Psychology, B.A.

The Psychology Department offers a concentration in traditional psychology. The core psychology requirements focus on statistics and research methodology. The remaining requirements provide students with exposure to sub-disciplinary areas that include perception, physiological, cognitive, learning, history and systems, contemporary issues, tests and measurements, developmental, social, personality, abnormal, motivation, psychopathology, and counseling, as well as other areas. Completion of this major prepares one for a career as a child care worker, assistant mental health worker, health care worker, or research assistant. Continued study may include a master’s degree in psychology or social work or a doctorate in psychology.

The requirements for admission to this degree track are a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 and completion of the degree track’s required courses.

Required Courses:
PSYC 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 230Statistics for Social Sciences3
PSYC 235Experimental Psychology4
PSYC 336Senior Research Seminar3
Restricted Electives:
Group 1:Select one course
PSYC 150Developmental: Birth Through Adolescence3
PSYC 152Development Adolescence to Adulthood3
PSYC 160Social Psychology3
Group 2:Select one course 3
PSYC 340Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 341Perception3
PSYC 342Motivation3
PSYC 343Learning3
PSYC 344Cognitive Psychology3
Group 3:Select one course 3
PSYC 345Personality Theory3
PSYC 350Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 360Advanced Social Psychology3
Group 4:Select one course 3
PSYC 330Tests and Measurements3
PSYC 410Advanced General Psychology3
PSYC 412History and Systems3
PSYC 414Contemporary Issues in Psychology3
Group 5:Select one course 3
PSYC 300Psychopathology of Childhood & Adolescence3
PSYC 301Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 370Techniques in Behavior Modification3
PSYC 372Introduction To Counseling3
PSYC 427Seminar: Clinical Psychology3
Psychology Electives:9
Select 8 credits of ANY 300 or 400 Level Psychology courses from Groups 2-5 above, Psychology electives listed below, or a co-op.
PSYC 315Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling I3
PSYC 317Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling II3
PSYC 347Positive Psychology3
PSYC 376Group Dynamics3
PSYC 472Advanced Counseling3
PSYC 480Field Experience (Mental Health)3
PSYC 490Cross Cultural Psychology3
Total Credits:36
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
INTD 101 Orientation to College *first time freshmen only. 1
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
3
PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4 - 6
PSYC 230 Statistics for Social Sciences 3
PSYC 150
Developmental: Birth Through Adolescence
or Social Psychology
or Development Adolescence to Adulthood
3
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
 Credits16-18
Sophomore
Semester 1
PSYC 235 Experimental Psychology 4
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Elective or Minor 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
PSYC 340
Physiological Psychology
or Perception
or Motivation
or Learning
or Cognitive Psychology
3
PSYC 345
Personality Theory
or Advanced Developmental Psychology
or Advanced Social Psychology
3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
PSYC 330
Tests and Measurements
or Advanced General Psychology
or History and Systems
or Contemporary Issues in Psychology
3
PSYC 300
Psychopathology of Childhood & Adolescence
or Abnormal Psychology
or Techniques in Behavior Modification
or Introduction To Counseling
or Seminar: Clinical Psychology
3
General Education Tier III Capstone Course 3
Elective or Minor 3
Elective or Minor 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Psychology Elective (300-400 Level) 3
Psychology Elective (300-400 Level) 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
Elective or Minor Course 3
 Credits15
Senior
Semester 1
PSYC 336 Senior Research Seminar 3
Psychology Elective (300-400 Level) 3
Elective or Minor 3
Elective or Minor 3
Elective or Minor 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Elective or Minor 3
Elective or Minor 3
Elective or Minor 3
Elective or Minor 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits121-123

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Psychology BA program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional skills necessary for successful employment following graduation.
  2. Identify and interpret methodologies used in psychology as a social science.
  3. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  4. Apply ethical standards to evaluate research conducted in psychology.
  5. Psychology students will be able to communicate quantitative data and results.