The scientific study of understanding people, with all of their complex behaviors and mental processes, the discipline of psychology examines behavior that is evil at one extreme and altruistic at the other, attempting to explain both the serial killer and the saint. What environmental, genetic, and epigenetic factors decide which direction a baby will someday go? At the same time, those who study psychology ask how it can be used to solve human problems, both on an individual level ("know thyself") and on a global level.
Students who study psychology are well prepared for a wide range of careers. Graduates may run a group home, work for an organization that supervises individuals with emotional disabilities, or pursue careers in human resources or employment counseling. The degree also provides excellent preparation for many other professions. Many find jobs in public affairs, administrative support, business, sales, and service industries.
Psychology majors are required to complete, with a grade of "C" or better, the following courses:
Psychology majors must also complete MATH 105, MATH 108, or MATH 110 with a grade of “C” or better and fulfill the social science core requirement by taking one course in sociology, one in economics, and one in political science/anthropology.
For psychology pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy majors
Psychology majors in the interdisciplinary pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy programs must complete at least 78 hours of courses, including the following:
Note that the Natural Science core is fulfilled by this program's requirements.
Students pursuing graduate school should take the following classes: PSYC 220 (Personality), PSYC 300 (Abnormal Psychology), and PSYC 391 (Topics: Tests and Measurement).
A minor in psychology consists of a program of courses totaling at least 21 hours with a grade of "C" or better, submitted to and approved by the department chair, that includes at least 12 hours at the 200 level or above, of which at least three hours must be at the 300-level. PSYC 150, PSYC 251, and PSYC 351 may not be included for the minor.