The mission of the Department of Psychology is to prepare students to critically apply the science of psychology to understand themselves and others in a diverse and dynamic world.
The Psychology Program strives to provide its students with a thorough foundation in the methodology of contemporary psychology. Students successfully completing the program are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science and are prepared both for graduate study in psychology and related fields, and for career opportunities in psychology and other areas at the bachelor’s degree level. The Program offers three tracks-Psychological Science, for students pursuing graduate school or careers applying their degree; Psychology Premedical, for students pursuing medical school or graduate training in health fields, or careers in related areas at the bachelor’s level; Neuroscience for students pursuing graduate training in neuroscience, medical school or other professional health programs, or careers in related areas at the bachelor’s level.
In addition to satisfying the goals of the core curriculum, the programs of study in psychology are designed to:
- prepare students majoring in psychology or neuroscience for either professional employment or further graduate training; and
- offer courses to students from other disciplines whose curriculum requires them to take courses in psychology.
Students majoring in psychology or neuroscience are offered a well-balanced program that has a central core, plus a sufficient degree of flexibility to allow them to explore their interests and to enter a variety of graduate programs and careers at a competitive level. The rigorous preparation of students majoring in psychology is consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Model Curriculum and with the overall University philosophy of academic excellence. The major in psychology consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours of psychology coursework (33 hours for Psychology Premedical students) with a “C” or better in each course. The major in Neuroscience consists of a minimum of 27 hours of major courses, along with 24 hours of Biology and Chemistry (12 hours in each). A grade of “C” or better is required in all major courses.
It is suggested that Psychological Science and Psychology Premedical majors take the subject (psychology) portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) during the semester BEFORE the one in which they expect to graduate. Psychological Science and Psychology Premedical majors who score better than 560 on the advanced GRE are exempt from taking the Departmental Senior Comprehensives, which consist of intensive examinations across all subject areas in psychology.
Students are expected to acquire and exhibit the following academic and professional characteristics:
- Mastery of subject matter across the field of psychology and/or neuroscience,
- Competence in written and oral communication skills,
- Research design and quantitative reasoning skills,
- Proficiency in critical thinking about mental and behavioral processes, and
- Poise, self-confidence, and a commitment to ethics in science.