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Wyoming has 6 colleges and 1 university with degree programs in psychology. However, only the university offers degree programs beyond the associate's level. Some psychology programs are designed to allow for easy transfer of credits for students who will continue their studies beyond an associate's degree. Other programs allow students to customize their education by selecting courses that fit their interests. Some programs include a cooperative work experience. Graduate students working towards a doctoral degree will earn a master's degree along the way; total program length is usually about five years. Clinical psychology students must complete an internship.
Students in the city of Casper can earn an Associate of Science (AS) degree in psychology at this college. In fact, psychology is among the most popular areas of study at this school. The required coursework may cover statistics, human behavioral patterns, research methods and psychology fundamentals. Students also choose 12 credits of elective courses, which can focus on various aspects of psychology and allow students to customize their plan of study to meet their future career or education goals.
Central Wyoming College
Riverton's Central Wyoming College has an AA in Psychology program that's designed to transfer to a 4-year program. Graduates should be able to transfer their credits to the University of Wyoming through an articulation agreement; students who want to attend other schools should consult the specific school's transfer requirements. While in this program, students may complete courses in marriage and family counseling, sociology, statistics, general psychology and biology.
Laramie County Community College
This school in Cheyenne offers an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science in Psychology program. Students complete general education courses along with 19 credits of psychology courses. Courses may cover basic psychology concepts, statistics, substance abuse behavior, social issues and counseling methods. Students may also be able to complete a cooperative field experience. Full-time psychology students who have financial need and attend classes on the Cheyenne campus may qualify for the Summer Dawn Kuhlman Memorial Scholarship.
Students in the city of Powell can earn AA in Psychology degrees from Northwest College. Some of the core courses include adolescent psychology, human sexual behavior and fundamental psychological concepts. In their second year, students take a research course where they learn various research methods that may prove beneficial when transferring to bachelor's programs. An independent study option can give students opportunities to work with faculty members in various capacities.
Sheridan College offers students in Sheridan the chance to earn an associate of arts degree in psychology. Students may learn research methodologies, psychological philosophies and behavior assessment strategies. Graduates of this program typically go on to earn bachelor's degrees in areas of psychology, counseling, sociology or other fields.
University of Wyoming
Graduate and undergraduate degree programs in psychology are available at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Programs are found within the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychology, where about 20 faculty members are employed. Undergraduate students can earn either bachelor's degrees or minors in psychology. To earn the minor, students must complete 18 credits of psychology coursework, consisting of a fundamental psychology course in addition to electives. Students in the bachelor's program can expect to complete courses focused on various areas of psychology. Students must take at least one psychology elective course, which can be chosen from a list that includes courses on dream states, psychopharmacology and death.
The graduate programs typically lead to doctoral degrees and include the requirements for earning a master's degree. However, those interested in only earning master's degrees may not be admitted. The clinical psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Students typically complete the program in 5 years, including a 1-year internship. Although the other 3 doctoral programs in psychology and law, social psychology and cognition/cognitive development have different focal areas, these programs have some commonalities. All students in these 3 programs are expected to take research courses, statistics and graduate-level courses in developmental psychology, biological psychology, social psychology and cognitive psychology.
Western Wyoming Community College
Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs also offers an associate of arts degree program in psychology. Students can complete the freshman and sophomore years of a 4-year degree in this program. Students may take courses like universal psychology and anthropology, while the second year may include courses like adolescent psychology, substance abuse behavior, chemistry, oral communication and statistics.
Licensure to practice psychology is required in Wyoming. According to the Wyoming Board of Psychology, psychology licensure requires a doctoral degree in psychology, two years of supervised experience, and successful completion of one or more exams as required by the board.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Psychology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Casper College||2-year; public; small city|| Associate of Arts in Psychology,
Associate of Science in Psychology
|$2,640 in-state; $6,624 out-of-state*|
|Central Wyoming College||2-year; public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$2,712 in-state; $6,696 out-of-state*|
|Laramie County Community College||2-year; public; fringe rural||Associate of Arts or Associate of Science in Psychology||$3,144 in-state; $7,128 out-of-state*|
|Northwest College||2-year; public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$2,789 in-state; $6,773 out-of-state*|
|Sheridan College||2-year; public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$2,952 in-state; $6,936 out-of-state*|
|University of Wyoming||University; public; remote town|| Minor in psychology,
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognition/Cognitive Development,
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Law
|$4,892 in-state; $15,632 out-of-state*|
|Western Wyoming Community College||2-year; public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Psychology||$2,424 in-state; $6,408 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.