Psychological science provides the tools for a scientific analysis of human development, emotion, cognition, behavior, and psychopathology.

psychology professor and studentsAn undergraduate degree in psychology prepares the successful graduate for a variety of careers in health and human services, business and administration, public and community relations, marketing and retail, and more.

The program is also designed to help the highly successful student in the pursuit of graduate work, not only in psychology, but also in other disciplines, such as law, business, medicine, and social work.

In concordance with the American Psychology Association’s guidelines (2012) for best practices in psychology majors, the undergraduate major in psychology is expected to:

1. Demonstrate Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking Skills

1.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret behavior

1.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy

1.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem-solving

1.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

2. Practice Ethical and Social Responsibility

2.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

2.2 Promote values that build and enhance academic integrity

2.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels 164

3. Communicate Effectively

3.1 Demonstrate effective writing

3.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills

3.3 Interact effectively with others

4. Engage in Professional Development

4.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

4.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation

4.3 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

5. Demonstrate a Knowledge Base in Psychology

5.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

5.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains

5.3 Describe applications of psychology

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
PSYC 102  Introduction to Psychology for Majors 3
PSYC 190  Careers in Psychology 1
PSYC 203 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 261  Quantitative and Research Skills 6
PSYC 330   Methods and Logic of Behavioral Research 4
PSYC 499  Senior Seminar 2

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS                             CREDIT
HOURS
Experiential Learning (select 1)
PSYC 221PSYC 299 
1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES CREDIT
HOURS
100-level or above psychology courses 6
300-level or above psychology courses 12
   
Total Major Program Requirements 38
Additional Electives 47
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses