Degrees / Courses

Degrees Courses
Psychology Major

To earn a Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology, a student must complete forty (41) semester hours that include BY150, MS151, PG100, 202, 206, 305, 402, 403; plus a minimum of nine (9) hours of Core Courses, and a minimum of nine (9) hours of elective courses from the psychology course offerings to equal at least 41 semester hours. At least one elective in the major must be 300-level or 400-level. At least 20 semester hours toward the major must be taken at Aquinas. To be a psychology major, a student must earn a C or better in all major requirements. In addition, a student must maintain an overall C average. A student may repeat a course only once, unless a further repetition is approved by the provost. Majors are bound by the requirements published at the time the declaration of the major is signed.


Concentrations (Not transcripted but described)
Psychology majors may choose to focus their degree program on General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Counseling Psychology.
Concentrations are neither declared nor transcripted. Rather, these course concentrations are recommended for students with plans for specific graduate programs for which particular courses might better prepare the student toward that goal. Students who are uncertain about
future educational or career goals may choose the General Psychology

Developmental Psychology
Students who choose the Developmental Psychology concentration should include a development course as one of their three Core Courses. In addition, two of the three Elective courses should be development courses. The student's advisor will assist in determining the best combination of courses for this concentration.


Counseling Psychology
Students who choose the Counseling Psychology concentration should take PG303, 307 and 309 as their three Core Courses. In addition, one of the three Elective courses should be PG348. The student's advisor will assist in determining the best combination of courses for this concentration.


General Psychology
Students who choose the General Psychology concentration may choose any combination of courses to satisfy the minimum number of courses required in each section above. The student's advisor will assist in determining the best combination of courses to satisfy the student's individual interests.


NOTE: MS151 is a prerequisite for PG202.

Psychology Minors
There are two options for students interested in pursuing a minor in psychology. At least 12 semester hours toward either minor must be taken at Aquinas. A grade of C or better is required for all courses credited toward the minor. Students who minor in Psychology are bound by the requirements published at the time the declaration of a minor is signed.
Developmental Psychology Minor: This minor requires 24 semester hours that include PG100, 208, 209, 210, 303; plus three elective courses to complete the 24 semester hours. At least one elective must be a 300-level or above. PG202, 234, 309, 311, 324, 348, or 352 are recommended for the electives.

Industrial/Organizational Minor: This minor requires 21 semester hours that include PG100, MS151 or equivalent, PG355, 372, 321; plus two elective courses to complete the 21 semester hours. At least one elective must be from among the following: PG202, 303, 305, 307, 309, 311, or 352. Other recommended electives include PG360 and BS356.


NOTE: A student earning a BS/BA may also earn a I/O Psychology Minor, but MS151 is the only course that can be used for both. All other requirements and electives for the Minor must be distinct from the requirements and electives used towards the BS/BA. Also, a student earning a BS/BA with a Human Resources Concentration may not also earn an I/O Psychology Minor.



PG100 Introductory Psychology (3) PSC
Psychology as the science of human behavior and experiences; related areas of human functioning; focus on human research; theory and research methods, biological basis of behavior, human development, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality and abnormal behavior.
PG/SY201 Social Psychology (3)
Concepts in basic areas of general psychology applied to study of various social situations and an individual's behavior, attitudes and beliefs. Prerequisite: PG100 or SY101.
PG/SY202 Research Methods (4)
Examines the relationship between individuals and their social environment including how individuals are influenced by, yet also shape groups and organizations. These questions are addressed with social psychological theories from both Psychology and Sociology. Prerequisite: SY101 or PG100.
PG203 Introduction to Psychology Related Careers (2)

This course represents the entrance to the Psychology Major. The intention of the course is to prepare you to gain the most from the rest of your coursework and research in the Major, and to introduce you to knowledge and strategies that will assist you in discovering and pursuing your own career path using your Psychology Major. Particular emphasis will be on developing your literature research and professional writing skills with the goal that you will have mastery of APA publication form and style. Prerequisite: PG100.

PG206 Foundational Theories of Psychology (3)
This course presents the study of the emergence of the field of psychology from philosophy. Students will study the key historical figures who established psychology as well as the resulting Schools of Psychology. Primary emphasis will be on understanding the foundational theories as the basis for the models of contemporary psychology. Prerequisite: PG100 (NOTE: PG431 is now PG206.)
PG208 Child & Adolescent Development (3)

Introduction to processes of human development from a lifespan perspective; focus on conception through adolescence; basic theories and research related to normal patterns of physical, cognitive, personality and social development.

Prerequisite: PG100

PG209 Early & Middle Adult Development (3)

Continuation of human development sequence from a lifespan perspective; focus on emerging and young adults through mid-life. Theory and research on the tasks and transitions of adulthood, including the impact of factors such as sociocultural context, gender, identity and self-concept, marriage and family, career, stress, and adjustment.

