Psychology

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

The psychology program prepares students for success in a graduate program in psychology and/or a career in a psychology related field. The program exposes students to the methodologies, problems, bodies of knowledge, and broad range of perspectives found currently in psychology.

Students majoring in psychology will gain an understanding of

  1. the applied fields in psychology
  2. individual differences
  3. the biological basis of behavior
  4. the social basis of behavior

Core courses in the major provide students with the fundamentals for understanding psychology as a science. Elective courses expand and enhance students' knowledge through a variety of topics such as child and adolescent psychology, counseling, motivation, personality, culture and psychology, and ethology. Psychology majors also have the opportunity to be involved in practica that provide them with real-world experiences working in the field of psychology. They may also conduct independent research with faculty members exploring topics beyond the available curriculum. Especially motivated students may participate in the honors program in which they develop, carry out, and present a research project.

Psychology majors are employed in diverse fields and many go on to attain masters and doctoral degrees. The program prepares them to meet those challenges.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

40 credits

Admission to the Major

The application process for formal admission to the Psychology major occurs during the first or second semester of the sophomore year, e.g., upon completion of PSYC 101, PSYC 251, and either PSYC 242 or PSYC 253. To be admitted to the major, the student must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 and no less than a grade C in any of these three courses, and must be in good academic standing with the College. Before declaring a Psychology major, the student must submit a transcript showing his or her grades in these courses to a Psychology advisor for review. If the grade requirements are met, the advisor will sign the declaration of major form, formally admitting the student into the Psychology program. Non-majors will not be allowed to enroll in PSYC 252 Research Methods in Psychology.

Core Courses

24 credits

PSYC 101 General Psychology
PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics
PSYC 252 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 253 Brain and Behavior
PSYC 382 History of Psychology
PSYC 495 Seminar

Psychology Electives

16 credits

Select at least two courses from one of the following groups (8 credits) and at least one course from each of the remaining groups (8 credits):

Group 1

  • PSYC 242 Personality
  • PSYC 340 Psychological Testing
  • PSYC 345 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 444 Counseling
  • PSYC 447 Clinical Psychology

Group 2

  • PSYC 221 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 311 Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 314 Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYC 332 Ethology
  • PSYC 425 Psychology of Women

Group 3

  • PSYC 321 Culture and Psychology
  • PSYC 355 Psychology of Learning
  • PSYC 357 Cognitive Processes
  • PSYC 451 Motivation
  • PSYC 453 Sensation and Perception

OPEN ELECTIVES

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

120 credits

PSYCHOLOGY HONORS PROGRAM

Motivated psychology students may participate in an advanced program of research culminating in graduation with Honors in Psychology. This program allows students to pursue supervised research or applications of psychology in greater depth than provided in course offerings. Students electing to participate in this program complete all requirements for the Psychology major plus 2 credits of PSYC 496 Honors Seminar and 6 credits of PSYC 499 Honors Research during the two semesters of the senior year. These credits may be in lieu of or in addition to open elective credits used to fulfill the requirements for the Psychology major.

Admission to the Honors Program is based on:

  1. Self-nomination after completion of 80 credits with an overall grade point average of 3.20.
  2. Support of an Honors Committee consisting of a faculty sponsor and two other faculty members, one of whom may be from a department other than Psychology. The Honors Committee will review the student's project proposal at the time of enrollment in PSYC 496 and PSYC 499 and, if they approve it, accept the student into the Honors Program.
  3. Completion of, or enrollment in, at least five psychology courses, including PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics and PSYC 252 Research Methods. Final admission requires successful completion of those Psychology courses enrolled in at the time of application for admission to the Honors Program.

At the end of the senior year, each participant:

  1. Submits a final written report on the Honors work for approval by his or her Honors Committee.
  2. Presents the results of his or her work and responds to questions about the project and its relationship to the larger body of psychological knowledge, in a colloquium open to the public.
  3. The student's Honors Committee votes on whether or not to accept the Honors project.

Students successfully completing all facets of the Honors Program and having an average of 3.20 overall and 3.20 in Psychology will graduate with Honors in Psychology.