Bachelor of Science

A college degree in psychology opens the door to one of the most challenging and rewarding professional fields today.  Psychology students learn the necessary skills to assist people in improving their mental health; they also gain knowledge and abilities that are valued in many other fields, such as business and politics. At the bachelor’s level, psychology graduates are sought in fields like mental health casework statistics, probation and corrections, public relations, health education, social work, human resources, recreational therapy, education, and physician assisting among others.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major schools of thought in Psychology.  Measurement will involve an embedded question in the final exam.
  2. Students will be able to explain the APA ethical guidelines for professional psychology.
  3. Students will integrate knowledge of research methods, data collection and interpretation of data.
  4. Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

A – GENERAL EDUCATION CORE – 42 HOURS

Students must fulfill the General Education Core requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and General Education core requirements.

Required

Social and Behavioral Science – 3 hours

Must be outside Psychology.

B – MAJOR REQUIREMENTS – 39 HOURS (30 advanced)

1 – Psychology Core – 21 hours (12 advanced)

  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology
  • PSYC 2102 Orientation Majors for Psychology
  • PSYC 2401 Basic Statistics for Psychologists
  • PSYC 3325 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 3343 Tests and Measurements in Psychology
  • PSYC 3353 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 4363 Systems and Theories in Psychology

2 – Psychology Electives – 18 hours

Choose at least one course from each area (i, ii, iii, and iv):

i – Cognitive Foundations
  • PSYC 3345 Psychology of Learning
  • PSYC 3373 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 4319 Cognitive Processes
  • PSYC 4320 Memory
ii – Theoretical Foundations
  • PSYC 4318 Theories of Learning
  • PSYC 4333 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 4363 Systems and Theories in Psychology
iii – Developmental/Social/Cultural Foundations
  • PSYC 3324 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3332 Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Adolescence
  • PSYC 3333 Psychology of Adulthood: Maturity and Old Age
  • PSYC 3337 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • PSYC 3338 Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 4326 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 4328 Psychological Issues in the Mexican-American Community
iv – Applications
  • PSYC 3340 Stress Management
  • PSYC 3405 Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 4313 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4342 Psychology and Law
  • PSYC 4343 Human Factors

C – ELECTIVES – 13 HOURS (12 advanced)

An additional 13 hours from any department, at least 12 hours of which must be advanced.

D – RESTRICTED ELECTIVES – 8 HOURS

Choose 8 hours from any of the following disciplines: astronomy, biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, geology, physical science and physics.

E – MINOR (or second major) in another program – 18 HOURS (12 advanced)

You must obtain a minor or major from another program, requiring 18 hours, at least 12 hours of which must be advanced.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR GRADUATION – 120 HOURS

TOTAL ADVANCED HOURS – 42 HOURS