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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major

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Nicole Depowski Lecturer in Psychology
Jessica Lahner Lecturer of Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Abigail Riemer Assistant Professor
Matthew Scheel Chair of Department of Life Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
Tara Schmidt Senior Lecturer
Joshua Wolf Assistant Professor

Psychology is a life science that focuses upon the physical and mental processes that underlie individual behavior. This definition provides a focus for the objectives of the psychology program at Carroll University. The program numbers among its liberal learning objectives those of enriching students’ understanding of scientific methods and giving students a thorough knowledge of the subject matter central to their better comprehending people.

In addition to its emphasis upon liberal 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, or industrial/organizational 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 Psychology 101, 307, and at least one capstone course. Capstone courses include Psychology 403, 492, and 480 (for 4 graded credits). Students who take one capstone course are eligible to take either (or both) remaining captone courses for psychology credit. In addition to Psychology 101, 307, and a capstone option, complete additional requirements by selecting 28 credits from remaining psychology courses (excluding 398).


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


Forty credits in Psychology. These credits can (but are not required to) complete an area grouping. (Cannot include both PSY 206  and PSY 221 .)

Forty credits are required as a minimum.

Only courses listed as psychology (PSY) courses may be used as core courses for a psychology major or count toward a psychology minor.

Suggested 40 Credit Groupings:

Pre-Physical Therapy 4 Year Plan

Bachelor of Science Requirement

(Animal Behavior and Psychology majors only)

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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