College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2022-2023
Department of Psychological Sciences
Psychological Sciences, Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychological Sciences provides students with opportunities for focused study in this quintessential behavioral science and builds critical thinking skills necessary for evaluating scientific research within this discipline. This degree has proven useful for careers in psychology and in many other areas including law, writing, journalism, government, education, business, entertainment and the arts.
The BS in Psychological Sciences helps students learn about human behavior from several perspectives in the psychological sciences, the ability to apply and synthesize that knowledge within specific psychological domains, and research method skills in order to become critical evaluators of knowledge of human behavior.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences?
If you find yourself fascinated about why we think, feel, and behave the way we do, consider pursuing a degree in psychological sciences. Psychologists take a scientific approach to studying behavior and mental processes, researching the ways in which life experiences, environment, culture, and biology all work together to shape the mind and brain. Our psychological sciences major can explore a wide range of topics such as compassion, creativity, health, development, interpersonal relationships, psychological disorders and treatments, cognition, neuroscience, and sexuality, and critically evaluate the research that professional psychologists use. Majors may also have the opportunity to complete undergraduate research, an internship and/or fieldwork during their coursework.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Case worker, program manager, child protection worker, counselor aide, group home coordinator, social service director
- Community relations officer, affirmative action officer, college admissions recruiter, hospital patient service representative, human resources professional
- Administrative assistant, job analyst, public relations, sales representative, customer relations, staff training and development
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
- At least 37 units of major requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences provides students with opportunities for focused study that builds critical thinking skills necessary for evaluating scientific research within this discipline. The ability to engage in critical analyses of psychological ideas and scientific evidence constitutes a valuable personal asset and is a key to success in many professions.
Completion of this degree helps students understand human behavior from several perspectives in psychological science, develop their ability to apply and synthesize that knowledge in specific psychological domains (e.g., developmental, social, personality, cognitive, behavioral neuroscience, clinical), and learn the fundamentals of psychological research methods in order to be a critical evaluator of scientific knowledge of human behavior. You will learn important skills such as problem identification and application of research findings, critical thinking skills, and communication skills (writing, visual, verbal).
Careers that are available for students with a BS in Psychological Sciences are varied and include early childhood behavioral specialist, occupational therapy assistant, administrative assistant, science technician, case manager, and many others. The BS in Psychological Sciences degree is also valuable for students interested in pursuing a masters’ degree in applied mental health professions such as clinical mental health counseling or social work, and in other related graduate programs. Students interested in pursuing a PhD in psychology or related field can strengthen their education by taking advanced research methods (PSY 304W), and undergraduate research with a faculty mentor (PSY 279, PSY 485, PSY 486C).
Student Learning Outcomes (See Detailed Student Learning Outcomes)
- Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology and be able to apply this knowledge.
- Demonstrate the ability to use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, and be an effective consumer of basic psychological research.
- Develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse landscape.
- Demonstrate competence in writing and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrate readiness for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of psychological principles to environmental sustainability issues.
- Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of psychosocial and cultural diversity. Demonstrate this understanding by applying theories of cultural diversity to psychological phenomena.
The major requires 37-38 units distributed as follows:
- Psychological Sciences Course Requirements: 37-38 units
Take the following 37 - 38 units, with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
- PSY 101, PSY 202, PSY 230, PSY 290 (10 units)
- Select three from: PSY 215, PSY 227, PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 255, PSY 260, PSY 277, PSY 280) (9 units)
- Select four upper-division PSY courses (12 units). These could include up to 6 units of applied and internship classes (e.g., PSY 408C, PSY 485, PSY 486C
- Select one additional capstone course: PSY 404C, PSY 408C, PSY 486C, PSY 487C, PSY 490C.(3 units)
- PSY 303W, PSY 304W or any Junior-Level Writing Course (3-4 units)
- Please note that of the 37 units required for this major, 15 units must be upper-division courses. You may not use the same course to satisfy more than one degree requirement.
- In addition, at least 15 of the 37 units required for this major must be from courses offered by Northern Arizona University.
You may not pursue a Psychology Minor in conjunction with this degree.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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