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Psychology (PY)
Bachelor of Science
Jaime Cloud, Heather J. Meggers-Wright, G. Shane Pitts, Richard Rector,
Lynne S. Trench
The purpose of a major in psychology is to provide a background of
knowledge for students going on to graduate work in psychology, as well
as for those students going into a variety of professions that require an
understanding of the principles of human behavior.
Upon completion of the psychology major, students will be able to
demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical
perspectives, and empirical findings of psychology,
understand and apply basic research methods in psychology,
including research designs, data analysis, and interpretation,
respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and,
when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to
behavior and mental processes,
demonstrate information competence and the ability to use
computers and other technology for many purposes,
communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
Major Requirements
The following courses are required (11 units):
PY 101
PY 204 and 304
PY 312
one unit in area one: PY 303 or 324
one unit in area two: PY 311, 313, 316, or 330
one unit in area three: PY 407 or 408
one senior seminar unit in area four: PY 417 or 450
three additional units in PY
Majors should take PY 204 and 304 consecutively and as early as
possible, preferably by the end of the sophomore year. Elective units may
include additional courses from the four areas above.
All majors will complete the achievement test in psychology as part of
the senior seminar.
Minor Requirements
The following courses are required (5 units):
PY 101
four elective units in PY