Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology Program (BS)

Psychology Department information  

The Program in Applied Psychology is designed to provide intensive pre-professional training to prepare the student for direct application of principles and practices of psychology to community problems or for graduate education in human service areas of psychology or other applied disciplines. The program offers a balance between theoretical/empirical and practical skills.

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General Psychology

Psychology General Program (BA)

Psychology Department information  

The General Program in Psychology is designed for the student who is preparing for advanced study in professional psychology or a related field, as well as for the student with a general interest in human behavior.

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Research Psychology

Research Psychology Program (BS)

Psychology Department information 

The Bachelor of Science Program in Research Psychology is designed for students who are preparing for doctoral level study or professional medical education.  The curriculum is intended to develop in students the general skills and knowledge of psychology principles expected in research-oriented graduate programs.  The general track prepares students for study in areas such as animal behavior, biological psychology, clinical psychology, cognition, developmental psychology, learning, social psychology, personality, and other areas emphasizing empirical research.  The pre-medical track is tailored to serve students interested in attending medical school.

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Psychology Honors

Psychology Honors Program (BA or BS)

Psychology Department information  


A. Psychology

All requirements of any Psychology program, including the Psychology General Program (BA), the program in Research Psychology Program (BS), and the Applied Psychology Program (BS).

B. Honors

All requirements of the University Honors Program , including:

  • HON 155 - Great Books I (5)
  • HON 156 - Great Books II (5)
  • HON 251 - Great Ideas I (3)
  • HON 252 - Great Ideas II: The Impact of Technology on Society, An Historical Perspective (3)
  • HON 393 - Independent Study and Research Methods (1-3).
  • HON 498 - Senior Honors Seminar (3)

  • One from:

  • PSY 494 - Off Campus Study Preparation (1-3).
  • HON 494 - Off-Campus Study Preparation (1-3). (1 credit)

  • Optional, one from:

  • PSY 495 - Honors Thesis I (4).
  • HON 495 - Honors Thesis I (Off-Campus Study) (4). (Optional)

  • One from:

  • PSY 496 - Honors Thesis II (4).
  • HON 496 - Honors Thesis II (Senior Honors Project) (4).


Prospective Honors Program students are urged to acquaint themselves as early as possible with the requirements above as well as with the particular procedures for acceptance into the Psychology Department’s Honors Program. See the departmental honors advisor, or the Honors Program Director for this information.

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits (BA), 124 credits (BS)

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Social Sciences Joint Program

Social Sciences Joint Program (BA)

Faculty Advisors: Advisors in the department of major emphasis


At least 42 credits in the social sciences as follows:

A. Discipline of Emphasis

At least 21 credits in one discipline from:

Psychology (22 credits)

  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)
  • PSY 200 - General Experimental Psychology (4)
  • PSY 300 - Preparing for Careers in Psychology (3).

  • Four from:

  • PSY 309 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSY 315 - Survey of Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 316 - Biological Psychology (3)
  • PSY 317 - Cognitive Psychology (3)

Geography (21-22 credits)

  • ESS 285 - Environmental Hazards and Natural Disasters (3)
  • ESS 312 - Resource Planning and Management (3).
  • URP 111 - Introduction to Urban Geography and Planning (3)
  • URP 115 - World Regional Geography (3)
  • URP 116 - Human Geography (3)
  • URP 216 - Geography for Educators (3)

  • One from:

  • GEO 271 - Introduction to Geospatial Technology and its Applications (3).
  • GEO 452 - Geographic Information Systems I (4).

Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science or Sociology (21 credits)

At least 21 credits in one of these areas of emphasis

B. Secondary Disciplines

Additional courses in two additional disciplines from those listed above, with a minimum of nine credits in each, to complete a total of at least 42 credits.

C. Capstone (3 credits)

One from:

  • SST 301 - Social Studies Capstone Seminar (3)
  • A capstone course in the discipline of emphasis

D. Additional Requirements

  • A grade point average of 2.0 or better within the concentration, based on the 42 required credits in social sciences.
  • All requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Bachelor of Arts degree, including General Education requirements and additional BA distribution requirements.


Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits

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Psychology Minor and Teacher's Certificate

The Psychology Minor Program and the Teacher's Certificate Minor in Psychology Program are currently being revised to allow for greater flexibility in course selection. Please meet with a Psychology Faculty Advisor to learn more about this process. More more information, please click here to view the current (yet to be revised)  Psychology Minor Program and Teacher's Certificate Minor in Psychology Program requirements.