Psychology (BA)

Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
HEGIS Number: 2001

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Psychology Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Psychology discipline is to encompass the knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for students to acquire as undergraduates within the context of a liberal arts education while incorporating the broad theoretical and research bases of psychology using a variety of pedagogical models to prepare them for entrance into the workforce or acceptance into graduate or professional schools upon receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Students will reflect upon the importance of diversity and cross-cultural issues in the discipline.

Psychology Major Program Goals

Goal.1 Knowledge Base and Application: Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings, to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena.

Goal.2 Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and an understanding of effective research methods. Students will be able to interpret scientific literature, and apply it to explain behavior and psychological phenomena.

Goal.3 Communication Skills: Students will learn to effectively communicate, demonstrating competence in their written work.

Goal.4 Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world: Students will be able to recognize and apply the ethical standards of the discipline, and consider the impact of sociocultural issues on psychological theory, science and practice.

Psychology Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Outcome 1.1 Describe key concepts, principles and overarching themes in psychology.

Outcome 1.2 Gain a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains (i.e. identify key characteristics of major domains in psychology; compare and contrast psychology’s sub disciplines).

Outcome 1.3 Describe examples of relevant and practical applications of psychological principles to everyday life.

Outcome 2.1 Use scientific reasoning and critical thinking to interpret psychological phenomena.

Outcome 2.2 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research (e.g., being able to explain the importance of research/evidence and different types of research; being able to design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data).

Outcome 2.3 Demonstrate psychological information literacy (e.g., being able to find appropriate scientific sources; navigate databases; read and interpret scientific writing).

Outcome 3.1 Craft clear and concise written communication using psychological concepts and principles.

Outcome 3.2 Employ the standards and conventions of APA writing style in an effective manner.

Outcome 3.3 Communicate quantitative information using statistics, tables and graphs.

Outcome 4.1 Students will apply ethical standards (i.e. APA code of ethics) to evaluate psychological science and practice.


Psychology BA


I. Prerequisites

PSY102Introduction to Psychology* 
MATH111Introduction to Statistics and Probability**,*** 
MATH115Quantitative Methods for Decision Making**,*** 
MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus I**,*** 

II. Foundation Courses

PSY226Statistical Methods in Psychology 
PSY330Foundations of Research Methods in Psychology 
PSY362Physiological Psychology 
PSY430Experimental Psychology 

III: Area Studies

Choose five of these courses 
PSY215Human Development 
PSY232Social Psychology 
PSY234Theories of Personality 
PSY238Abnormal Psychology 
PSY253Industrial and Organizational Psychology 
PSY313Sensation and Perception 
PSY319Human Cognitive Laboratory 
PSY321Psychology of Learning Laboratory 

IV. Electives in Psychology****

Choose 12 additional credits in the PSY discipline. 
A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 300-level or above. 
Credit Totals 
Total Psychology Program credits46 
Total Core Curriculum credits36-42 
Total free elective credits32-38 
Total credits for the BA in Psychology120 


* PSY 102 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: Scientific World requirement.

** MATH 111 or MATH 115 or MATH 120 or MATH 121 may also be taken to fulfill the Required Core: Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

***Students not placed directly into one of the MATH courses may be required to take 4 to 8 credits of MATH prerequisites. These credits will subtract from "free electives" credit total.

****No more than one independent study course (PSY 490) can be counted toward the electives in psychology. Field work in Psychology (PSY 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295) cannot be counted toward the electives in psychology.

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