Bachelors (BS) in Psychology

This major offers a 50-semester-hour course of study, designed to acquaint students with the field of psychology and the implications of its principles for human behavior. The bachelor of science degree has a greater emphasis on scientific methodology than does the bachelor of arts. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BS in psychology will:

  • Understand the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation
  • Apply critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues
  • Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
  • Reflect on their personal faith and explain how it interacts with the discipline of psychology

Major Requirements

PSYC 150 General Psychology 3
PSYC 220 Biological Psychology 3
PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures 3
PSYC 290 Professional Seminar 1
PSYC 350 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 370 Cognition 3
PSYC 391 Research Methods 3
PSYC 392 Advanced Research Methods 3
PSYC 450 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSYC 490 Senior Seminar 1

Students must choose one course from the following:
PSYC 330 Personality Theories 3
PSYC 331 Positive Psychology 3
PSYC 353 Culture and Psychology 3

Students must choose one course from the following:
PSYC 311 Child Development 3
PSYC 312 Adult Development 3
PSYC 314 Adolescent Development 3

Students must choose one course from the following:
PSYC 381 Counseling 3
PSYC 400 Psychological Testing 3
PSYC 420 Abnormal Psychology 3

Students must choose one courses from the following:
PSYC 320 Neuroscience 3
PSYC 360 Learning 3
PSYC 410 Sensation and Perception 3

Psychology (PSYC) coursework