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Psychology (BS)

Hours - 42 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2018
Last Revision 9/23/2020

Program Requirements


Clinical/Counseling Emphasis — 42 Credits

Requirements — 21 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
PSYC 111 General Psychology F, W, S 3.0
PSYC 205 Applied Social Statistics F, W 3.0 PSYC 111, MATH 107 or MATH 110 or equivalent
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology F, W 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 306 Quantitative Research Methods F, W 3.0 PSYC 111, 205
PSYC 350 Social Psychology F, W, S 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 385 Biopsychology F, W, S 3.0 PSYC 111 or Permission of Instructor
PSYC 440 Abnormal Psychology F, W 3.0 PSYC 111, 210

Clinical/Counseling Required Core — 12 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
PSYC 310 Measurement and Evaluation F 3.0 PSYC 111, 205
PSYC 340 Community Mental Health F, S 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 450 Psychotherapy W 3.0 PSYC 210 and 340 or Permission of Instructor
PSYC 451 Advanced Cross `Cultural Psychotherapy S 3.0 PSYC 450 or Permission of Instructor

Clinical/Counseling Emphasis Electives — 9 Credits

Only 3 credits of PSYC 495R and 3 credits of PSYC 496R can be counted towards elective credits.
Each student will take three elective courses from the following list:

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
PSYC 307 Qualitative Research Methods W 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 321 Organizational Behavior F, W 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 341 Personality W 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 357 Cultural Psychology F, S 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 365 Motivation F 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 370 Behavioral Psychology Variable 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 380 Sensation and Perception Variable 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 381 Drugs and Behavior W 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 390R Special Topics in Psychology Variable 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 399R* Internship in Psychology F, W, S 3.0 Permission of Instructor
PSYC 402 Educational and Instructional Psychology W 3.0 PSYC 111
PSYC 405 Multivariate Statistics Variable 3.0 PSYC 205 and Permission of Instructor
PSYC 495R Independent Study Variable 1.0 - 3.0 PSYC 111 and Permission of Instructor
PSYC 496R Mentored Research F, W, S 1.0 - 3.0 PSYC 111 and Permission of Instructor
EXS 409 Sports Psychology F, W 3.0 Junior or Senior Status

    *Only 3 credits of internship can be counted towards Psychology elective credits.


    General/Experimental Emphasis — 42 Credits

    Requirements — 21 Credits

    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
    PSYC 111 General Psychology F, W, S 3.0
    PSYC 205 Applied Social Statistics F, W 3.0 PSYC 111, MATH 107 or MATH 110 or equivalent
    PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology F, W 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 306 Quantitative Research Methods F, W 3.0 PSYC 111, 205
    PSYC 350 Social Psychology F, W, S 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 385 Biopsychology F, W, S 3.0 PSYC 111 or Permission of Instructor
    PSYC 440 Abnormal Psychology F, W 3.0 PSYC 111, 210

    General/Experimental Emphasis Electives — 21 Credits


    Only 3 credits of PSYC 495R and 6 credits of PSYC 496R can be counted towards elective credits.
    Each student will take seven electives courses from the following list:

    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
    PSYC 307 Qualitative Research Methods W 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 310 Measurement and Evaluation F 3.0 PSYC 111, 205
    PSYC 321 Organizational Behavior F, W 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 340 Community Mental Health F, S 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 341 Personality W 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 357 Cultural Psychology F, S 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 365 Motivation F 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 370 Behavioral Psychology Variable 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 380 Sensation and Perception Variable 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 381 Drugs and Behavior W 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 390R Special Topics in Psychology Variable 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 399R* Internship in Psychology F, W, S 3.0 Permission of Instructor
    PSYC 402 Educational and Instructional Psychology W 3.0 PSYC 111
    PSYC 405 Multivariate Statistics Variable 3.0 PSYC 205 and Permission of Instructor
    PSYC 450 Psychotherapy W 3.0 PSYC 210 and 340 or Permission of Instructor
    PSYC 495R Independent Study Variable 1.0-3.0 PSYC 111 and Permission of Instructor
    PSYC 496R Mentored Research F, W, S 1.0-3.0 PSYC 111 and Permission of Instructor
    EXS 409 Sports Psychology F, W 3.0 Junior or Senior Status

    *Only 3 credits of internship can be counted towards Psychology elective credits.


    No grade below “C-” will be allowed in the major.


    Program Outcomes

    Upon completing a major in Psychology, students will:

    • Write effectively using the American Psychological Association Style.
    • Communicate effectively in presentation situations.
    • Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of differences among peoples.
    • Use technology effective. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of psychological theories and principles.
    • Understand and apply ethical principles, particularly those stressed by the “Ethical Principles of Psychologists.”
    • Understand the process of moving from undergraduate to graduate programs and/or the marketplace.

    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

    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.

    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.