Psychological Science focuses on mental processes and behaviors that are relevant across many domains, including business and organizations, health, engineering and industrial design, ecology, human development, and neuroscience. The minor in Psychological Science provides graduates with a broad overview of the discipline, as well as exposure to the foundations of the discipline. The Psychological Science minor focuses students on becoming more engaged and critical consumers of the science underlying psychology through courses informed by current research and practice in the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavioral problems.
The minor requires a minimum of 22 credit hours: 7 from research design and a discipline overview, 9 reflecting foundational studies in the discipline, and 6 hours of electives. This minor is especially relevant to students who are in a pre-professional track (e.g., pre-med) or to students majoring in disciplines where psychological science can inform research and practice (e.g., biology, computer science, philosophy, religious studies, nursing, communication disorders, management, etc.). This program will be particularly valuable to students who are in Pre-Med or Pre-Health programs that require completion of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), as recently, the MCAT was substantially revised with a social science focus in mind.
The minor in Psychological Science requires a minimum of 22 credit hours.
The following courses (7 credits) are required for the minor:
At least one of the following courses (3 credits) from Category A (Individual Differences and Social Processes) is required for the minor:
At least one of the following courses (3 credits) from Category B (Learning, Cognition, and Biopsychology) is required for the minor:
At least one of the following courses (3 credits) from Category C (Developmental Processes) is required for the minor:
Six additional upper-level credit hours of PSYS courses are required. These hours can include the above restricted elective courses that were not taken to meet the Category A, Category B, or Category C requirements, and can include no more than 3 credit hours of PSYS 490.
Consistent with the goals specified by the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs, while completing the minor requirements, students will: