About the Program
We offer a STEM-designated bachelor of science degree designed to help you develop critical thinking abilities, understand evidence-based research practices, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and hone skills specific to your area of interest. Classes are taught by faculty with expertise in developmental, multicultural, social, environmental, quantitative, and counseling psychology. And you’ll have access to the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Laboratory in the Meldrum Science Center.
What You'll Learn
- Understand how individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others.
- Examine the differences between normal and abnormal behavior, and the complex nature of psychopathology.
- Study how people change psychologically throughout their lives from social, cognitive, and neuroscientific perspectives.
- Practice lab and field-based research methods and use them to generate theories of social behavior.
- Explore the impact of diverse cultural contexts, internal and external influences, and issues surrounding mental health and health care systems.
Plan of Study
Throughout the program, you’ll study the foundations of scientific investigation, clinical and counseling psychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, and social psychology. You’ll start by taking introductory level courses in Personality Theories, Brain and Behavior, and Thinking and Writing for Psychology. As you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses ranging from Social Justice and Mental Health to Abnormal Psychology, while participating in undergraduate research in the area most interesting to you.
You’ll learn how people are influenced by their physical surroundings, both in natural and built environments. You’ll think about how urban design and architecture influence behavior; why some people are more environmentally proactive than others; and how personal space, crowding, and privacy concerns influence our personal interactions.
Psychology of Game Design
Everyone plays games, but how do we capture the imagination of gamers? In this class, you’ll explore concepts of game design through a psychological lens, ultimately creating a game of your own.