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As a behavioral science, and as a distinct but integral part of natural science, psychology stands between physiology and the social sciences.  Psychology, like Anthropology, links the behavioral sciences with the biological sciences. The major areas of psychological study are concerned with individual human behavior conceptualized as a natural phenomenon, studied by scientific and experimental methods, and understood in terms of psychological theories and laws.

The general objectives of the program in Psychology are to increase students’ understanding of themselves and others, to enhance the skills of those specializing in related areas of study, and to prepare those pursuing psychology as a career for graduate study and professional work.


The student learning objectives for the Psychology Program are articulated with those of the American Psychological Association. Graduating students will demonstrate that they have:

  1. Developed a broad and deep knowledge base in Psychology;
  2. Acquired and can appropriately apply knowledge of psychological research skills;
  3. Acquired and can appropriately apply critical thinking skills in Psychology;
  4. Developed competence in making appropriate applications of Psychology;
  5. Acquired and can appropriately apply the values of Psychology;
  6. Developed competence in information and technological literacy;
  7. Developed competence in communication skills;
  8. Acquired and can appropriately apply sociocultural and international awareness;
  9. Acquired effective personal development skills;
  10. Acquired knowledge and competence in career planning and development.


Progress in the Psychology Major. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in any course to be credited toward completion of the Psychology major.  This requirement applies only to the 37 credits counted specifically toward completion of Psychology major requirements: the five required courses, plus eight elective courses in psychology.  It does not apply to General Education courses, or to generic electives.



(Total: 37 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (13 credit hours): PY101, PY210, PY210L, PY413, and MA385.

Electives (24 credit hours): At least 18 hours of upper division courses.  Six hours of these must be 400-level Psychology courses, otherwise students may select from upper division (300, 400 level) Psychology courses or from BI157/157L and BI158/158L. The remaining six hours of electives may be selected from any non-required Psychology course.



(Total: 19 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (10 credit hours): PY101, 210, 210L, and MA385.

Electives (9 credit hours): PY courses (200, 300, 400 level) six (6) credits of which must be at the 400 levels.

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Psychology?

  1. Clinical Psychologists
  2. Industrial Psychologists
  3. Marriage and Family Therapists
  4. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  5. Research Psychologists
  6. School Psychologists