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):

Required courses (30-31 credits):
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 104 Child/Adolescent Development (3 credits)
PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 304 Lifespan Development (3 credits) OR
PSY 202 Adult Development and Life Assessment (3 credits)
PSY 330 Theories of Personality (3 credits)
PSY 331 Psychology of Learning (3 credits)
PSY 350 Physiological Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 497 Psychology Capstone (3 credits) OR
PSY 498 Senior Thesis I (2 credits) AND
PSY 499 Senior Thesis II (2 credits)

Research and Statistics Requirement (6 credits):
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 326 Research Methods (3 credits)
MAT 332 Applied Statistics OR an introductory statistics course

Choose two upper-level psychology courses (6 credits):
PSY 302 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 305 Sports Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 309 Special Topics (3 credits)
PSY 311 Counseling Psychology: Methods of Applied Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
PSY 317 Cognitive Functioning in the Elderly (3 credits)
PSY 335 Tests & Measurements (3 credits)
PSY 340 Research and Presentation (3 credits)

Counseling Track (21 credits):

PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 311 Counseling Psychology: Methods of Applied Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 317 Cognitive Functioning in the Elderly (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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