Program Description

A major in psychology enables students to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate activities. Many psychology majors continue their studies in graduate school, where they may specialize in such areas as clinical, counseling, developmental, experimental, physiological, social or sports psychology. Others enroll in a variety of professional programs such as law, medicine, education, speech pathology, rehabilitation, or social work. Some enter directly into careers such as management, human services, rehabilitation or recreational supervision. Some of our majors obtain employment as a direct consequence of an undergraduate internship.

Psychology Major

Students considering psychology as a major or minor are encouraged to seek a mentor/adviser in the department before making any final decision. Acceptance as a major is contingent on a student passing both General Psychology, PSYC 10100, Descriptive Methods and Statistics, PSYC 21400, and Experimental Methods and Statistics, PSYC 21500, with a minimum grade of C. A prerequisite for enrolling in PSYC 21500 is a minimum grade of C in PSYC 10100. PSYC 21400 and/or PSYC 21500 mayalso required prior to enrolling in any of the Psychology Content Courses.

I. Psychology General courses

PSYC 10100 – General Psychology
PSYC 21400 -- Descriptive Methods and Statistics
PSYC 21500 – Experimental Methods and Statistics

 

II. Psychology Content courses (must take one from each pair: other can count as elective)

a. Psychology of Behavior

PSYC 31600 – Learning:Theory, Methods and Application
PSYC 32700 – Biopsychology

b.  Developmental Psychology

PSYC 21600 – Psychology of Childhood
PSYC 26200 – Psychology of Adolescence and Early Adulthood

c.  Social/Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 34400 -- Social Psychology

PSYC 36600 -- Cognitive Psychology

d.  Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 25500 -- Abnormal Psychology

III. Psychology Elective courses

Students choose a minimum of three (3-4 hour) psychology courses.  One of these courses must be advanced (30000-40000 level).

IV. PSYCH 48000 – Senior Seminar


Departmental Honors

Many majors will be encouraged by their mentor/adviser to do an internship or a research project.  In order to be considered for departmental honors, a student must complete either an internship or independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.  Any exceptions to these requirements must be discussed and agreed to by the departmental faculty.

Enrichment

We strongly recommend that majors enrich their background with an introductory course in computer programming, a field experience (29800) or internship (49800), an independent research project (48100) or special topics courses (28000, 28100).

Minor in Psychology

A minor in psychology consists of six courses: PSYC 10100 and a minimum of five additional courses within a “track” that contains at least one methods course and at least one content area course (outlined below). Students minoring in Psychology must pass PSYC 10100 and PSYC 21400/21500 with a minimum grade of C. Students must have a minor faculty advisor in Psychology to discuss additional course selections. Transfer students may apply one course from another institution to their minor coursework. (*=students wishing to take both content courses within a track may use the second as one of their elective courses)

 

    • Psychobiology of Behavior track
      • PSYC 21500
      • PSYC 31600 or PSYC 32700
      • 3 electives*
    • Developmental Psychology track
      • PSYC 21400 or PSYC 21500
      • PSYC 26100 or PSYC 26200
      • 3 electives*
    • Social/Cognitive Psychology track
      • PSYC 21400
      • PSYC 21500
      • PSYC 34400 or PSYC 36600
      • 2 electives*
    • Abnormal track
      • PSYC 21400
      • PSYC 25500
      • 3 electives
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Department Courses:

  • General Psychology
  • Descriptive Methods and Statistics
  • Experimental Methods and Statistics
  • Learning: Theory, Methods, and Application
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Animal Cognition
  • Development Across the Life Span
  • Health Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Psychology of Adolescence and Early Adulthood
  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Exceptionality
  • Biopsychology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Social Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Junior Seminar
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Personality
  • Senior Seminar
  • Field Experience/Internship
  • Independent Research