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The Psychology Major

We offer a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. You study principles of human growth and development and the processes of learning, cognition, and emotion. Particular focus is on personality development, maladaptive behavior, social diversity and group interactions, and the biological bases of behavior. The major provides the foundation for careers in human services and counseling, in business and industry, and in working with children, adolescents, and adults in schools or clinical settings. As a Psychology major, you can pursue provisional teacher certification as an early childhood teacher by completing a certification program in early childhood education. The major program also prepares students for graduate study in all areas of psychology, social work, business, education, and other related professions.

Students graduating with a degree in Psychology:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the following areas of psychology:  developmental, abnormal, social, and research and statistical methodology
  • Demonstrate competence using a statistical package to analyze data and to present those results in APA manuscript style
  • Communicate proficiently, both orally and in writing

The Psychology Flowsheet details the required courses for the major. including the Core Curriculum and Graduation requirements customized for Psychology majors.

Psychology Flowsheet For First-year and Transfer Students entering Fall 2017 and later 

Psychology Major Requirements 

Foundation Courses

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 101 Introductory Seminar in Psychology 1 cr

Research Methodology

  • PSYC 290 Psychological Research & Stats I 4 cr
  • PSYC 291 Psychological Research & Stats II 4 cr

 Primary Content Domains: Choose four of the following six (at least two must be 300-level)

  • PSYC 208 or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 230 Social Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 310 Cognitive Psychology 3 cr
  • PSYC 316 Behavior Analysis 3 cr
  • PSYC 331 Biological Psychology 3 cr

Advanced Research and Methods: Choose one of the following three

  • PSYC 360 Psychological Testing 4 cr
  • PSYC 390 Research Design & Analysis 4 cr
  • PSYC 397 Research Seminar 4 cr

Two upper level electives (300-level or higher) 

Psyc Capstone Experience:   

  • PSYC 301 Psychology Professional Seminar 1 cr                     

Choose one of the following three

  • PSYC 410 History of Psychology
  • PSYC 499 Advanced Seminar in Psychology
  • PSYC 550 Senior Thesis


Minor in Psychology

The Psychology Minor enables students to acquire a fundamental understanding of complex human behaviors.


Minor in Behavior Analysis

Three intensive Behavior Analysis Minor programs within the Psychology major prepare you for careers or graduate study in behavior analysis.