Bachelor in Psychology

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Program Description

Bachelor of Psychology

If you’re like most people, you’ve looked at the world around you and wondered what exactly makes human beings tick. Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behavior. Psychologists use the scientific method to answer a host of questions like Why are drugs and alcohol so addictive? Can our genes determine how intelligent we are, whether we will develop schizophrenia, or even how we’ll vote in the next presidential election? What’s going on in the brain when we sleep and dream?

Major, Minor, and Interdisciplinary Majors

Students can major in Psychology, minor in Psychology, or major in one of two interdisciplinary majors: Biology-Psychology or Psychology-Sociology.

Overview of the major

Psychology majors obtain a strong foundation in statistics and research methods as well as the following areas: biological, cognitive, learning, social, developmental, and clinical psychology. See the college catalog for the most up-to-date information on requirements for the major.

Senior research

Psychology majors complete either PY417 (Senior Seminar: Research in Psychology) or PY450 (Senior Seminar: Advanced Topics in Psychology) during their senior year. Upon completion of the course, each senior presents his/her research project to faculty and students at the Psychology Senior Conference. In PY417 students actively explore their own interests by conducting a complex research project from start to finish, including forming a research question and hypothesis, designing an experiment or observational study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting the findings orally and in written form. This demanding yet rewarding task is often the most valuable experience our majors have during their time at BSC. In PY450 students gain an in-depth view of an advanced topic in psychology (e.g., violence, media psychology, psychotherapy). This class is quite comparable to a graduate-level course in format (i.e., discussion-based) and content. The final project in this class is similar to that in PY417, but because so many research ideas are near impossible to pursue as an undergraduate student (e.g., conducting a randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of Zoloft in the treatment of severe depression), PY450 offers an opportunity for students to propose a research project – any project (the sky is the limit!) -- but not actually carry it out (well, at least not until later in life when they get an NIH multi-million dollar grant).

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