2024 NSU Fact Book

72 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 reflect 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 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. College of Psychology 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 Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling degree program is offered in the following concentrations: applied behavior analysis, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and substance abuse counseling. The curriculum and clinical practicums/internships prepare students to provide counseling services in various community settings. Depending on their chosen concentration, students gain knowledge and skills to work compassionately and effectively to address mental health, behavioral, education/career, and addiction-related concerns. The clinical mental health counseling concentration is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and prepares students for licensure eligibility as a professional counselor. The school counseling concentration prepares students for certification eligibility as a school counselor in Florida and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), recognized by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) as a school counselor preparation program, and 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/hybrid, or online, with some also located at NSU’s regional campuses throughout Florida.