May 23, 2024  
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog


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Bachelor of Arts 

The Department of Psychology offers a bachelor of arts degree in general psychology. The curriculum provides a sound foundation in the principles of behavior that will allow students to apply their knowledge in postgraduate occupations or graduate study. Major emphasis is placed upon a thorough development of the critical and analytical tools of contemporary psychology so that students will become adept in formulating meaningful questions about behavior and devising valid strategies for answering those questions. These goals are pursued in a curriculum that includes both applied and research aspects of the discipline in the hope of producing well-rounded, resourceful, and well-informed graduates. Advanced students are encouraged to undertake some form of independent learning experience through seminars, tutorials, independent research, and supervised field placements.

Consistent with the spirit of liberal arts education, the Department of Psychology allows wide latitude in selecting electives within the concentration and leaves extensive opportunity in all students’ curricula for sampling the wealth and variety of course offerings at the College. We invite our students to explore and challenge the riches of knowledge available in courses at the College and to continue that exploration long after their graduations.

Neuroscience Certificate Program

Please refer to the Neuroscience Certificate Program  section of the Catalog for information about an integrated course of study in neuroscience for biology and psychology majors.

Please Note:

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources   section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online. 

Required Courses

The major requires 11 psychology courses for a total of 35 credits, and the distribution of those credits will be according to the following categories.

The following courses are required of all psychology majors:

Plus, at least one course from each of the following areas for a total of six courses:

Understanding Biological Processes

Understanding Developmental Processes

Understanding Social and Cultural Contexts

In addition:

No more than two (2) classes can be taken outside of PSY for PSY Major Elective credit. Psychology majors must elect at least three (3) additional courses numbered at the 300 level or higher from among the additional offerings in the department or from among the courses listed in the categories above. BIO 320 - Developmental Biology BIO 360 - Neurobiology , and EDU 201 Educational Psychology  will also fulfill psychology electives.

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