Apr 24, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Psychology (B.S.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science Program in Psychology allows students the flexibility to sample the many subdisciplines in Psychology for breadth of knowledge in the field. This program is ideal for students who wish to acquire an understanding of human thought and behavior that can be readily applied to a variety of career paths. Mount Ida College’s Psychology Program emphasizes a foundation in the physiological, cognitive, social, developmental, personality, abnormal, research, and applied aspects of psychology so that students may customize a focus of study that best suits individual needs. The senior thesis capstone project allows students to apply their knowledge of psychology to investigate in depth a topic of personal interest.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students in this degree program are strongly encouraged to select a minor in preparation for employment and/or graduate education. The Psychology degree combined with a minor prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in public and private agencies, institutions, and corporations where understanding the human psyche is valued. For example, graduates in this major with the marketing minor may track buyer behaviors and assist with new marketing initiatives, while those students wishing to pursue graduate education in industrial - organizational psychology might select a minor in business or leadership studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

1.       Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

2.       Demonstrate critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

3.       Identify, explain, and interpret the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

4.       Explain and demonstrate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

5.       Interpret evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

6.       Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

7.       Relate information to others effectively in a variety of formats.

8.       Explain and relate psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

9.       Interpret their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and demonstrate effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

10.     Demonstrate realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.


Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

The Psychology program requires a minimum grade of C- (C minus) in all of the 12 core curriculum courses and the two Capstone courses.



II. Capstone Courses (6 credits)

A minimum grade of C- (C minus) is required for both capstone courses.

III. Other Required Courses: (33-35 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits (“W” Course) 3 credits

IV. Open Electives: (45 credits)

Fifteen (15) Open electives, including:

  • An additional “O” course and an additional “W” course
  • Elective courses which may include requirements for a minor

Total Credits: (120-122)


All College Curriculum
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (27 credits)

  • Two (2) Open electives 6 credits

Second Year: (30-32 credits)

  • Two (2) Science electives 6-8 credits
  • Literature elective 3 credits
  • Three (3) Open electives 9 credits

Third Year: (33 credits)

  • History elective 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar  3 credits 
  • Humanities or Fine Arts elective 3 credits 
  • Three (3) Open electives 9 credits

Fourth Year: (30 credits)

  • Seven (7) Open electives   21 credits

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree Programs