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Psychology at Aquinas College

Psychology Major (BS)

There are four program options for students interested in majoring in psychology. At least twenty (20) semester hours toward the major must be taken at Aquinas College. A grade of C or better is required for all courses credited toward the major. Students who major in Psychology are bound by the requirements published in the catalog at the time the declaration of a major is approved.

Major Requirements: Forty-one (41) semester hours

Required Courses:

  • BY150 (4) NL
  • PG100 (3)
  • PG202 (4)
  • PG203 (2) WI
  • PG305 (3)
  • PG402 (1)
  • PG403 (3) SC
  • Nine (9) hours of elective courses from psychology
  • Minimum twelve (12) semester hours of courses within chosen concentration (see below)

Psychology majors may choose to focus their degree program on General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Neuroscience . Students who are uncertain about future educational or career goals may choose the General Psychology Concentration. In addition to their concentration courses, students take an additional nine (9) semester hours of psychology electives


  • BY150 Human Biology (4) NL

    Systems approach to study of basic human anatomy and physiology designed for non-biology majors. Three (3) hours lecture, three (3) hours lab. Not applicable toward the major. Not applicable toward the minor for students having successfully completed BY221 or BY372. Offered every fall and odd-numbered springs.

  • PG100 Introductory Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    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.

  • PG202/SY202 Research Methods (4) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the research process: scientific method, basic nature of research, analysis of major research designs used in lab, field, and natural environment; how to write a research proposal, conduct an experiment, write a research report; lecture and lab. Prerequisite: PG100 or SY101 and SY/CN/PG 151 or equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Social Science General Education requirement.

  • PG203 Introduction to Psychology Related Careers (2) SS1/SS2, WI

    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.

  • PG305 Cognitive Psychology (3) SS1/SS2

    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.

  • PG403 Advanced Research Methods (3) SS1/SS2, SC

    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.