College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Department of Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences, Bachelor of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2022

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychological Sciences enables students to develop an understanding of and knowledge about human behavior from several perspectives in psychological science, the ability to apply and synthesize that knowledge within specific psychological domains, and the research methods skills necessary to become critical evaluators and producers of knowledge of human behavior. The BS in Psychological Sciences is distinct from the BS in Psychology because it provides students with the opportunity for focused study in behavioral science through four emphases and one certificate program, and trains students in the more advanced research skills necessary for scientific inquiry within this discipline and for entry into a Ph.D. program in Psychology, if a student chooses to continue in an academic track. Psychological Sciences majors complete a core sequence of courses including introductory psychology, a set of lower division breadth courses, introduction to statistics, research methods in psychology, a set of upper division depth courses, and a capstone course.  Psychological Sciences majors also receive additional research training through completion of an advanced research methods course and a minimum of 6 units of research experience. Additionally, Psychological Science majors have the opportunity for in depth study in a specific area of psychology through completion of a certificate in human resource management, or an emphasis in social/personality, neuroscience, clinical/health, or developmental psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes 

The degree program in Psychological Sciences has four distinct emphasis areas and one certificate program. Students completing an emphasis or certificate will work closely with an advisor.  Students will work with faculty to tailor their intensive, hands-on research or internship experiences to their specific interests. 
Students in the learning emphasis areas will have had the opportunity to:
 
Social/Personality Psychology
Students will complete advanced coursework and engage in research that facilitates investigation of how individuals affect and are affected by other people and by their social and physical environments. Graduating students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex problems in the area of social/personality psychology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking and research skills through completion of a research placement in the area of social/personality psychology.
  • Produce a research study or other psychological project related to social/personality psychology that meets writing standards of the profession, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. 

Neuroscience
Students will complete advanced coursework and engage in research at the intersection of neuroscience and psychology, including the relationships between brain and human cognition, emotion, and behavior. Graduating students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex problems in neuroscience.
  • Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking and research skills through completion of a research placement in the area of neuroscience.
  • Produce a research study or other psychological project related to neuroscience that meets writing standards of the profession, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. 

Clinical/Health Psychology
Students will complete advanced coursework and engage in research that applies scientific knowledge of the interrelationships among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social and biological components in health and disease to the understanding, promotion and maintenance of health. Graduating students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex problems in clinical/health psychology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking and research skills through completion of a research placement in the area of clinical/health psychology.
  • Produce a research study or other psychological project related to clinical/health psychology that meets writing standards of the profession, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience.

Developmental Psychology
Students will complete advanced coursework and engage in research on human growth and lifespan changes, including the intersection of physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality and emotional changes across time and context. Graduating students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex problems in developmental psychology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking and research skills through completion of a research placement in the area of developmental psychology.
  • Produce a research study or other psychological project related to developmental psychology that meets writing standards of the profession, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience.

Human Resource Management Certificate
Students will complete advanced coursework from both the business and psychological sciences departments and an internship in order to prepare them for a career in human resources or the area of industrial-organizational psychology. Graduating students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex problems in human resources.
  • Demonstrate mastery of core tenets of human resources management and industrial-organizational psychology through completion of an internship.

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