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Department Mission Statement
Program Requirements for the B.A. and the B.S.
Outcomes for All Students and then Specific for the B.A. and B.S.
Educational Outcomes to Course Requirements
Introduction, Development, Application, and Assessment of the Major
Course Descriptions and When Courses are Offered

Department Mission Statement

The Department of Psychology, Counseling and Guidance serves the citizens of the region and state by offering instruction, research, and services designed to advance the understanding of behavioral and cognitive processes and to improve the quality of life. The principle function of the department is to prepare students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to pursue careers within the disciplines and affiliated areas. A related purpose is to provide courses for programs in education, nursing, and other disciplines. At the baccalaureate level, the students develop basic skills in scientific research, knowledge of psychological nomenclature and concepts, and are introduced to the diverse applications of psychology. The graduate program prepares students to apply skills in schools, mental health agencies, government, industry, and other settings. Training at the graduate level is designed to prepare qualified, responsible professionals who may provide assessment, consulting, counseling, and other services to the citizenry of the region.

The psychology program of study consists of 60 hours of upper division course. The BA and the BS are differentiated in Area F and selection of electives.
PSYC 2500 Foundations of Psychology
BVE 2400 Computer Technology for the Workplace or CS 1000 Microcomputer Concepts and Applications
PHI 2010 Survey of Philosophy or PHI 2020 Logic and Critical Thinking
Three courses in the same foreign language (9 hrs)

PSYC 2500 Foundations of Psychology
BVE 2400 Computer Technology for the Workplace or CS 1000 Microcomputer Concepts and Application
PHI 2010 Survey of Philosophy or PHI 2020 Logic and Critical Thinking
1 natural science 3 hrs.
1 math 3 hrs.
1 natural science or math 3 hrs.
(all math courses must be 1111 or higher)

PSYC 3500 Statistical Methods in Psychology 3 hrs.
PSYC 3600 Experimental Psychology 3 hrs.
PSYC 3900 Tests and Measurements 3 hrs.

Take 1 - PSYC 3200 (Child); PSYC 3210 (Adolescence); PSYC 3220 (Adulthood)

Take 1 - PSYC 3450 Theories of Personality; PSYC 3400 Abnormal Psychology.

Take 2 PSYC 3110 (Ed Psych); PSYC 3300 Applied Behavior Analysis; PSYC 3700 Rehabilitation Psychology; PSYC 3710 Social Psychology; PSYC 3800 Industrial/Organizational Psychology; PSYC 3850 (Psych and Law)

Take 1 - PSYC 4100 Physiological Psychology; PSYC 4150 Sensation and Perception.

Take 1 - PSYC 4000 Cognitive Psychology; PSYC 4050 Psychology of Learning.

Take 1- PSYC 4900 History of Psychology; PSYC 4950 Senior Seminar; PSYC 4991,2,3 Senior Thesis (need all 3 Senior Thesis classes for credit).

Two of the following 4000 level courses (not taken to fulfill above requirements) PSYC 4000, PSYC 4100, PSYC 4050, PSYC 4150, PSYC 4300, PSYC 4500 (check if acceptable) PSYC 4800, PSYC 4900, PSYC 4950, PSYC 4990

Students, in consultation with their advisor, will take an additional series of courses (including an optional minor) that will further differentiate between the BA and the BS. These electives will also allow for increased skill development that will help the student continue on to a graduate or professional school or get a job in a career not requiring post-bachelor training
Mission -- B.A. and B.S. Psychology Programs
The B.A. and the B.S. Psychology programs introduce students to the liberal arts and to psychology as a scientific discipline, with content and methods to improve the human condition.

Outcomes (Updated 2008)

1. Use the scientific method as a primary basis for engaging in critical thinking and evaluating multiple sources of information.


2. Review empirical studies of psychology, analyze their research findings, and draw appropriate conclusions and inferences in reference to reliability and validity.


3. Design, run, and analyze research studies and write reports using APA style.


4. Articulate controversial and ethical issues in psychology.


5. Identify plausible psychosocial and biological principles that influence behavior and cognition, given a particular context or situation.


6. Use appropriately the technical language of the science of psychology in oral and written communication.


7. Articulate the developmental changes resulting from hereditary and environmental factors.


8. Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives within psychology.


9. Describe the impact of society and culture on human diversity.


10. Examine and evaluate career and educational opportunities available with an undergraduate psychology degree.


11. Use appropriate computer technology to complete relevant assignments.


12. Interact effectively and work productively with others.

Outcomes specific to the B.A.
Students who graduate with a B.A. in psychology, in addition to the above outcomes, will also:
1. have in-depth knowledge about one culture and its heritage
2. have the ability to understand a second language and culture

Outcomes specific to the B.S.
Students who graduage with a B.S. in psychology, in addition to the above outcomes, will also
have more well-developed laboratory research skills
2. have increased proficiency in science and math