Jan 31, 2023  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major

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Nicole Depowski Lecturer in Psychology
Abigail Riemer Assistant Professor of Psychology
Matthew Scheel Chair of Department of Life Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
Tara Schmidt Senior Lecturer 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 Psychology 101, 307, and at least one capstone course. Capstone courses include Psychology 403, 492, and 480 (for 4 graded credits). While a minimum of one capstone course is required, students can earn psychology credits for one, two, or all three of them. 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. 

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.

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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