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Our psychology program builds a broad foundation in the major areas of the discipline. Courses emphasize fundamental findings, theory and research methods but examine applications as well. You may select from advanced courses that cover areas such as personality, neuropsychology, abnormal psychology, learning and memory, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social cognition and counseling.

Major requirements for Psychology:
38 hours.
Minor requirements for Psychology:
16 hours, including at least one course with a methodology component.

A Natural Sciences major is an option if you do not want to commit to a single field of science. This major is available only by request at the end of the sophomore year and must be approved by the department chair. You must complete at least 18 hours in one of the sponsoring departments (athletic training, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and psychology); 18 hours must be upper-level from the departments listed.

The psychology department administers two certificate programs. If youare seriously considering graduate school, you might also want to think about earning a Neuroscience Certificate (18–19 credit hours). Neuroscience is currently an extremely active area in psychology and biology. The Clinical and Counseling Studies Certificate (16–17 credit hours) canhelp to prepare you for graduate work in areas such as clinical and counseling psychology, school psychology or pastoral counseling. Electives are based on your personal interest—for example, working with children and youth. You will also do a practicum in collaboration with a local service agency such as Prairie View Mental Health Center or ResCare Developmental Services.

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