May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

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Susan Clayton, Chair
Michael Casey
Nathan Foster
Amber Garcia
Grit Herzmann
Bryan Karazsia
John Neuhoff
Amy Jo Stavnezer


Psychology combines perspectives from both the natural and social sciences to gain an understanding of the processes underlying human and animal behavior by examining influences ranging from the neurological to the sociocultural. The Psychology curriculum prepares students for diverse professional experiences. Over two thirds of its many graduates enter professional programs at either the M.S. or Ph.D. level in psychology or related areas (e.g., education, law, social work, medicine). Other students enter the job market in a variety of settings immediately after graduation (e.g., technology, sales, finance, and social services).

The Psychology major stresses an empirical scientific approach to the broad range of psychological and behavioral issues and problems. As such, the curriculum is intended to expose students to both scientific and applied aspects of the discipline. As part of its facilities, the Department of Psychology maintains a statistical/computer facility and well-equipped animal, developmental, cognition, sensory/perception, and social/personality laboratories. Students also have access to the College’s nursery school for observational studies.

Special Notes

  • Junior Independent Study: The College requirement of a unit of Independent Study in the junior year is satisfied by PSYC 32100  , PSYC 32200  , PSYC 32300  , PSYC 32400  , PSYC 32500  , PSYC 32600  , PSYC 32700  , PSYC 33000   or PSYC 33500   prior to Senior Independent Study.
  • Majors are encouraged to take a two-semester sequence of a laboratory course in either Biology or Chemistry and at least one course in Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Advanced Placement: A student who has received a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in Psychology may receive credit for PSYC 10000  and does not need to take that course as a prerequisite for advanced courses. The advanced placement policy of the College is explained in the section on Admission .
  • A student who has earned a D or F in the same course two times may not repeat that course or count it within the major or minor.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in PSYC 25000  to advance in the major or minor.
  • Majors and minors are not permitted to take any courses within the department for S/NC credit, except for internships.
  • A student must earn a grade of C- or higher for a course to count toward the major or minor, or to count as a prerequisite for any Psychology course.
  • Students must complete two laboratory courses in Psychology before their senior year.
  • A maximum of two courses taken at other institutions may be counted towards the major or minor.

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