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Faculty


 Chair

Professor

  • Kohlert, Jess  (2015) A.A. 1982, Ricks College; B.S. 1985, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1995, Brigham Young University.
  • Miller, Ronald M. (2003) B.S. 1997, Brigham Young University; M.S. 1999, Purdue University, West Lafayette; Ph.D. 2003, Purdue University, West Lafayette.

Associate Professors

  • Timothy, Boyd (2011) B.S. 2003, Brigham Young University;  Ph.D.  2008, Clark University

Assistant Professors

  • Beckstead, Zachary (2016) B.S. 2005, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2007, University of West Georgia; Ph.D. 2012, Clark University.
  • Orr, Eric (2017) B.S. 1994, University of Utah; M.S. 1996, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2003, Brigham Young University.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Burroughs, Jeff (1993-2015)
  • Funaki, Inoke F. (1975-2013)
  • Kinghorn, Edward W. (2006-2016)
  • Mahony, Diana L. (1994-2005)

Advisor

The Discipline


Psychology is the study of the human mind, emotions, and behavior. Psychologists observe and record the way humans and animals communicate and relate to each other and to their environments. They observe behavior, make predictions, and test hypotheses scientifically. Psychology seeks to answer important questions concerning human identity, feelings, and the reasons for behavior.

Career Opportunities


Many psychology majors go on to do graduate work in psychology and other fields. Others work in business, particularly in personnel work. Others engage in varieties of social service, teaching, and administration. Psychologists engage in a variety of academic roles as teachers, researchers, and administrators and also provide counseling, clinical, and consulting services to individuals and organizations. Psychologists are employed by colleges and universities, public and private schools, clinics, and hospitals. They work in private practice and for corporations and government entities. The study of psychology has particular value for family life and for civic and cultural roles generally. The psychology major provides a well-informed perspective on human and organizational behavior in preparation for occupations in law enforcement, law, or business.

Most professional positions require a master's or doctoral degree, although a bachelor's degree may be sufficient to gain employment in high school teaching, mental health care, detention and probation services, auxiliary social work, personnel, or human resources. Further, the psychology major gives students a particularly strong background leading to graduate study in business, law, or medicine.

Program Outcomes


Upon completing a major in Psychology, students will:

  1. Write effectively using the American Psychological Association Style.
  2. Communicate effectively in professional presentation situations.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of differences among peoples.
  4. Use technology effectively.
  5. Design and conduct empirical research projects.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of psychological theories and principles.
  7. Understand and apply ethical principles, particularly those stressed by the "Ethical Principles of Psychologists."
  8. Understand the process of moving from undergraduate to graduate programs and/or the marketplace.
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Admission to All Programs

All undergraduate degree programs in the Department of Psychology are open enrollment.
 

Major and Minor Requirements

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minors are offered in Psychology and Organizational Behavior. No class in Psychology with a grade of less than C- will be accepted toward completion of the major. If a student receives a grade of less than C- they may repeat the course. A second failure to achieve a C- or higher grade automatically leads to a department review to determine if the student should be allowed to continue in the major.

Some majors in the department have an opportunity to extend their academic work into practical work experiences while earning credit through field work experience.

Students wishing information on these programs may consult with the Department Chair.


B.S. Psychology (40 hours)
All students majoring in Psychology will take a common core of eight courses for a total of 25 credits. Beyond that core they will choose at least five elective Psychology courses, for an additional 15 credits. The five elective Psychology courses should be selected in consultation with the academic advisor and/ or faculty advisor to best prepare you for your intended educational and career goals.

Core Requirements (15 hours)

  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 350 Social Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 440 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 385 Biopsychology (3)

Research Core (10 hours)

  • PSYC 205 Applied Social Statistics (3)
  • PSYC 305 Social Research Methods (4)
  • PSYC 490 Senior Seminar (3)
Please note that PSYC 205 may only be approved for substitution/transfer by personal interview with the Department.  PSYC 305 & 490 must be taken in residence at BYUH - no substitutions/transfer credits will be granted.

Elective Requirements (15 hours)

Each student will take five elective courses from the following list:
  • PSYC 215 Consumer Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 220 Evolutionary Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 310 Measurement and Evaluation (3)
  • PSYC 321 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 340 Community Mental Health (3)
  • PSYC 341 Personality (3)
  • PSYC 357 Cultural Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 365 Motivation (3)
  • PSYC 370 Behavioral Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 375 Cognition (3)
  • PSYC 380 Sensation and Perception (3)
  • PSYC 381 Drugs and Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 390R Special Topics in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 399R Internship in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 402 Educational and Instructional Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 405 Multivariate Statistics (3)
  • PSYC 450 Psychotherapy (3)
  • PSYC 451 Advanced Cross Cultural Psychotherapy (3)
  • PSYC 495R Independent Study (3)
  • PSYC 496R Student Research (3)
  • EXS 409 Sports Psychology (3)

Psychology Minor (15 hours)
 
A minor in Psychology is intended to complement a student's major in another field, whether that is chemistry or management or history or English. A psychology minor will help the student understand the way human beings feel, think, perceive, and behave in any setting. A minor requires the completion of five courses (15 hours) from the psychology list, including PSYC 111.

Organizational Behavior Minor (15 Hours)
A minor in Organization Behavior is intended to complement a student's major in another field, such as business, English or political science. Organizational Behavior stresses the analysis of human interrelationships in organizations--from businesses to governments to schools. It is a suitable addition to one's preparation for graduate school in organizational development, law, business, and many other fields, as well as for careers in human resources, corporate education, employee and industrial relations, and general management. Students wishing to take a minor in Organizational Behavior will take the five courses listed below.
  • BUSM 310 Leadership and Management (3)
  • PSYC 321 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • BUSM 327 Human Resource Management (3)
  • PSYC 365 Motivation (3)
  • BUSM 320 Business Communications (3)