Department of Psychology
Department Chair: Ronald Jacques
Department Secretary: Barbara Sharp (208) 496-1389
Department Faculty: Kimberly G AndersenSamuel ClayRonald JacquesEdward KinghornChristopher LowryMerlin MadsenGordon Timothy

 
Psychology
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 program is designed to ensure that students develop an academic foundation for further psychological study, prepare them for entry level professions, and provide means by which the principles of psychology can be used to improve life.
 
Recommended Courses
Complete all General Education requirements. Refer to the General Education link for complete details. You are also encouraged to follow the suggestions given below as you complete general education requirements.

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

Biological Sciences: A broad study in biological 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 select from the following courses to complete the GE requirement:
BIO 100 Principles of Biology
BIO 176 Heredity
BIO 221 General Microbiology
BIO 230 Human Biology

Physical Science: We recommend that you take one of the following courses to complete the GE requirement in the Physical Sciences:
PH.S 100 Physical Science (only if going to BYU-Provo)
CHEM 101 Introduction to Gen chem (including 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.)


 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Psychology (760)   
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 111, 303, 311
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 201, 310, 322, 350
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 341, 342, 378, 455

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 3 Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 361, 365, 370, 376, 384
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 490, 499
 
AND
Students cannot take both Psych 240 and GS 101
Take 6 Credits    Min Grade: C-
B 370
BIO 240
CHILD 210, 320
ENG 354, 355, 356
GS 101, 210
HS 351, 460
PE*C 330
PHIL 110, 201, 202, 205, 313
PSYCH 235, 240, 390R
RL 343
SOC 330, 357, 402


 
B.A.  in Psychology (765)   
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

For a complete listing of the General Education and University Requirements go to General Education
 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 111, 303, 311
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 201, 310, 322, 350
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 341, 342, 378, 455

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 3 Courses    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 361, 365, 370, 376, 384
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 490, 499
 
AND
Students cannot take both Psych 240 and GS 101
Take 6 Credits    Min Grade: C-
B 370
BIO 240
CHILD 210, 320
ENG 354, 355, 356
GS 101, 210
HS 351, 460
PE*C 330
PHIL 110, 201, 202, 205, 313
PSYCH 235, 240, 390R
RL 343
SOC 330, 357, 402



Minor in  Psychology (176)   
No double counting of Minor courses
Requirement 1:

Take this Course    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 111

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 201, 322, 361

AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 310, 341, 342, 350, 455

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 303, 311, 378

AND
Take 6 Credits    Min Grade: C-
PSYCH 201, 235, 240, 303, 310, 311, 322, 341, 342, 350, 361, 365, 370, 376, 378, 384, 390R, 455, 490, 499
 
Course Descriptions

PSYCH 111 General Psychology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
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)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
The study of biological, affective, social and cognitive aspects of behavior through the life span.
 
PSYCH 235 Psychology of Stress (2:2:0)
An applied course covering the nature and managment of stress, with focus on understanding and altering or enhancing student's 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 303 Psychological Research Design and Analysis (7:6:1)
Prerequisite: Psych 111, Math 108 or Math 110
Basic principles of conducting research in psychology which include the design, the analysis, and reporting the results of psychological investigations.
 
PSYCH 310 Culture & Gender (2-3:3:0)
This course explores the cultural and gender influences on basic psychological processes.
 
PSYCH 311 History and Systems of Psychology (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Major historical anticedents of contemporary psychology and how they influence psychology today.
 
PSYCH 322 Adult Development (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Cognitive, social, physical and personality development during young, middle and late adulthood.
 
PSYCH 341 Personality (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Introduction to theories and research in personality.
 
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)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
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.
 
PSYCH 361 Principles of Learning (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
This course examines the means by which behavior is acquired and extinguished.
 
PSYCH 365 Motivation and 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 370 Sensation and Perception (3:3:3)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Introduction to sensory systems and perceptual processes.
 
PSYCH 376 Cognition (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Introduction to theories and research in cognition and cognitive development.
 
PSYCH 378 Tests and Measurements (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111 and Psych 303
Development and validation of standardized tests.
 
PSYCH 384 Behaviorial Neurobiology (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111
Basic physiological, anatomical, and chemical foundation of psychology.
 
PSYCH 390R Special Topics in Psychology (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Indepth study of a specific topic in the field of psychology.
 
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 499 Independent Research/Readings (1-4:0:0)
Prerequisite: Psych 111 and consent of instructor
Individual study on topics under the direction of faculty.