The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences supports majors designed for the student planning graduate work in psychology and other related fields. The curriculum is designed to develop strong skills in the theory and practice of the science of psychology with an emphasis on dealing with the emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs of others.

Courses in Social Work are designed to prepare students for graduate work in the field of social services. Psychology and social work students have also been employed in entry level positions in the field of social services. Courses place an emphasis on the Christian model of service.

Mission Statement

Rochester College cultivates academic excellence, principled character, servant leadership and global awareness through a rigorous educational experience that integrates liberal arts and professional studies within an inclusive Christian heritage.

Career Opportunities

  • Entry-level jobs in crisis intervention centers, counseling clinics, community service agencies or other social agencies.
  • Preparation for graduate studies in psychology, psychotherapy, professional counseling or social work.
  • Graduate work in experimental, applied, academic, theoretical or professional psychology (clinical, counseling, or school psychology, or marriage and family therapy)
  • Psychology graduates are often sought by employers in sales, public relations, or other human services and resources.




Admission to the Program

All students seeking a degree with a major in Psychology or Behavioral Science must apply for and be admitted to the Behavioral Science Program or the Psychology Program. This process is in addition to the general admittance to Rochester College.


The following must be documented at the time of application:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Completion of 30 hours, including the following core courses:
    • ENG 1113 English Composition A
    • ENG 1123 English Composition B
    • MAT 1103 Intermediate Algebra (or higher level MAT) with a C- or higher
    • PSY 2013 General Psychology
    • PSY 2223 Lifespan Development or PSY 2113 Psychology of Adjustment
    • Completion of lower level Psychology/Social Work Core courses with a grade of C or higher.
    • Completion of the Autobiographical and Professional/Career Goals Statement for the Behavioral Sciences Department. This should be approximately 3-5 pages in length and address your interest in psychology or social work and present your short- and long-term goals for your career.


  1. Obtain from the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and complete an Application for Admission to the Department of Behavioral Sciences for either Psychology or Behavioral Science–Social Work.
  2. Return the application to the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences prior to the established deadlines for application: Fall – Monday after Thanksgiving; Spring – Second Monday of April.
  3. The Department of Behavioral Sciences reviews applications of all candidates for both Psychology and Social Work. All applicants will be notified of their admission status by letter from the Department of Behavioral Sciences.


National Honor Society in Psychology – Psi Chi

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Department is a sponsor for Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, which offers opportunities for students who excel in their academic coursework in their respective Behavioral Sciences programs.

Psi Chi Group Psi Chi Students

What does Psi Chi offer?

  • Acceptance into Psi Chi demonstrates academic excellence in psychology.
  • This honor can be included in resumes, employment applications, and C.V.s
  • Excellent accomplishment to add to your graduate school application!
  • Psi Chi offers over $400,000 in awards, grants, and scholarships annually for its members.
  • Lifetime Membership
  • Network with the largest student psychology organization in the world
  • Numerous leadership and philanthropic opportunities
  • Free subscription and publishing opportunities in Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

Main Events

Run for your BRAINS!!! »

Join Psi Chi in raising money for neuroscience outreach programs at the Run for Your BRAINS!!!  5k zombie run. Walk as a zombie or run as a survivor to save mankind on an important mission for survival. This year’s event is Saturday October 29 at 3:30 PM.

Zombie Run Zombie Run Participants

 Solace Support*

Solace Support is a student to student online forum designed to encourage, reassure and support the Rochester College student body and is led by the members of the Rochester College Chapter of Psi Chi.

“Our aim is to give students a judgment-free place to voice concerns that might be bothering them. Perhaps you need someone to talk to about adjusting to campus life, feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, or maybe you simply need a listening ear. Solace Support is here for you”.

  • Solace Support does not claim to give professional advice
  • Solace Support staff members are students, not faculty, but reserve the right to seek faculty assistance in the event that a person may endanger themselves or someone else.

How to join the RC Chapter of Psi Chi

Students invited to join Psi Chi have shown a significant interest in Psychology and must meet the minimum requirements for undergraduate students:

  • Must be enrolled as a student at Rochester College.
  • Must have established a GPA at Rochester College.
  • Must be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature that is equivalent to a psychology major (i.e. behavioral sciences, interdisciplinary programs, etc.)
  • Must have completed at least 9 credit hours of psychology courses.
  • Must have a GPA that is in the top 35% of students at time of enrollment.
  • Must have a psychology GPA (in PSY course work) that is at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale.
  • Invitation letters will be emailed by the third Thursday of January each year. These will include forms and due payment instructions required to complete the application process.
  • Any students that meet these criteria and did not receive an invitation email must contact jmatchynski@rc.edu or rsiegel-hinson@rc.edu by the second Thursday of February, or will need to apply the following year.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. Students may apply post-graduation.

See Psi Chi’s website at www.psichi.org for additional information