral sciences, and providing services that are intimately tied to society’s pressing needs. BACHELOR’S DEGREES At the undergraduate level, the College of Psychology offers a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.S. degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. These undergraduate degree programs emphasize basic scientific literacy while allowing students to explore the full breadth of the psychological and behavioral sciences, from basic research to various fields of practice. While in these programs, students can prepare themselves to be competitive in their pursuit of gainful employment or advancement to various graduate and professional programs in a wide array of fields. As the College of Psychology participates in NSU’s Dual Admission Program, select undergraduate students in the college may be able to leverage their undergraduate education in these programs toward their graduate education. MASTER’S DEGREES At the master’s degree level, students can earn M.S. degrees in counseling, experimental psychology, forensic psychology, and general psychology. The counseling programs,which train working profession- als, offer concentrations in applied behavior analysis, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and substance abuse counseling. The clinical mental health counseling concentration is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the school counseling concentration is approved by the Florida Department of Education. Through the Experimental Psychology Program, students can develop an expertise in the science of psychology, both in the classroom and in the laboratory, with research concentrations in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, psychophysiology, sensation and perception, and social psychology. The Forensic and General Psychology programs prepare students for advancement in their current careers or for their application to advanced study in doctoral programs. To meet the needs of NSU’s diverse student population, a number of the graduate and undergraduate programs are offered in a variety of formats, such as day, evening, weekend, or online, with some also located at NSU’s regional campuses throughout Florida. SPECIALIST DEGREE Postgraduate students can earn a specialist degree in School Psychology (Psy.S.). The specialist program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and is nationally recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists. The specialist in school psychology program prepares graduate students to work as professional practitioners to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally. The program was developed in response to the state and national critical shortage of school psychologists and increased public attention to the important role of the school psychologist in addressing the mental health and academic needs of children. College of Psychology