The BS degree in psychology is a program for students interested in a wide range of psychology professions.
For those students interested in pursuing a career immediately after graduation they will gain a wealth of experiences in the applied aspects of psychology that will easily transfer well to various professions. Also, those interested in obtaining advance degrees will have a strong theoretical foundation for the fields of psychology, law, business, medicine and a wide range of other graduate degrees.
- Course catalog requirements for a BS in psychology
- List of additional Area F and psychology specialization courses
- Psychology program plan
- Academic map for psychology (PDF)
Program Outcome Goals
A graduate of the psychology major will be able to:
- Understand a full spectrum of general theoretical approaches to psychology
- Understand that psychology sub-disciplines are interrelated
- Be able to relate theory to real world situations
- Understand basic topics of research methodology
- Understand the statistical tools appropriate to single variable and two variable analyses
- Demonstrate competence in communication (written, verbal, numeric and graphic)
- Demonstrate competence in critical/analytic thinking
- Demonstrate the ability to apply psychological theory and/or research methodology
- Demonstrate capacity to work collaboratively to solve problems
- Demonstrate appreciation of historical/philosophical context of psychology
- Understand that normative human behavior and experience is diverse and multidimensional
- Demonstrate a commitment to the ethical foundations / ethical principles of psychology
Specializations and Faculty
The Clinical/Personality specialization explores the relationship between typical personality development and atypical processes leading to mental illness. It involves the study of the science and practice of providing assessment and treatment services at individual, family or community levels to people with or at risk for mental illness. A background in this specialization is relevant for students who have career interests in fields related to human mental health and wellbeing, such as psychologists, social workers, or marriage and family therapists. It is also relevant for students interested in careers that apply knowledge of the causes, diagnoses, progression, treatment and public policy implications of mental disorders (e.g., in community agencies or research settings).
The Cognition and Neuroscience specialization’s underlying philosophy is that there is a strong need for an interface of cognition, biology, and evolutionary theory. The specialization explores areas such as learning and memory, sensation and perception, decision-making, neuropsychology, memory, and the evolutionary basis and the adaptive significance of behavior.
- Adam Hutcheson, Ph.D.
- Andrew Kelly, Ph.D.
- David Ludden, Ph.D.
- Steven Platek, Ph.D.
- Matthew Schmolesky, Ph.D.
The Developmental/Educational specialization focuses on the development of children, adolescents, and adults. This area is relevant for students with interests in human development in applied settings (e.g., schools and community agencies).
- Brian Brahmstedt, Ph.D.
- Benjamin Brown, Ph.D.
- Kristina Brown, Ph.D.
- Jennifer Friday, Ph.D.
- Vickie Williams, Ph.D.
Focusing on the relationship between the individual and the social environment, the Social/Applied specialization examines the impact of individuals, organizations and culture on thought and behavior. It is well-suited for those who are interested in the issue of how broader social forces affect themselves and others.
Volunteer Research Opportunities
GGC students in psychology may be selected to work in laboratories of faculty members who have ongoing research projects. The GGC Psychology Research Assistantship Application is the first step in finding opportunities. If selected, faculty members will contact volunteers.
Other external sources of research experience may be found on the websites below:
- American Psychological Association's Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Internships
- National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
- National Science Foundation's Biological Sciences
- Association of American Medical Colleges' Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
If you are interested in learning more about psychology as a field or careers in psychology, please visit any of the websites listed below:
- American Psychological Association (APA) Psych Careers online tool
- APA Academic Career Useful Website Links
- Association for Psychological Science (APS)
- Southeastern Psychological Association
- Psi Chi (The International Honor Society in Psychology)
- Wadsworth Publisher’s Careers in Psychology Website
- American Psychological Association
- The Association of Black Psychologists
- Society for Research in Child Development
- Society for Research on Adolescence