Prerequisite: PG100

PG210 Late Adult Development & Aging (3)

Continuation of human development sequences from a lifespan perspective; focus on young adulthood through old age and death. Theories, research, and myths related to stability and change in physical, cognitive, personality, and sociocultural aspects of adulthood.

Prerequisite: PG100

PG234 Death and Dying (3)
Attitudes toward and rituals relating to death in different societies; psychological, philosophical, medical, and religious questions that surround the event of death for the dying person and family. Prerequisite: PG100.
PG303 Psychology of Personality (3)
Analysis of various classic and contemporary theories of human personality. Prerequisite: PG100
PG305 Cognitive Psychology (3)
Theory and research investigating phenomena of learning and memory in humans and animals. Behavioral, neurophysiological, and information processing models are reviewed. Lecture and lab. Prerequisite: PG100.
PG307 Human Motivation & Emotion (3)
Scientific investigation of basic and learned human needs, drives, and motives. Physiological correlates of motivated behavior. Behavioral and cognitive theories of motivation. Pre- or Co-requisite: PG100.
PG309 Abnormal Psychology-1 (3)
Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of emotional disorders. Emphasis on anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Prerequisite: PG100.
PG311 Abnormal Psychology-2 (3)
Further exploration of abnormal conditions - can be taken before or after PG309. Emphasis on disorders of childhood and adolescence, eating disorders, personality disorders, sexual deviation, substance abuse, organic brain disorders and therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite: PG100.
PG/BS321 Industrial Psychology (3)
Study of human behavior in production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Prerequisites: PG100 or BS201, and MS151 or equivalent.
PG/BY324 Neuroscience (3)
Topics include neuron functioning (action potential production including the behavior of receptors, ion channels and neurotransmitters), synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems, the neurobiological perspective of learning and memory, drugs and the brain, sex and the brain. Both invertebrate and vertebrate systems discussed. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: minimum grade of C- in BY150 or BY160 and sophomore status. Offered in even-numbered springs.
PG348 Counseling Psychology (3)
Counseling is a profession predicated on centuries of work on the nature of personality, human development, interpersonal relations, mental health issues, and human adjustment. Professional counselors' work encompasses a wide range of settings, issues, populations, and goals. Thus, this course, while not intended as professional training, presents the theoretical and research bases for various approaches, techniques and objectives relevant to counseling. Prerequisites: PG100.
PG352 Psychological Assessment (3)
Theoretical and statistical foundations, including tests of intelligence, special abilities, achievement, personality, interests, attitudes and projective techniques (lecture and lab). Prerequisite: PG100 and MS151.
PG/BS355 Organizational Behavior (3)
Central topics of management behavior: organizational structure and behavior, informal organization, behavior modification and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PG100 or BS201.
PG/BS360 Consumer Behavior (3)
Analysis of the complex process of buying behavior through systematic development of a behavior model, utilizing concepts from psychology, sociology and social psychology. Prerequisite: PG100 or BS202.
PG/BS372 Training and Development (3)
Review of techniques to determine training needs, to develop appropriate programs, and to select methods of presenting these programs, and to evaluate program effectiveness. Prerequisite: BS201 or PG100.
PG380 Lifespan Development for Health Sciences (3)
Overview of developmental psychology theories and concepts within a lifespan perspective and with health care applications. Specifically designed for students in the Nursing program. Psychology majors and minors cannot count PG380 credit if PG208 is counted. Prerequisites: PG100 and permission of instructor.
PG391 Seminar in Psychology (Variable)
Specialized courses in theory, research, or professional practice and/or new course content on trial basis. Subject to faculty availability; faculty and students can request offerings. Syllabus for each seminar on file. Prerequisites determined by content.
PG399 Independent Project (Variable)
Individually-negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
PG402 Advanced Research Proposal Seminar (1)
Development of an individual research project proposal, in preparation for PG403. Demonstration of content knowledge and research skills. Also, discussions of issues related to graduate studies, professional standards, and careers in Psychology. Prerequisite: PG202 or permission of instructor. Should be taken fall of senior year.
PG403 Advanced Research Methods (3) CS
Psychology major capstone course in which students conduct a project implementing the research proposal developed in PG402. Application of abilities in scientific design, analysis, interpretation, and reporting. Formal paper and oral presentation required at the conclusion of the project. Prerequisite: PG402; psychology majors. Should be taken spring of senior year.
PG406 Sensation and Perception (3)
A review of sensory and perceptual systems together with a discussion of theories of perception. Emphasis on vision. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: BY150 and PG202.
PG450 Senior Practicum (Variable)
Work placement in which student performs duties of a psychological nature under supervision of a practicing professional. Prerequisite: Psychology major, senior status, department approval.