Arts & Sciences Psychology

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Joanna Seley and Marybeth Helmink
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COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Psychology

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Joanna Seley and Marybeth Helmink


Chair: Rick Bevins, 238 Burnett Hall

Associate Chairs: David DiLillo and Eve Brank, 238 Burnett Hall

Professors: Belli, Bevins, Bornstein, Crockett, DiLillo, Garbin, Hansen, Hope, Leger, Molfese, Scalora, Spaulding, Tomkins, Wiener

Associate Professors: Brank, Dodd, Gervais, Li, McChargue, Nelson, Schutte, Stoltenberg, Willis-Esqueda

Assistant Professors: Brock, Johnson, Neta, Stevens

Assistant Professor of Practice: Williamson

The undergraduate degree program in psychology is designed to provide you with educational and research experiences that can prepare you for graduate or professional school in academic psychology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and law—to name a few. The bachelors degree program in psychology can also prepare you for diverse careers in applied fields such as counseling, business, and health and human services. If you plan to major in psychology, we recommend that you meet with our advisors as early as possible to plan a program of study consistent with your interests and goals.

Graduate Work. Graduate programs leading to the doctor of philosophy degree in psychology are offered. A detailed description of these courses appears in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.


Specific Major Requirements

Core Requirements21

PSYC 100 Career Planning for Psychology Majors1

PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology4

PSYC 263 Introduction to Cognitive Processes3

PSYC 273 Brain & Behavior3

PSYC 288 The Psychology of Social Behavior3

PSYC 289 Developmental Psychology3

PSYC 350 Research Methods & Data Analysis4

Advanced Psychology Courses15

15 additional credit hours in PSYC courses at the 300 level or above, including at least 9 credit hours at the 400 level or above (excluding PSYC 350, PSYC 396, PSYC 399H, PSYC 496, PSYC 497, PSYC 499).

Total credit hours:36

NOTE: Students are strongly advised to complete Core Requirements before the Advanced Psychology Courses.

Program Assessment. To assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, the following learning outcomes will be regularly assessed:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main content areas of psychology, including cognitive, developmental, neuroscience and social.

2. Understand the most common research designs and demonstrate ability to locate, understand, and evaluate a published research report.

3. Generate a research report including the methodology and data analysis used to test an empirical hypothesis.


Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

Excluding PSYC 100, up to 3 hours of Pass/No Pass credit may be taken in major requirements.


Plan A (1 minor):

  • PSYC 181
  • 14 credit hours at the 200 level or above, including at least 9 credit hours at the 300 level or above.

Minimum: 18 credit hours

Plan B (2 minors):

  • PSYC 181
  • Plus three other courses at the 200 level or above.

Minimum: 12 credit hours.

No more than 3 hours from the following courses can count toward the minor: PSYC 296, PSYC 297, PSYC 299, PSYC 396, PSYC 496, PSYC 497, PSYC 499. Students minoring in this department may take up to 3 hours Pass/No Pass.