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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree

Psychology is the science that endeavors to achieve the goals of observation, description, understanding, prediction and control of behavior and psychological processes. Topical areas of inquiry include: human development, personality theory, neuroscience, learning, memory and cognition, emotion, sensation and perception, interpersonal relationships, personal adjustment, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy. Theoretical perspectives most emphasized over the course of studies include: Neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioral and social learning theories, humanist-existential, poststructural and psychodynamic theories.

Because scientific knowledge of behavior and psychological processes are important to all fields of study, persons majoring in areas other than psychology should enroll in selected courses of interest. For the same reason, choosing psychology as a minor also is encouraged. Students majoring in psychology may work with their advisor to select a guided program of study. An applied program is designed to prepare those who plan to seek employment in community agencies in either the private or public sector immediately following graduation with the bachelor degree. The academic studies program prepares students to pursue studies in psychology at the graduate school level in either practical (i.e., clinical, school, counseling) or experimental (i.e., neuroscience, developmental, social, cognitive) specializations. Psychology majors are expected to understand scientific methods, conduct research, write scholarly research reports in APA style, and present their research findings to peers.

Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  Ethics Course Requirement

3 hrs

  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs


Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs


Psychology Core Requirements

15 sem. hrs

  (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  PSYC 101View Syllabus General Psychology 3 hrs
  PSYC 324View Syllabus (BIOL 324) (SOCI 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences 3 hrs
  PSYC 325View Syllabus (SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Methods 3 hrs
  PSYC 381View Syllabus History and Systems of Psychology 3 hrs
  PSYC 495View Syllabus Integrative Psychology 3 hrs


Psychology Electives

33 sem. hrs

  At least 21 hours chosen from:
  PSYC 304View Syllabus Personality Theory 3 hrs
  PSYC 330View Syllabus Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 hrs
  PSYC 360View Syllabus (SOCI 360) Social Psychology 3 hrs
  PSYC 371View Syllabus (BIOL 371) Neuroscience 3 hrs
  PSYC 372View Syllabus (BIOL 372) Sensation and Perception 3 hrs
  PSYC 399/499Syllabus Not Available Psychology Internship 1-3 hrs
  PSYC 410View Syllabus Learning Theories 3 hrs
  PSYC 420View Syllabus Cognitive Psychology 3 hrs
  PSYC 450View Syllabus Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs
  PSYC 460View Syllabus Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology 3 hrs
  Twelve additional hours in psychology are chosen by the student with the approval of a Psychology advisor. Psychology electives should be selected on the basis of career interests. PSYC 399/499 are strongly recommended.



22-25 sem. hrs


120 sem. hrs


Culminating Evaluative Experiences: all students must complete PSYC 495 Integrative Seminar with a grade of C or higher and also a comprehensive exit interview.

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