Psychology is a science and a profession. Courses in psychology are intended (1) to contribute toward better personal and social adjustment by enhancing students’ understanding of themselves and others; (2) to prepare students for graduate study leading to careers in the field of psychology; (3) to provide a basis for pre-professional study (as in pre-law, pre-medical, and related careers); (4) to provide an understanding of psychological principles, theories and techniques that will result in more effective functioning in various vocational fields, such as business, education, criminal justice and social work; and (5) to contribute to the students’ general cultural enrichment.
The psychology major requires 36 credit hours including:
PY 110 Introduction to Psychology
PY 230 Behavioral Statistics
PY 260 Social Psychology
PY 290 Abnormal Psychology
PY 302 Psychology Research Methods*
PY 305 History and Systems of Psychology
PY 315 Theories of Personality
PY 430 Memory and Cognition
PY 498 Senior Seminar
plus 12 credit hours selected from:
PY 205 Sport Psychology
PY 225 Infancy and Childhood
PY 227 Adolescence and Adulthood
PY 345 Addictive-Compulsive Behavior
PY 420 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PY 450 Neuroscience (Strongly recommended for
students considering graduate school in
*Students who double-major in psychology with a
primary major in Social Work or Criminal Justice
may take SW/PY 301 Research Methods instead of
PY 302 Psychology Research Methods, with approval
of a psychology professor.
Minor in Psychology
The psychology minor consists of Introduction to
Psychology (PY 110) and an additional 15 credit
hours of psychology courses, 6 of which must be at
the 300 level or above.
General Education Requirements
To broaden your understanding of the world, 43
credits of general studies are required. These
courses include arts and humanities (English,
communication, religion, history, and art), natural
sciences, social sciences, mathematics, computer
literacy, and exercise science.
Electives are courses selected from either the
major area or from the general education area to
complete degree requirements.
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