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Psychology

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Psychology degree is designed to be a flexible degree that allows students to successfully pursue their chosen career path. Students take a core set of classes that provide a theoretical foundation, then choose courses with the help of their advisor to fulfill the requirement for their unique long‐term educational and career goals.

The degree consists of a core of 4 psychology courses; a series of psychology courses that cover developmental, theoretical, and clinical focus areas; and practicum and senior seminar courses that emphasize application of theory and research. Students will take one course each from selections in developmental, theoretical, and clinical psychology, and three additional psychology courses.

Psychology Program Objectives*

Graduates in Psychology will be able to:

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.
5. Demonstrate the personal skills necessary to effectively working within the field.

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

Practicum Requirement

Participation in at least one practicum experience is required of all students. The experience gained through the practice of theory and techniques in the field is an important element of the profession. Students are placed with community agencies and private practice sites under the supervision of professionals. In addition, students attend a weekly 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 4 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 Requrements
Py480 Senior Seminar

Psychology Major Core

  • Py150 Psychology
  • Py321 Social Research (Mg330 Marketing Research and Nu311 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice may be considered as a substitute for this requirement.)
  • Py400 Practicum and Seminar I
  • Py402 Abnormal Psychology

Psychology Electives:
Choose 1 course from each area (3 courses with at least one at the 300 level)

Developmental Electives

  • Py203 Lifespan Development
  • Py205 Child Growth and Development
  • Py206 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • Py207 Individuals with Special Needs
  • Py307 Issues in Adolescence
  • Py430 Death and Dying

Theoretical Electives

  • Py204 Family Dynamics
  • Py230 Cognition, Learning, and Memory
  • Py303 Human Sexuality
  • Py310 Human Behavior in Social Environments
  • Py330 Biologic Basis of Behavior

Clinical Electives

  • Py208 Chemical Dependency
  • Py250 Interviewing Skills and Case Management
  • Py320 Community Based Interventions and Public Policy
  • Py340 Individual and Small Group Interactions
  • Py351 Health and Stress
  • Py403 Group Counseling
  • Py415 Conflict Resolution
  • Py440 Schools of Psychotherapy

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

General Electives: Choose 10 courses

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