Degrees and Requirements

Pyschology

To complete a minor in psychology, a student must take a minimum of 16 credits. Two academic years are estimated for psychology minor completion with respect to fall/spring course rotation and prerequisites. All coursework must be completed within the student's graduation timeline. NOTE: This minor is not available to students majoring in human service.

In addition to the two required courses shown below, students must select three psychology electives, at least one of which must be upper division (3000 level or above). Successful completion of MATH1040, Probability and Statistics, is a prerequisite for students completing this minor.

Summary of Requirements

Required courses:

  • PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This survey course introduces students to several critical areas of psychology. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the scientific method, its application to psychology, and the insights gained from scientific research. The interactions among biological processes, cognitive and emotional responses, sociocultural forces, and behavior are examined. Included are such diverse topics as: health, stress, and coping; consciousness, sleep and dreams; effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and health; psychological disorders; social psychology; types of learning and behavior management, information processing approaches including memory, encoding and retrieval; and the relationship of the nervous system to thought, feelings, and behaviors.|

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  • PSYC3011
    RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC3011
    RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the major experimental designs and methods of scientific psychology. The nature of psychology as a science, types of and evaluation of research design and conclusions, conducting of research, preparation of research papers and ethics in research in psychology are covered.|

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    PSYC1021 & PSYC3070 or CRIM2011 & MATH1040 or CRIM2012

  • PSYC3070
    CRITICAL SKILLS FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS |

    PSYC3070
    CRITICAL SKILLS FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This one credit course addresses several skill areas of importance to upper level students: their required capstone classes (finding references, writing with APA, reading primary research); career planning (job searches, graduate school planning), advanced study/reading skills with emphasis on primary research. |

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