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2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major

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Emily Dillon Assistant Professor of Psychology
Abigail Riemer Assistant Professor of Psychology
Matthew Scheel Associate Professor of Psychology
Tara Schmidt Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kristin Smith Assistant Professor of Psychology
Joshua Wolf Assistant Professor of Psychology

Psychology is a life science that focuses upon the physical and mental processes that underlie individual behavior. The program numbers among its liberal arts learning objectives those of enriching students’ understanding of scientific methods and giving students a thorough knowledge of the subject matter central to their improved understanding of behavior .

In addition to its emphasis upon liberal arts learning, the program strives to offer a major that provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate studies. The program takes great pride in its strong track record of launching psychology majors into academic and professional careers. Academic careers include teaching and research in biological, cognitive, or social psychology; professional careers include serving people in clinical, counseling, allied health, or business settings.

Program Goals for Psychology

  1. Majors will understand psychology as a scientific discipline with regard to its content and research methods.
  2. Majors will demonstrate intellectual skills in thinking, communication, information gathering and synthesis, as well as in quantitative and scientific methodology.
  3. Demonstrate effective written skills.
  4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Psychology major, students will be able to:

  1. Define and describe psychology-related terminology and concepts
  2. Evaluate and generate psychological research
  3. Demonstrate multiple effective communication skills
  4. Work effectively in a team environment

A minimum of 40 graded psychology credits are required for the major. Core courses in the major include PSY 101 , PSY 370 PSY 430 , and PSY 470 . Students complete additional requirements by selecting 28 credits from remaining psychology courses (excluding PSY 398 ).


Specific courses that require use of equipment and disposable supplies including certain types of psychological tests are assigned a course fee.

Additional Coursework (28 Credits)

  • A minimum of 28 additional Psychology (PSY) credits, excluding PSY 398 .
  • Forty credits in Psychology (PSY) are required as a minimum to earn this major. 


  • Students who transfer in Psychology courses that are fewer than 4 credits may need to take additional courses to meet the 40-credit minimum requirement for this major.
  • Students must earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology test to receive credit for PSY101. Scores of 3 earn general elective credit that does not count towards the Psychology major or minor.
  • Only courses listed as psychology (PSY) courses may be used as core courses towards a Psychology major or minor.

Pre-Physical Therapy 4 Year Plan

Bachelor of Science Requirement

Note: Psychology majors must take CMP112 and CMP114.

The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:


Degree requirements cannot be waived.

Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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