Psychology



Psychology (PSY) Courses of Study

Link to Psychology Courses



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Program Overview

The Psychology Department seeks to prepare graduates who are able to use their understanding of psychology as they pursue their careers, contribute to the larger community, and live full and meaningful lives. Its curriculum enables students to develop both breadth and depth of knowledge about psychology, its approaches to understanding human behavior and mental process, and its applications.

The goals of the Psychology Program are the following:

  1. To help students develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts, methodology, and research-based findings in the foundation areas of psychology.
  2. To help students understand applications of psychology to personal and societal issues.
  3. To help students use and respect skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to understanding behavior and mental processes.
  4. To help students express themselves effectively in written and oral communication.
  5. To help students understand themselves and others in a cultural context and develop interpersonal skills for diverse settings over the lifespan.

Psychology majors complete a Bachelor of Arts degree which provides students with breadth of coursework and experience across the diverse areas of psychology: biological, social/personality, learning and development, and mental health. Skills of critical thinking, research design, data collection, data analysis, and professional writing and speaking are developed throughout the major coursework. Upper level courses provide additional opportunities for students to pursue areas of particular interest in greater depth. In a two-course capstone sequence, students elect to pursue either advanced research or practicum experience. Additional research and internship opportunities are available either in conjunction with upper level courses or as independent study. Students work with their advisors to select those options within the major, as well as in service and work opportunities, that will best prepare them for their postgraduate goals.

The Neuroscience Minor can be combined with the Psychology Major and with other majors to develop more depth in the study of brain and behavior. This interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience is designed to help prepare students for careers and graduate study in research and clinical fields, as well as a wide variety of other areas where a comprehensive understanding of the brain and behavior would be advantageous.

Psychology can be combined with other majors and minors (e.g., Art, Biology, Outdoor Leadership, Philosophy, Social Work, Spanish, or Writing) to address specific combinations of interests and applications. The Psychology Major prepares students for graduate study in psychology and related fields or for immediate employment in a wide range of human services settings. When combined with other appropriate coursework and experiences, psychology can also provide excellent preparation for law school or medical school.



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Major in Psychology

Grades: Students must complete the major with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Total Credit Hours: The Major in Psychology consists of at least 40 credit hours. The credit hours are distributed as follows to offer breadth and depth in the field.

  1. Foundational Courses (14 credit hours):
    1. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology(4cr)
    2. PSY 225 Explorations in the Psychology Major (2cr)
    3. PSY 231 Research Methods in Social Science(4cr)
    4. MAT 141 Statistics(4cr)
  2. Breadth Courses (16 credit hours): Students select at least 4 credit hours from each of the following areas.

    1. A. Biological (4 credit hours):
    2. PSY 310 Biopsychology I (4cr)
    3. PSY 324 Sensation and Perception (4cr)

    4. B. Social/Personality (4 credit hours):
    5. PSY 311 Theories of Personality (4cr)
    6. PSY 318 Social Psychology (4cr)
    7. PSY 425 Social Neuroscience (4cr)

    8. C. Learning and Development (4 credit hours):
    9. PSY 202 Infant Development (2cr)
    10. PSY 203 Child Development (2cr)
    11. PSY 204 Adolescent Development (2cr)
    12. PSY 205 Adult Development and Aging (2cr)
    13. PSY 323 Learning and Conditioning (2cr)
    14. PSY 325 Cognition (2cr)

    15. D. Mental Health and Distress (4 credit hours):
    16. PSY 312 Psychology, Mental Health, and Distress (4cr)
    17. PSY 317 Health Psychology (4cr)
    18. PSY 326 Theories and Techniques in Counseling and Psychotherapy (4cr)
  3. Advanced Courses (10 credit hours):

    1. A. Seminar (2 credit hours): At least 2 credit hours of courses designated as psychology seminars that emphasize critical discussion of primary sources.
    2. PSY 320 Biopsychology II (4cr)
    3. PSY 401 Selected Readings in Psychology (2cr)
    4. PSY 402 History of Psychology (2cr)
    5. PSY 416 Ecopsychology (2cr)
    6. PSY 418 Cultural Psychology (2cr)
    7. PSY 425 Social Neuroscience (2cr)
    8. Selected special topics courses based on primary sources.

    9. B. Capstone (8 credit hours):
    10. PSY 483 Capstone Proposal (4cr)
    11. PSY 484 Capstone Practicum (4cr)
    12. 	OR
    13. PSY 485 Capstone Thesis (4cr)


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Minor in Psychology

Grades: Students must complete the minor with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Total Credit Hours: The following 24 credit hours of coursework, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300-400 level.

Requirements:

  1. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (4cr)
  2. At least 14 credit hours from the breadth areas within psychology (biological, social/personality, learning and development, and mental health and distress) selected to represent at least 2 credit hours in each of three of the four breadth areas. For a listing of courses that fulfill the different breadth areas, please see the major above under “II. Breadth Courses.”
  3. Six (6) additional elective credit hours in psychology.


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Minor in Neuroscience

Grades: Students must complete the minor with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Total Credit Hours: The following 25 credit hours of coursework is required to fulfill the Neuroscience Minor, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300-400 level.

Requirements:

  1. Core Courses (17 credit hours):
    1. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (4cr)
    2. PSY 310 Biopsychology II (4cr)
    3. BIO 116 General Biology (4cr)
    4. CHM 116 General Chemistry I (5cr)
  2. Electives: 8 credit hours chosen from the list below. 4 of these 8 credits must be from a department outside the declared major.
    1. PSY 320 Biopsychology (4cr)
    2. PSY 324 Sensation and Perception (4cr)
    3. PSY 425 Social Neuroscience (4cr)
    4. BIO 322 Genetics (4cr)
    5. BIO 208 Cell Biology (4cr)
    6. BIO 348 Animal Behavior (4cr)
    7. BIO 351 Mammalian Physiology (4cr)
    8. Selected special topics courses in psychology and other relevant courses, with approval of the Psychology Department.