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The Department of Psychology

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

Majoring in Psychology




The bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) in psychology provides students with a firm grounding in the methods, history, and content areas of the discipline. Graduates are prepared for graduate study leading to advanced degrees in psychology or for paraprofessional positions requiring some application of research or human service delivery skills. The core curriculum covers the research methods used in the scientific study of behavior, and surveys theories, findings, and historical applications in a variety of psychology subfields. All students are expected to complete a faculty-supervised independent research project during the design and methodology courses of the core curriculum, applying their methodology training to a topic of their choice. In addition, the core curriculum requires some exposure to the main areas of the discipline. Students also have the opportunity to focus their study toward either graduate training or paraprofessional employment through their selection of elective courses independent studies, or internships. Students should consult with faculty advisers to select appropriate elective courses to meet their career goals.