Renee Penalver teaching an Introduction to Psychology course


Emma Gooding-Lord

Awesome Internships

“Through the Psychology Department I was able to complete two awesome internships in two different areas of counseling. It was because of my experience in these internships that I was able to get my current position. Those experiences were invaluable, and I wouldn’t have gotten the internships without the help and mentorship of the awesome psych faculty.”

— Emma Gooding-Lord ’18

Emma graduated with majors in psychology, biology and neuroscience, as well as a minor in French. She’s now working as a mental health counselor with Boulder Community Health — Inpatient Behavioral Health.

Why Psychology at Coe?

The psychology program at Coe is centered on a traditional, scientific approach to the discipline. You will learn not only the content matter of psychology but also a host of research and technical skills including research design and statistical analysis. Beyond the traditional classroom setting, you’ll have ample opportunity to work closely with faculty on independent study and research exploration. The training and interests of our faculty span this diverse "intellectual empire.”

Hands-on practical experiences through student-faculty research and internship placements in community organizations and businesses are important components of the psychology program at Coe. You will be encouraged to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world problems. Historically, about 50% of Coe's psychology majors have entered graduate programs within five years of graduation. In a survey of our 2018 graduates, about 80% will be pursuing advanced study immediately or within the next three years. Coe’s psychology majors are well-prepared by our curriculum for successful application to competitive graduate and professional programs, as well as for a wide variety of career opportunities.

Berlin Mendez

A Solid Foundation

Berlin Mendez ’17

“A lot of the classes were key to understand what good science is. They taught me to read scientific papers, interpret data and statistics. Another very important thing was learning to design experiments and anticipate any caveats.”

As a psychology, biology and neuroscience major at Coe, Berlin gained a solid foundation and ample research experience with professors. Today, she’s a neuroscience graduate student working in the psychiatry departments lab at the University of Iowa to research genetic and structural links to schizophrenia.