Mission Statement

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and cognition. The baccalaureate degree program is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of behavior and mental processes as well as with skills needed to design, analyze, and interpret research. Knowledge gained through the psychology baccalaureate program is useful in a variety of areas such as business or the service sector; it also provides the foundation for further study of psychology at the graduate level. The associate degree program is intended to prepare students for further study of psychology at the undergraduate level. The minor program is intended to familiarize students with a range of topics and skills in psychology.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • Achieve greater awareness of human development and multicultural influences on development
  • Understand and discuss at an appropriate level of depth the primary theoretical perspectives in psychology
  • Achieve greater awareness of the causes, development, and treatment of abnormal behavior
  • Understand, discuss, and use scientific terms and concepts common in psychology research
  • Achieve the ability to critically read and evaluate psychological research studies

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Sciences – Major in Psychology (3541)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
PSY 21503 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology3
Total General Education hours38

Psychology electives – Minimum of 12 credit hours must be selected from at least two of the following three groups:

Group I

DescriptionCredits
PSY 12503 Intro to Chemical Depend. Counseling3
PSY 34103 Young Adolescence to Adulthood3
PSY 35103 Psychological Tests and Measurements3
PSY 42203 Counseling Skills and Theoretical Foundations3

Group II

DescriptionCredits
PSY 39503 Laboratory Experience I3
PSY 49503 Laboratory Experience II3
PSY 47901-06 Community Practicum in Psychology *3

Group III

DescriptionCredits
PSY 29901-03 Directed Studies in Psychology1-3
PSY 33103 Organizational Psychology3
PSY 36103 Sensation and Perception3
PSY 38801-03 Selected Topics in Psychology1-3
PSY 39902-06 Independent Study in Psychology2-6

DescriptionCredits
Total major credit hours44
Selected minor and personal electives43
Total hours needed to graduate125

 

Bachelor of Sciences – Minor in Psychology (3530)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology3
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
PSY 21503 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3
Total General Education hours38

DescriptionCredits
Minor Area required courses:
PSY 22804 Memory and Cognition4
PSY 26204 Research Methods4
PSY 33203 Social Psychology3
PSY 47103 Abnormal Psychology3

Psychology electives - Minimum of 6 credit hours must be selected from at least two of the following three groups:

Group I

DescriptionCredits
PSY 12503 Intro to Chemical Depend. Counseling3
PSY 34103 Young Adolescence to Adulthood3
PSY 35103 Psychological Tests and Measurements3
PSY 42203 Counseling Skills and Theoretical Foundations3

Group II

DescriptionCredits
PSY 39503 Laboratory Experience I3
PSY 49503 Laboratory Experience II3
PSY 47901-06 Community Practicum in Psychology *3

Group III

DescriptionCredits
PSY 29901-03 Directed Studies in Psychology1-3
PSY 33103 Organizational Psychology3
PSY 36103 Sensation and Perception3
PSY 38801-03 Selected Topics in Psychology1-3
PSY 39902-06 Independent Study in Psychology2-6

DescriptionCredits
Total minor credit hours18
Selected minor and personal electives69
Total hours needed to graduate125

 

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Psychology (3520)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology4
ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II3
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology3
Total General Education hours39-40

DescriptionCredits
Major Area courses:
PSY 21103 Human Growth and Development3
PSY 21503 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3
PSY 22804 Memory and Cognition4
PSY 26204 Research Methods4
PSY 25203 Behavior Modification3
Total major hours17
Personal elective hours7-8
Total hours needed to graduate64

 

Note: * Community Practicum may be taken no more than twice for up to 6 credits maximum. Community Practicum requires Junior or Senior standing, sponsorship by a fulltime member of the Psychology faculty, and approval of the Dean of the College of Professional and Technical Studies. All required courses in the Psychology require a grade of “C-” or better to count toward the B.S. degree.