Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Psychology major guides students as they study human behavior and mental processes. A psychology major prepares students for graduate study leading to a career as a psychologist. Psychologists serve as educators, scientific researchers, health professionals, and consultants for businesses and other large organizations. Students majoring in psychology have also become successful in business, law, government, health care, and other careers that involve understanding human behavior and providing competent leadership. This major explores psychology both as an area of scientific investigation and as a health or human services profession.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Psychology program will be able to:

  • Analyze human behavior and mental processes;
  • Analyze theories of continuing education in psychology and related fields;
  • Evaluate theories of personality development;
  • Evaluate psychology research methods;
  • Demonstrate communication behaviors consistent with the study and practice of psychology; and
  • Acquire and use skills and concepts that are fundamental to the ethical application of psychology.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 36-37 credits
  • Electives: 34-35 credits

Major Course Requirements (36-37 credits):

Psychology Core Requirements (12-13 credits)  
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) 
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 326 Research Methods (3 credits)
PSY 497 Psychology Capstone (3 credits) OR 
PSY 498 Senior Thesis I (2 credits) AND 
PSY 499 Senior Thesis II (2 credits)

Psychology Core Options (15 credits)

Development and Diversity (6 credits)
Choose two of the following three courses:
PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 304 Lifespan Development (3 credits)
PSY 333 Psychology of Diversity (3 credits)

Counseling (3 credits)
Choose one of the following two courses:
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 330 Theories of Personality (3 credits)

Learning and Cognition (3 credits)
Choose one of the following two courses:
PSY 331 Psychology of Learning (3 credits)
PSY 352 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)

Biopsychology (3 credits)
Choose one of the following two courses:
PSY 350 Physiological Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 332 Sensation & Perception (3 credits)

Psychology Electives (9 credits)  
Choose three additional upper level (300-level or above) psychology courses.

Counseling Track (21 credits):
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) OR 
PSY 330 Theories of Personality (3 credits)
Note: One course is required for the Psychology Major. The second course is also required for the Counseling Track.
PSY 311 Counseling Psychology: Methods of Applied Psychology (3 credits) 
PSY 358 Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
PSY 335 Tests & Measurements (3 credits) 
PSY 386 Issues & Ethics in Counseling (3 credits) 
PSY 433 Basic Counseling Skills (3 credits) 
PSY 421 Human Services Practicum (3 credits)

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


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