What You'll Learn

  • The effects of genetic, biological, social, cultural, and environmental influences on behavior, learning, intelligence, cognition, stress and coping, and personality
  • Statistical methods necessary to understand and perform research in psychology
  • The history of psychology and how contemporary theories express that history
  • Experimental methods used in psychological research and how to write research papers
  • Psychological theories and evidence about subjects such as learning, perception, life-span development and aging, social behavior, industrial-organizational psychology, and normal and abnormal psychology
  • Critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems
  • Download department assessment document
  • For students entering the major prior to Fall 2015, download the Guide to Psychology
  • For students entering the major in Fall 2015 or later, download the Guide to Psychology


B.A. in Psychology

The B.A. program in psychology offers a broad background in psychology, including statistics, experimental methods, and history and systems. Students take courses in biological and cognitive psychology, social and developmental psychology, and clinical and applied psychology.

Please note: The major has been revised effective fall 2015.

Psychology, BA (Current)

Psychology, BA (Prior to fall 2015, page 114)

Areas of study include learning, perception, cognition, animal behavior, life-span development and aging, social processes, industrial-organizational psychology, personality, and normal and abnormal behavior.

All students must earn a C in PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology in order to take additional courses in the department. In addition, students must earn a C in PSY 306 Psychological Statistics in order to enroll in PSY 450 Research Methods.

All majors and prospective majors should be aware that the program requires a three-course sequence: PSY 306 is the prerequisite for PSY 450 and PSY 450 is the prerequisite for PSY 472 Senior Seminar. Therefore, students should take PSY 306 no later than their junior year and, if possible, in their sophomore year.

B.S. in Psychology

The B.S. program in psychology is designed for students who have well-defined, specialized career interests in specific areas.

This program has more required courses than the B.A. program, and students must formally apply to and be accepted to the B.S. program. B.S. students choose one of six specializations: aging, biological psychology, clinical psychology, environmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or infancy.

Students wishing to pursue the B.S. program must be enrolled in the B.A. program and have completed the first course in the program beyond PSY 101 with a grade of B or better.  Interested students should speak with their advisors for more information.

Honors Degree

Both the B.A. and B.S. honors programs are for students who have demonstrated high standards of achievement. Honors students complete a comprehensive original research project.




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