All majors will complete the required sequence of courses. Majors are advised to select either the human services emphasis or the substance abuse emphasis, or to pursue a career-related minor or second major.

Core Courses
PSYCHLGY 1130General Psychology3
PSYCHLGY 2230Introduction to Experimental Psychology3
PSYCHLGY 3960Behavioral Research I3
PSYCHLGY 3970Behavioral Research II3
PSYCHLGY 4330History and Systems of Psychology3
MATH 1830Elementary Statistics 13
ENGLISH 3000Technical Writing 13
Elective Category 1: Applied Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Psychology of Women
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Theories of Personality
Psychology and the Law
Elective Category 2: Experimental-Content Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Behavior
Physiological Psychology
Social Psychology
Elective Category 3: Clinical Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Abnormal Psychology
Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment
Substance Abuse II: Intervention and Special Populations
Techniques of Counseling
Electives
Select additional courses from the above elective categories or from the following courses:4
Careers in Counseling and Human Services
Psychology of Personal Adjustment
The Psychology of Human Sexuality
Psychology and Religion
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Cooperative Field Experience 2
Individual Study in Psychology
Advanced Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Social Work Practice with Groups and Families
Total Credits37
1

Does not count toward the 37 credits for the major.

2

Four credits of cooperative field experience may count toward the 37 credits required for the major; up to eight credits may count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.

Departmental Writing Requirements

In addition to the completion of 37 credits in psychology, all psychology majors must also successfully complete the following writing requirements:

  1. Completion of ENGLISH 1130, ENGLISH 1230, and ENGLISH 3000 with a minimum grade of “C-”, or verification of testing out of ENGLISH 1130 by the Department of Humanities (English)
  2. Completion of Technical Writing (ENGLISH 3000) is required
  3. Satisfactory completion of papers in those courses in which papers are required, which are evaluated for ability to communicate in written form as well as knowledge of psychological concepts
  4. Students must successfully complete six credits of writing intensive courses. Behavioral Research I and II are designated as writing intensive courses

Course Grade and Prerequisite Requirements

  1. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in all psychology courses that contribute to the 37 credit requirement for a psychology major.
  2. A grade of “C-” or better is required in PSYCHLGY 1130 in order to enroll in PSYCHLGY 2230.
  3. A grade of “C-” or better is required in PSYCHLGY 2230 in order to enroll in PSYCHLGY 3960 and PSYCHLGY 3970.
  4. Elementary Statistics (MATH 1830) must be successfully completed (“D” or better) before taking Behavioral Research I (PSYCHLGY 3960).

Psychology Emphases

Emphases within the major: Completion of an emphasis, a career-related minor or a second major is strongly recommended.

Aging Studies Emphasis

This combination of courses will increase students' understanding of the biopsychosocial aspects of aging and will better prepare students for working with the aging population.

Required Courses
PSYCHLGY 2930Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
PSYCHLGY 3000Cognitive Psychology3
PSYCHLGY 3990Psychology of Adulthood and Aging3
PSYCHLGY 4660Cooperative Field Experience3
PSYCHLGY 4930Techniques of Counseling3

Human Services Emphasis

This includes appropriate selection of electives from the elective categories of the psychology major.  The coursework in this emphasis is recommended by the Psychology Department to students interested in pursuing a career in the human service professions.

Required Courses
PSYCHLGY 4430Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCHLGY/CRIMLJUS 4840Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment3
PSYCHLGY 4930Techniques of Counseling3
PSYCHLGY 4940Advanced Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy3
or PSYCHLGY 4950 Social Work Practice with Groups and Families
PSYCHLGY 4660Cooperative Field Experience3
Six credits in applied coursework6

Please see your advisor for details.

Substance Abuse Counseling Emphasis

The coursework in this emphasis is recommended by the Psychology Department to students interested in pursuing a career in substance abuse counseling.

Required Courses
PSYCHLGY 3430Physiological Psychology3
PSYCHLGY 4430Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCHLGY 4660Cooperative Field Experience3
PSYCHLGY/CRIMLJUS 4840Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment3
PSYCHLGY/CRIMLJUS 4850Substance Abuse II: Intervention and Special Populations3
PSYCHLGY 4930Techniques of Counseling3
PSYCHLGY 4940Advanced Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy3
Electives
Select 6 credits of electives 16
1

Please see your advisor for details.