Psychology

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

B.A. in Psychology


The 120-credit Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a popular and versatile undergraduate degree. It can be applied to almost any area of work, including social services, law, human resources, business and government. Courses in this program explore how people learn, what lies behind people’s behavior, how the brain affects behavior, how gender affects development and the different ways in which people interact. Elective courses will introduce you to interesting and relevant topics including forensic psychology, psychosomatics, and industrial and organizational psychology.

Many psychology students become psychologists or enter related professions, but many others work in unrelated fields. Their knowledge of human behavior and development, learned as part of a broad-based liberal arts education, makes them excellent candidates for careers in a wide range of fields such as business, education and government. Recent graduates have continued to graduate school in areas such as Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Behavior Analysis, and Physical Therapy. Jobs of recent graduates include working in insurance, working in the field of behavior analysis, and working to help prepare others for higher education.

Psychology Department Faculty 


Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Introductory Psychology Course (9 credits)
 PSY 101 General Psychology   3
 PSY 110 Psychological Statistics 3               
 PSY 211 Experimental Psychology 
 Must choose one of the following (3 credits)
 PSY 213 Psychological Statistics II 
 PSY 212 Psychological Tests and Measurements                                                        
Choose two (2) of the following (6 credits)
 PSY 416 Experimental Psychology 
 PSY 422 Issues in Developmental Psychology  
 PSY 430 Differential Diagnosis 
 PSY 440  Issues in Social Psychology 
 PSY 460 Issues in Behavior Analysis  3
Foundational Psychology (12 credits) 
 PSY 120 Developmental Psych Childhood 4
 PSY 121 Lifespan Development  4
 PSY 130 Neuroscience  4
 PSY 131 Sensation and Perception  4
 PSY 140 Social Psychology  4
 PSY 150 Cognitive Psychology  4
 PSY 160 Learning and Memory  4
 PSY 170 Abnormal Psychology  4

Elective Psychology Course 

If PSY 101 is taken, six additional credits in psychology are required. If PSY 102 is taken, five additional credits are required. These may be any courses within psychology, other than PSY100.

Co-Related Courses (24 credits) 
 BIO 103 General Biology I  4
 BIO 104 General Biology II 
 CHM 3 Principles of Chemistry I 
 CHM 4 Principles of Chemistry II 
 MTH 7           Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
One of the following
 MTH 3 College Algebra and Trigonometry 
 MTH 3S College Algebra and Trigonometry 
 MTH 8 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 

Course # Course Name Credits
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1* Writing 1 3
ENG 2* Writing 2 3
MTH Quantitative Reasoning: fulfilled with any MTH course
(MTH 7 required for major)
3-4
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
(BIO 103 required for major)
4
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (BIO 104 required for major) 3-4

* In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.

ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 54
Elective Major Credits 6
Total Core Requirement Credits 32
Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 28
Total Degree Credits 120


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