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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
  • Want to succeed in the classroom?  Download our Classroom Expectations handout.
  • Our Guide to Psychology has everything you need to know about our requirements and opportunities.


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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.

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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 350 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 350 is the prerequisite for PSY 450 and PSY 450 is the prerequisite for PSY 472 Senior Seminar. Therefore, students should take PSY 350 no later than their junior year and, if possible, in their sophomore year.

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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.

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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.

The Hulicka Scholars program is designed to prepare high-achieving students for the Honors Degree.



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