Psychology

The field of psychology addresses the questions of how humans act, know, develop, and interact.
We focus on the scientific study and understanding of human behavior and the mind with an emphasis on developmental, social, cognitive, educational, and clinical aspects.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Internships and service learning give students opportunities to learn experientially how to bridge theory and practice. Cross-cultural approaches are included in many courses and students are encouraged to experience another culture through off-campus study or study abroad. Psychology is a diverse discipline and thus provides a solid background for graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels in a variety of fields, such as social work, law, teaching, medicine, forensics, and clinical and counseling psychology.

Psychology Major

Assistant Professor S. Markowitz, Chair
The total number of courses required for the major is 11 (33-36 semester hours). At least six of the courses (18 semester hours) taken for the major must be at the 300-level or above. No more than one internship may be taken to meet the requirements for the major.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (15-17 sem. hrs.)

MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
   or MATH 251 Mathematical Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 101 General Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 270 Foundations and Methods in Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 290 Internship Program in Psychology (2-4 sem. hrs.)
PSY 403 Senior Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Psychology (4 sem. hrs.)

One course in each of the following categories (18-19 sem. hrs.)
Any course can only be counted in one category

SOCIAL

PSY 224 Social Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 250 Human Sexuality (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 306 Organizational Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs)
WGS 260 Indigenous Women's Experiences (3 sem. hrs.)

DEVELOPMENTAL

PSY 210 Child Development (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 214 The Psychology of Women (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 301 Clinical Child Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 318 Adolescent Development (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 355 Adult Development and Aging (3 sem. hrs.)

CLINICAL

PSY 227 Abnormal Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 235 Forensic Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 301 Clinical Child Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 330 Indigenous Psychologies (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 338 Psychotherapy (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 343 Neuropsychology (3 sem. hrs)

COGNITIVE

PSY 340 Psycholinguistics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 347 Cognitive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 349 Cognition and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 370 Sensation and Perception (3 sem. hrs.)

BIOLOGICAL

BIOL 324L Animal Behavior (4 sem. hrs.)
PSY 242 Drugs and Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 342 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 343 Neuropsychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 370 Sensation and Perception (3 sem. hrs)

INTRADISCIPLINARY

PSY 206 Health Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 275 Positive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 280 Psychology of Art (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)

Psychology Minor

Professor M. Morfei, Coordinator

The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

PSY 101 General Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 270 Foundations and Methods in Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
or MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
or MATH 251 Mathematical Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)

One course each from four of the following categories, at least two at the 300-level (12 sem. hrs.)

SOCIAL

PSY 224 Social Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 250 Human Sexuality (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 306 Organizational Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs)
WGS 260 Indigenous Women's Experiences (3 sem. hrs.)

DEVELOPMENTAL

PSY 210 Child Development (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 214 The Psychology of Women (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 301 Clinical Child Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 318 Adolescent Development (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 355 Adult Development and Aging (3 sem. hrs.)

CLINICAL

PSY 227 Abnormal Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 235 Forensic Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 301 Clinical Child Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 330 Indigenous Psychologies (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 338 Psychotherapy (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 343 Neuropsychology (3 sem. hrs)

COGNITIVE

PSY 340 Psycholinguistics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 347 Cognitive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 349 Cognition and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 370 Sensation and Perception (3 sem. hrs.)

BIOLOGICAL

BIOL 324L Animal Behavior (4 sem. hrs.)
PSY 242 Drugs and Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 342 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 343 Neuropsychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 370 Sensation and Perception (3 sem. hrs)

INTRADISCIPLINARY

PSY 206 Health Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 275 Positive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 280 Psychology of Art (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)

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