Psychology, BS

A psychology major presents a broad study of human behavior and insight into psychology as a scientific discipline and professional career. Graduate work is required to certify for practice in most agencies and for licensure as a private therapist. A major in Psychology may lead to entry-level jobs in crisis intervention centers, counseling clinics, community service agencies, or other social agencies. This major is primarily designed to be used in preparation for graduate studies in psychology, psychotherapy, professional counseling, or social work. The psychology major also supports graduate work in experimental, applied, academic, theoretical, or professional psychology (clinical, counseling, or school psychology, or marriage and family therapy).

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Students will be able to identity, explain, and apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology and social work to behavioral problems.
  2. Students will be able to use research design and data analysis to generate insights into behavioral and psychological phenomena.
  3. Students will be able to use scientific reasoning and theory to solve problems and examine behavioral and mental processes.
  4. Students will be able to identify and evaluate ambiguity in scientific evidence, and the complexity of sociocultural diversity.
  5. Students will be able identify and explain good practice that reflects ethical values that contribute to positive outcomes in home, work, and public life.
  6. Students will be able to write a clear and precise scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity in different formats.
  7. Students will be able to reflect on their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management, teamwork, self-improvement and vocational preparation.
  8. Students will be able to discern the relationship between faith and science and articulate their own view of the world.

Requirements for the BS in Psychology

General Education Core 37 hours

Psychology Major 39 hours

PSY 2013General Psychology

3

PSY 3303Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSY 3323Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

PSY 4893Psychology Seminar

3

PSY 4943Ethics in the Behavioral Sciences

3

Non-Laboratory Core: Choose 9 hours

PSY 2113Psychology of Adjustment

3

PSY 2223Life Span Development

3

 

PSY 2233Introduction to Art Therapy

3

OR

ART 2233Introduction to Art Therapy

3

 

PSY 3013Psychology of Personality

3

PSY 3033Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 3053Health Psychology

3

PSY 3093History and Systems of Psychology

3

Laboratory Core: Choose 7 hours

PSY 3043Brain and Behavior

3

PSY 3503Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY 3514Learning and Memory

4

PSY 3524Sensation and Perception

4

PSY 4434Advanced Experimental Psychology

4

Advanced Core: Choose 8 hours

PSY 3063Principles of Neuroscience

3

PSY 3203Child Development

3

PSY 3213Adolescent Development

3

PSY 3223Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

3

PSY 3313Intro to Psychological Assessment

3

PSY 3403Intro to Psychotherapy and Counseling

3

PSY 3413Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior

3

PSY 3423Diversity and Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

PSY 4423Psychology of Group Processes

3

 

PSY 4911Directed Research in Psychology

1

OR

PSY 4912Directed Research in Psychology

2

OR

PSY 4913Directed Research in Psychology

3

 

PSY 4921Directed Readings in Psychology

1

OR

PSY 4922Directed Readings in Psychology

2

OR

PSY 4923Directed Readings in Psychology

3

 

Other PSY approved by Department Chair

Minor (Recommended) 18 hours

Electives 26 hours

Total Credit Hours: 120