Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The Bachelor of Psychology degree helps you better understand yourself and others. Its real world relevance includes social interaction, group dynamics and mental illness treatment.
A psychology degree opens doors to a wide variety of careers in such fields as counseling, social work, or education.
To earn this degree, you will complete General Education courses plus 36 credit hours specific to your Bachelor’s in Psychology degree:
This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.
Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120. An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.
This course studies the behavior and psychological process of individuals who occupy positions in social structures, organizations, and groups.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120. This course explores biological underpinnings of behavior and mental processes, such as wakefulness and sleep, emotional behaviors, reproductive behaviors, selected psychological disorders, learning and memory, and the sensory systems. An overview of neuroanatomy and neurotransmitters is provided.
Prerequisites: PSYC 120 plus three additional hours in psychology.
A comparative analysis of the major theories of personality in psychology today. The approach is both rational and empirical.
Psychological study of gender in historical and contemporary perspective. Includes biological, psychological and sociological examination of the role of gender in development, self-concepts, social relations and mental health.
Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations. Meets cultural diversity requirement.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120, PSYC 222, SOCI 120, or CRIM 120.
This course introduces the language of research, the elements of quantitative and qualitative approaches, and ethical principles and challenges. Consideration is also given to techniques for collecting data and factors that influence the reliability and validity of findings.
Prerequisites: CRIM 120, PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).
Prerequisite: Senior Status, BSCI 272, and BSCI 274.
The senior capstone is designed to be the culminating course for the major. It provides an opportunity for students to re-examine principal theories and methodologies in their disciplines and write a well-researched review paper on a topic relevant to their personal interests, professional goals, or occupation.
An Associate of Science in Psychology is also available.
Jobs in psychology are projected to grow 14% by the year 2028 nationally. The median annual wage is $79,010. The median wage for clinical, counseling and school psychologists in Missouri specifically is $76,480.
Many career paths require advanced training and certification. A Bachelor of Psychology degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers, including: