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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

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 scientific applications 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

48 credits

To receive a degree in Psychology, a student must earn a grade C or better in the following courses: ISPSYC 101, PSYC 251, PSYC 252, PSYC 253, and PSYC 495. Courses may be retaken as needed to meet this requirement.

Core Courses

16 credits

ISPSYC 101 General Psychology
PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics
PSYC 252 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 253 Brain and Behavior

Foundations of the Discipline

12 credits

Choose three courses from the following:

  • PSYC 211 Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 221 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 242 Personality
  • PSYC 257 Cognitive Processes

Advanced Discipline Courses

12 credits

Choose three courses from the following:

  • PSYC 314 Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYC 321 Culture and Psychology
  • PSYC 345 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 355 Psychology of Learning
  • PSYC 382 History of Psychology
  • PSYC 385 Work and Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 425 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 444 Counseling
  • PSYC 447 Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 453 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 457 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 467 Human Behavior and the Legal System

Advanced Research Methods or Practical Experience

4 credits

Choose one of the following:

  • PSYC 340 Psychological Testing
  • PSYC 470 Practicum
  • PSYC 475 Human Psychophysiology
  • PSYC 480 Advanced Psychological Methods

Capstone Seminar

4 credits

PSYC 495 Seminar

Open Electives

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

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 1 credit of PSYC 396 Junior Honors Seminar, 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 the Fall Semester of the Junior year 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 completion of PSYC 396.
  3. Completion of at least five psychology courses, including PSYC 251 Psychological Statistics and PSYC 252 Research Methods in Psychology at the time of enrollment in PSYC 396.
  4. Enrollment in or completion of an appropriate Advanced Methods course (PSYC 340, PSYC 475, PSYC 480) at the time of enrollment in PSYC 396.
  5. The Department will review each student's project proposal at the completion of PSYC 396; if they approve it the student is accepted 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.

Degree Requirements

120 credits