College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Department of Psychological Sciences

Psychology, 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 Psychology 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. 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. Careers that are available for students with a bachelor's degree in psychology are varied, and include human resource professional, case manager, early childhood behavioral specialist, occupational therapy assistant, administrative assistant, science technician, and many others. Students successfully completing this degree should be prepared to enter the workforce after graduation, and those that engage in undergraduate research should also be competitive for graduate studies in applied mental health professions such as clinical mental health counseling or social work, and in other related graduate programs.
This degree 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 (e.g., developmental, social, personality, cognitive, behavioral neuroscience, clinical), and research method skills in order to become a critical evaluator of scientific knowledge of human behavior. In addition students will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills (e.g., read with comprehension and identify major points, write in a particular style, work as a productive member of a team) that will provide further preparation for workforce entry or continued education at the graduate level. Both Psychology and Psychological Science 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. However, Psychology majors are not required to complete additional training in research, as are Psychological Science majors. Instead, Psychology majors have the flexibility to complete a minor, certificate, or foreign language so that they may personally tailor their degree to fit their future educational and career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes  (See Detailed Student Learning Outcomes)
  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, as well as the ability to design and conduct and/or be an effective consumer of basic psychological research. 
  3. Develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse landscape.
  4. Demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate student readiness for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school.
  6. Environmental Sustainability: Understand and apply psychological principles to environmental sustainability issues.
  7. Diversity Education: Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of psychosocial and cultural diversity and incorporate this awareness into the understanding of psychological phenomena, application of psychological sciences, and the process of scientific inquiry.

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