Have you ever wondered how the brain works or why people think and behave the way they do? Then consider a degree in psychology at New Mexico State University. The Psychology Department offers programs in psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level. The undergraduate program features broad training in psychology, with a strong emphasis on experimental psychology. In addition, the department offers opportunities for hands on experience in research and in field placements. The graduate program offers an on-campus Master’s degree and PhD . Both programs emphasize cognitive psychology (cognitive and perceptual development, language processing, motor learning, prospective memory, cognitive neuroscience), engineering psychology (human factors, usability, human-computer interaction, automation, auditory perception, unmanned aerial vehicles) and social psychology (social cognition, evolutionary psychology, emotions, close relationships, attitudes, gender).
The NMSU Psychology Department is comprised of 11 full-time faculty members, two office staff professionals, approximately 37 graduate students, and approximately 400 undergraduate majors. The department maintains student chapters of Psi Chi (the national Honor Society in Psychology), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and an active Graduate Student Organization.
The Department of Psychology is in Science Hall (RM 220) along with Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Sociology and is one of the largest academic structures at New Mexico State University. Included in the facility are classrooms, computer/teaching labs, and research rooms. In the past few years, the department has been able to add more than a half-million dollars worth of research equipment to its array. Most of the equipment is computer based and has allowed the department to computerize the undergraduate labs associated with courses in experimental methods, learning, and perception. When students conduct their experiments in these courses, computers often are used to present stimulus material, record responses, store and analyze data.