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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

The psychology major provides all students an opportunity to investigate the science of behavioral and mental processes. Many of the courses stress a theoretical orientation while others will stress application in life situations. 

The major integrates undergraduate education, teaching, research, and service activities to further the overall mission of the university in the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all.

BCU undergraduate psychology majors typically follow one of three tracks: prepping for graduate school; pursuing a specific, psychology related job following graduation; or obtaining a bachelor's degree and entering the general workforce.

There are exciting internships available, offering you valuable experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom, including local school districts, hospitals, non-profit organizations and many more.

Students graduating with a B.A. in psychology have been hired for entry-level positions as counselors, admissions representatives, youth workers, adolescent care technicians, early childhood specialists, group home counselors and probation officers — just to name a few. Several others have been accepted into graduate schools to pursue advanced degrees in the field of psychology. 

 

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Core Psychology Courses

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to fundamental psychological concepts which are derived from applying the scientific method to the study of behavior. Examples of selected topics include: personality development, abnormal behavior and therapy, physiology, motivation and emotions, human development, learning and memory, and social behavior. This course emphasizes theories and theorists as well as relevant applications to everyday living. An introduction to APA style of writing is included. Read more »

PSYC 295 - Experimental Psychology

Emphasizes the study of experimental methodology, research design, and analysis of research data using SPSS. The laboratory sessions provide practical experience in conducting research and learning to communicate research results. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 and MATH 200. (Instructor permission required) Read more »

PSYC 460 - History and Systems

This course studies the historical contributions of modern psychology. The focus is on the philosophical and biological roots of current theoretical and empirical systems. Consideration is given to the major schools of thought in psychology and their influence on contemporary work in the field. Special emphasis is given to key influential persons who contributed to the early development of the distinct field of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 110. (Instructor permission required) Read more »

PSYC 465 - Senior Seminar

A capstone research experience where the student will select a research idea, conduct a literature review on the topic, propose a study, conduct the study, and then present data in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, PSYC 295 Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

Psychology majors are required to take two courses from the following:

  • PSYC 352
  • PSYC 365
  • PSYC 400
  • PSYC 415

Two additonal courses from the following

  • PSYC 320
  • PSYC 325
  • PSYC 360
  • PSYC 380
  • PSYC 405
  • PSYC 455

Two courses from the following:

  • PSYC 280
  • PSYC 350
  • PSYC 351
  • PSYC 355

And one course from the following:

  • PSYC 102
  • PSYC 205
  • PSYC 310.

Students must then take four additional elective courses from all remaining 3-credit psychology courses.

An internship (PSYC 390/490) is strongly encouraged as an elective.

Students may not count more than one D/D+ toward their major or minor course work.

The department currently accepts only PSYC 110, 280 and 360 for transfer credit.