Psychology (BA)


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It differs from other fields that are concerned with the human condition in that it uses the scientific method. Psychologists attempt to understand the workings of individuals, animals and groups. Psychologists work in a variety of settings including universities and colleges, clinics and hospitals, business and industry, government agencies, law enforcement and the military. Psychology can be an academic or research discipline or an applied science.

The Department of Psychology offers three majors in three areas: Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. All Psychology students are required to take a common core of courses in the foundations of psychology. The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology is for students who intend to pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least a master's degree for entry-level employment. This major is designed to provide a strong foundation for graduate study.

Students may also be interested in the psychology minor. The Psychology minor program is designed to give students broad exposure to psychology as a scientific and professional discipline. This program is relevant to students pursuing academic majors that involve working with people, ideas and/or social and communications systems including (but not limited to) nursing, biology, business, communication studies, English, engineering, law, philosophy, political science, religious studies and social work.

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    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (120 credits)

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, any course prerequisites, the requirements for the 36-credit program major and complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major (36 credits)

    Foundation Psychology Courses for all Psychology majors (18 credits)

    • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods I (3 credits)
    • PYC 2020 Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2600 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

    ONE course in the Social or the Industrial/Organizational area (3 credits)

    • PYC 2620 Introduction to Leadership: Exploring Yourself, Your Profession and Your Community (3 credits)
    • PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment (3 credits)
    • PYC 3500 Psychology of Religion (3 credits)
    • PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles (3 credits)
    • PYC 3700 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization (3 credits)
    • PYC 4890 Group Dynamics (3 credits)

    ONE course in the Clinical area (3 credits)

    • PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality (3 credits)
    • PYC 3430 Health Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4200 Psychological Testing and Measurement (3 credits)

    ONE course in the Developmental area (3 credits)

    • PYC 2550 Child Development: Infancy through Adolescence (3 credits)
    • PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging (3 credits)
    • PYC 2750 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
    • PYC 3400 Family Development and Parenting (3 credits)
    • PYC 4510 Psychology of Death and Dying (3 credits)

    ONE Basic Processes + Lab sequence (6 credits)

    • PYC 3070 Biopsychology (3 credits) AND PYC 3080 Biopsychology Laboratory (3 credits)
    • PYC 3090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes (3 credits) AND PYC 3100 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes Laboratory (3 credits)
    • PYC 3140 Learning and Behavior (3 credits) AND PYC 3150 Learning and Behavior Laboratory (3 credits)

    Psychology Capstone - Choose One (3 credits)

    • PYC 4120 History and Systems (3 credits)
    • PYC 4620 Leadership Capstone (3 credits)
    • PYC 4730 Basic Practicum (3 credits)
    • PYC 4950 Special Projects (3 credits)
    • PYC 4990 Advanced Issues in Psychology (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Linda Slowik, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Department Chair
Department of Psychology
Reno Hall, Room 244
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1623
Fax: 313-578-0507