Why pursue a psychology degree at North Central College?

You’ll explore your interests while gaining valuable hands-on experience when our dedicated faculty work with you on individualized projects. You’ll collect on-campus data at our state-of-the-art laboratories in the Wentz Science Center, including the Schwab Psychology Research Center for families and children, our sleep lab, treadmill lab, and two small group testing rooms. And you’re bound to find the perfect off-campus internship—or two or three—among the hundreds of social service agencies and businesses nearby.

You can also:

  • Present findings of your original research at regional and national psychology conferences.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant which equips you to travel anywhere in the world your studies take you.
  • Use your senior seminar to explore topics such as eating disorders, bullying, illusions, memory disorders, persuasion and humor.
  • Join Psi Chi—the international honor society in psychology.
  • Join Psychology Club—open to all majors and minors in psychology.

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Curriculum for the B.A. Degree

Major Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours to include at least nine credit hours at the 300- or 400-level:

Core Courses

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior
  • PSY 250 - Statistics
  • PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation
  • PSY 293 - Careers in Psychology

Theoretical Perspectives

Social

One of the following:

  • PSY 240 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

Biological

One of the following:

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience
  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

Cognitive/Learning

One of the following:

  • PSY 340 - Learning
  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

Developmental

One of the following:

  • PSY 210 - Child Development
  • PSY 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

Depth

At least three credit hours from one of the following:

  • 400-level Seminar
  • 400-level Independent Study (or HON 400 - Honors Thesis, if supervised by Psychology faculty)
  • 400-level Internship

Note:

Psychology majors must also complete the Psychology outcomes assessment.

Curriculum for the B.S. Degree

Major Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours to include at least 12 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level:

Core Courses

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior
  • PSY 250 - Statistics
  • PSY 255 - Research Design and Experimentation
  • PSY 360 - Psychological Assessment
  • PSY 293 - Careers in Psychology

Theoretical Perspectives

Social

One of the following:

  • PSY 240 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

Biological

One of the following:

  • NSC 200 - Behavioral Neuroscience
  • NSC 280 - Drugs and Behavior

Cognitive/Learning

One of the following:

  • PSY 340 - Learning
  • PSY 345 - Cognitive Psychology

Developmental

One of the following:

  • PSY 210 - Child Development
  • PSY 220 - Psychology of Adolescence

Depth

At least three credit hours of:

  • 400-level Independent Study (Or HON 400 - Honors Thesis if supervised by Psychology faculty)

Note:

Psychology majors must also complete the Psychology outcomes assessment.

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II

At least six credit hours from two of the following areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics above MTH 152
  • Life science or physical science course(s), beyond the courses used to fulfill general education requirements, and that count toward a major in a science discipline

Recommended Electives for the B.S. Degree

  • PSY 380 - History of Psychology
  • PHL 370 - Philosophy of Science
  • SOA 202 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Qualitative

Curriculum for Psychology Minor

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 21 credit hours to include:

  • PSY 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior
  • PSY 250 - Statistics
    • At least three credit hours in Psychology at or above the 300-level

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Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and to lead.

Internships

  • Adult bereavement intern, Fox Valley Hospice, Geneva, IL
  • Mental health services intern, DuPage County, Wheaton, IL
  • Human resource generalist, Naperville Park District, Naperville
  • Juvenile investigation intern, DuPage County Department of Probation and Court Services, Wheaton, IL
  • Programming and exhibit assessment intern, DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville
  • Occupational therapy aid, Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley Regions

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in psychology have been accepted at:

  • The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • Loyola University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Midwestern University
  • Emory University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Rush University
  • DePaul University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Garrett Evangelical Seminary
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Tennessee
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Careers

Graduates in psychology work in social services, education, business, and research. Recent graduates in psychology include:

  • Youth support worker
  • Counselor
  • Social worker
  • School psychologist
  • Hospital chaplain
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Family therapist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Attorney

How to Apply

International Applicants must submit:

  • North Central College online application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcripts that include at least 3 years of grades
  • Official university transcripts with course descriptions (transfer applicants only)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT Scores (choose one)
  • Passport copy

*North Central notifies applicants of their admission decision and scholarship award within approximately two weeks of receiving a completed application.

Priority Admission Deadlines:

  • Fall entry (August): May 1
  • Spring entry (January): October 1

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Program taught in:
  • English

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