Department of Psychology

Ronald Jacques, Department Chair
Kimberly Andersen, Edward Kinghorn, Christopher M. Lowry, Merlin Madsen, Gordon L. Timothy
Departmental Office (208) 356-1389

The purpose of the Psychology program is to use the study of behavior and mental states and processes to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and modify their own behavior and goals in the light of psychological principles and LDS standards. The courses are designed to ensure that students develop a foundation for further psychological study, enhance their understanding of the relationship of psychology to other disciplines, and provide means by which the principles of psychology can be used to improve life.


Associate in Arts and Sciences with a major in Psychology (266)

Requirements for a major (12 hours)

1. Complete the following course:

Psych 111 General Psychology

2. Complete at least 9 credits from the following list:

Psych 201 Develop Psych Lifespan 
Psych 235 Psychology of Stress
Psych 240 Psychology of Effec Living
Psych 310 Culture & Gender
Psych 342 Abnormal Psychology
Psych 350 Social Psychology
Psych 361 Principles of Learning 
Psych 365 Motivation & Emotion
Psych 384 Physiological Psychology  
Psych 455 Intro to Couns & Therapy 
Psych 490 Internship  
Comm 220 Inter Theory & Practice Soc 112 Social Problems
3. Complete all General Education requirements. Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for complete details. You are also encouraged to follow the suggestions given below as you complete some general education requirements.

Social Science: A class in history, political science, or economics should be used as your second social science course.

Natural Sciences: A broad study in the natural sciences will be necessary for anyone who wishes a professional career in Psychology. Science classes, with labs, that have a human orientation are highly recommended. We recommend that you take the following courses in biological science:

BIO 100 Principles of Biology and one or more of the following:
BIO 176 Heredity   
BIO 213 Invert Zoology
BIO 221 General Microbiology
BIO 264 Human Anatomy and Phys I  
BIO 265 Human Anatomy and Phys II 
We also recommend that you take one of the following physical science courses to complete the GE requirement in the natural sciences. PhS 100 Physical Science (only if going to BYU-Provo) Chem 101 Introduction to Gen Chem (including the lab) or higher level courses in Physics and Chemistry

Math: The following sequence is recommended. Students are encouraged to start at their level of competency. If you have questions, contact the Math Department. Math 110 College Algebra Math 221 Principles of Statistics (for BYU-Provo) (By taking this sequence, you would also be filling the BYU-Provo Math GE requirement.)


Psych 111* General Psychology (3:3:0)
A survey of the various fields of psychology and application of selected psychological principles to life situations.

Psych 201 Developmental Psychology Lifespan (3:3:0)
The study of biological, affective, social and cognitive aspects of behavior throughout life.

Psych 235 Psychology of Stress (2:2:0)
An applied course covering the nature and management of stress, with focus on understanding and altering or enhancing studentís environment and behaviors as they pertain to stress.

Psych 240 Psychology of Effective Living (3:3:0)
An exploration of psychological principles which facilitate a productive and satisfying life.

Psych 310 Culture & Gender (3:3:0)
This course explores the cultural and gender influences on basic psychological processes, including perception, cognition, language, emotion, intelligence, development, attitudes and values.

Psych 342 Abnormal Psychology (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Dynamics of maladjustment, major psychological disorders and therapeutic procedures.

Psych 350 Social Psychology (3:3:0)
An in-depth view of the psychology of the inner person and what it means to be human. The emphasis is on the complex interplay between the individual and society in the formation of self-concept, attitudes, and the way in which he/she perceives others. Students may receive Psych 350 credit or Soc 350 but not both.

Psych 361 Principles of Learning (3:3:0)
This course examines the means by which behavior is acquired and extinguished.

Psych 365 Motivation & Emotion (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
This course examines the determinants of motivation and emotion and their relationship to thought, personality, and behavior.

Psych 384 Physiological Psychology (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Introduction to neuropsychology with emphasis on basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as they apply to behavior.

Psych 455 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
This course will examine the components of effective psychotherapy, evaluate current theories of therapy and learn historical influences.

Psych 490 Internship (1-4:0:TBA)
Prerequisite: Psych 111 and consent of instructor
Fee ranging from $20-$70 may be required
This course will give students actual field experience in areas of student interest.

Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)

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