The Psychology Program provides a curriculum a broad foundation of knowledge in the discipline of psychology and to equip students for pursuing careers in a variety of fields, such as mental health, drug/alcohol counseling, community/social services, business, advertising, marketing, and education. In addition, an undergraduate degree from our program provides an excellent foundation for graduate study. Students who major in psychology take a common core of courses to attain a comprehensive knowledge base of the discipline, an understanding of research methods used by psychologists, and hands-on research experience. Electives provide a deeper understanding of sub-topics within the field.
Our program is dedicated to student-centered research. Students have several opportunities to gain practical, hands-on research experience. In particular, our program houses the Human Psychophysiology Laboratory (opening Fall 2015), a teaching lab equipped with state-of-the-art recording equipment. This lab is a student-centered workplace where undergraduates are trained in the measurement and analysis of the physiological underpinnings of emotional and mental processes.
Undergraduates in our program also have the opportunity to take part in the Psychology Club. Students in this club benefit from tutoring and study groups for psychology courses, learn about careers in psychology and what to do after graduation, learn about preparing for graduate school, and are involved in a variety of community service activities. Moreover, top academic achievers may become a member of our chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. This international recognition is an impressive honor that can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes.
Our program has the following objectives:
- To provide students with a strong knowledge base of psychology’s key concepts, principles, overarching themes, and applications.
- To engage students in scientific reasoning to interpret, design, and conduct psychological research.
- To foster sensitivity to the ethical standards in research and an appreciation for human diversity.
- To develop effective verbal and written communication skills.
- To provide an atmosphere of professional development in order to prepare students for graduate school and the workforce.
The Psychology Program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours for a Bachelor of Science degree. These include general education and institutional requirements, psychology required courses and psychology electives. A major in psychology requires 21 semester hours of core course work.
Required Courses (21 hours)
PSYC 2303 History and Systems
PSYC 3300 Psychological Statistics I
PSYC 3301 Psychology of Learning
PSYC 4300 Psychological Statistics II
PSYC 4301 Experimental Psychology
PSYC 4302 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 4310/4311 Seminar in Psychology
Psychology electives (24 hours). Select 8 from the following:
PSYC 2302 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2304 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 3302 Personality
PSYC 3303 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3305 Psychological Assessment
PSYC 3306 Perception
PSYC 3307 Psychology and Law
PSYC 3303 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 3310 Social Psychology
PSYC 4303 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSYC 4304 Human Sexuality
PSYC 4305 Human Performance and Information Processing
PSYC 4307 Human Factors
PSYC 4309 Health Psychology
PSYC 4312/4600 Independent Studies
SBSC 4300 Using SPSS for Windows
General Electives/Minor (25 hours)
There is a combined total of twenty-five (25) hours in general electives and a minor. Having a minor is not a requirement, but the department recommends that in order to fulfill the requirement for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology (120 hours) the student take the needed twenty-five (25) hours in one area or discipline. If, however, the student chooses not to minor, then the 25 hours can be taken from any area of interest to the student.
Select from any area, including ROTC, the Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Art, Journalism, etc.
Minor in Psychology
For students who desire to have a minor in psychology, at least eighteen (18) hours are required. Depending on the student's major and later career interests, the specific courses required for a minor are determined with the help of the coordinator of the psychology program.