Jul 22, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Psychology, BA or BS

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Psychology is the empirical analysis of mind and behavior. The department members believe that reliable knowledge of psychological processes represents a necessary condition for meaningful action in the world. Virtually all disciplines benefit from attention to psychological variables. Psychology is a versatile, inherently interdisciplinary, and multi-methodological enterprise. 

Baccalaureate Degree Core


Major Requirements

A total of 40 credits are required for the B.A. degree and 48 credits for the B.S. degree in Psychology (requires two additional laboratory courses from natural sciences). There are four general categories of courses that together make up the psychology major. All must be completed with minimum grade of C.

Category I Courses are core requirements. You must complete these courses to graduate with a psychology major. All students must enroll in PSY150, either PSY348/349 and PSY350 or PSY300 and PSY301, and a minimum of one 4-credit course to serve as senior capstone (i.e., PSY411, PSY480-485, PSY499). PSY150, PSY300, and PSY301 are offered each semester, while PSY411 and PSY480-485 are offered on a rotating basis. PSY499 is offered at the discretion of the instructor.

Category II Courses are sub-disciplines in psychology. You must complete one 4-credit course from each of the three areas to graduate with a psychology major. You may take more than one of these courses toward the major. These courses are offered annually or biennially.

Category III Courses are advanced topics and applications of sub-disciplines in the field of psychology. You must complete one 4-credit course from the list provided towards the major.

Category IV Courses are elective course options, emphases, and advance topics courses that count toward the major. Students must earn an additional 8 credits, with the exception of Category I courses.

All courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

Program Details

Program Length

Four years for a complete BA or BS degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings of psychology
  • Establish scientific reasoning and problem-solving abilities, including knowledge of effective research methods
  • Cultivate an awareness of evidence-based interventions and practices that enhance socially responsible action at the institutional and individual level
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection as well as project-management and teamwork skills for career preparation

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