Psychology is the multidimensional scientific study of behavior and thought processes. Psychologists study the structure and function of the nervous system; basic processes such as sensation, perception, and cognition; and complex phenomena such as development, individual behavior, group dynamics, personality, and abnormal behavior. The psychology major provides students with a broad background for understanding behavior through exposure to theories and scientific research across a range of these subdisciplines. Students thus acquire the preparation necessary to pursue graduate training in clinical or research psychology or to enhance the pursuit of related professions such as education, social work, medicine, or criminal justice.
A minimum of 41 credits for the major in psychology is required. The credits must include:
21&62:830:101,102 Principles of Psychology (first or sophomore year) (3,3)
21&62:830:301 Statistical Methods for the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (sophomore or junior year) (4)
21&62:830:302 Experimental Methods for the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (sophomore or junior year) (4)
21&62:830:423 History and Modern Viewpoints in Psychology (3)
21&62:830:304 Cognitive Processes (3)
21&62:830:323 Developmental Psychology (3)
21&62:830:335 Social Psychology (3)
21&62:830:484 Physiological Psychology (3)
12 additional elective credits in psychology
A grade-point average of 2.5 or better in the major is required.
For students interested in counseling or social services, a double major with social work provides hands-on opportunities through course work and field experiences. Advising should be obtained from both departments.