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Bachelor of Science Degree

The Psychology degree is designed to prepare students for graduate work in psychology and social work and for entry-level positions in the mental health and social services fields.

The degree consists of a core of four psychology courses (including a practicum and capstone) plus seven elective courses in such areas as developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology.

Psychology Program Objectives*

Graduates in Psychology will:

1. Have a working knowledge of content domains within the field;
2. Be able to use the scientific method to critically think about psychological phenomena;
3. Understand the ethical issues associated with conducting research and providing treatment to
individuals and groups;
4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to the field; and
5. Demonstrate the personal skills necessary to effectively working within the field.

*Adapted from the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology

Practicum Requirement

Participation in at least one practicum is required of all students. Students are placed with community agencies and private practice sites under the supervision of professionals. In addition, students attend a seminar that prepares them to search for, apply to, and successfully interview with potential places of employment.

Program of Study

The degree must include a minimum of five courses in Psychology taken at the 300‐ and/or 400‐level. With Division Chair approval, certain Human Services courses may fulfill degree requirements.

General Core Requirements
Py480 Senior Seminar

Psychology Major Core

  • Py150 Psychology
  • Ss321 Social Research (Mg330 Marketing Research may be considered as a substitute for this requirement.)
  • Ss400 Practicum and Seminar I

Focus Areas:

Developmental (choose one)

  • Py203 Lifespan Development
  • Py205 Child Growth and Development
  • Py206 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • Py307 Issues in Adolescence


  • Hs250 Case Management and Community Systems AND
  • Py402 Abnormal Psychology

Brain & Behavior (choose one)

  • Hs208 Chemical Dependency
  • Py230 Cognition, Learning, and Memory
  • Py330 Biologic Basis of Behavior

Social/Personality (choose one)

  • Py310 Social Psychology
  • Py351 Health and Stress
  • Py415 Conflict Resolution
  • Py420 Theories of Personality

2 Psychology Electives (one of which must be at the 300- or 400-level)

General Electives: Choose 10 courses

Recommended Program Sequence
First Year – Fall
En101 English Composition I
Fy100 Quest for Success: The First Year Experience Py150 Psychology
Math Core

First Year – Spring
En102 English Composition II
200-level Focus Area Course
General Core
General Core

Second Year – Fall
200-level Focus Area Course
General Core
General Core
General or Psychology Elective

Second Year – Spring
300-level Focus Area Course
Any Psychology Course
General Core
General Core

Third Year – Fall
300-Level Psychology Elective
300-Level Psychology Elective
General Core
General Elective

Third Year – Spring
Ma202 Statistical Methods Py402 Abnormal Psychology
General Core
General Core

Fourth Year – Fall
Ss321 Social Research
Ss400 Practicum and Seminar I
General Elective
General Elective

Fourth Year – Spring
Py480 Senior Seminar
General or Psychology Elective
General Elective
General Elective

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