Psychology

Psychology studies the cognition and behavior of humans and animals from an empirical, research-based perspective. It can be applied to a wide range of issues and fields of study, including criminal behavior, mental illness, biological bases of behavior, prejudice and discrimination, relationship violence, human resources, business and marketing, and more.

Cognition and behavior at BVU

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Corrections
  • Biology and animal behavior
  • Counseling for mental health disorders or substance use disorders
  • Direct care of individuals with disabilities
  • Trauma advocacy and prejudice interventions
  • Psychologist or counselor (requires additional graduate school)
  • Psychiatry or other medical field (requires additional medical school)

Psychology is a good complement to most other majors or minors and careers, for example: Criminal justice, education, pre-med, or business.

BVU has specifically designed the curriculum to be flexible and able to be tailored to individual students’ interests. There are only four required courses; for the rest of the courses, students can elect what to take based on their interests, future career aspirations, or plans for graduate school.

The psychology faculty mentor students and involve them with many additional research opportunities that help our students stand out when they apply for jobs or graduate school.

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Psychology Research

From start to finish

Students complete a research project, start-to-finish, while at BVU, which they present at one or more professional conferences. Many students also publish their research.

Completing, presenting and publishing projects are unique accomplishments that are not available to undergraduates at larger universities. BVU students are able to accomplish these goals because of how we combine statistics and research methods into one year-long class. Undergraduate research work gives you an excellent advantage when applying to graduate school.

Get Involved

Showcase and enhance skills

  • Psychology Club – offers social opportunities such as BBQ dinners and movies.
  • Psi Chi – national honors society for psych majors & minors.
  • Research Club – offers a group research project every year; students gain experience and present at a conference each May.

 

 

Internships

  • Research internship on gender in Vienna
  • Criminal justice and psychology internships in Prague
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Poweshiek County Mental Health Center

Careers

  • Cherokee Mental Health, Psychiatric Security Specialist
  • Sequel Care of Iowa, Institute Program Director
  • Faith, Hope and Charity, Shift Leader

Graduate School

  • Purdue University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Tennessee
  • Alliant International University
  • North Dakota State University

Major in Psychology (33 credit hours)

Psychology majors must receive a grade of C- or higher in the following courses:

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
  • Electives: Psychology electives (to reach 33 credit hours in psychology)
  • PSYC 300 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I
  • PSYC 303 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis II
  • PSYC 498 Capstone in Psychology

3 courses from

  • PSYC 201 Child Development or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 203 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 230 Sleep and Dreams
  • PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 265 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 281 Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory

3 courses from

  • PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 364 Industrial Psychology
  • PSYC 369 Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 389 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 415 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 429 Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • PSYC 440 Cognition
  • PSYC 470 Psychology of Relationship Violence
  • PSYC 480 Advanced Research

Electives

  • Psychology electives to reach 33 credit hours in psychology

Minor in Psychology (21 credit hours)

Psychology minors must receive a grade of C- or higher in the following courses:

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
  • PSYC 300 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I
  • PSYC 303 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis II
  • PSYC 498 Capstone in Psychology

2 courses from:

  • PSYC 201 Child Development or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 203 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 230 Sleep and Dreams
  • PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 265 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 281 Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory

2 courses from

  • PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 364 Industrial Psychology
  • PSYC 369 Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 389 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 415 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 429 Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • PSYC 440 Cognition
  • PSYC 470 Psychology of Relationship Violence
  • PSYC 480 Advanced Research

Electives

  • Psychology electives to reach 21 credit hours in psychology

Major in Psychology with Teaching Licensure (5-12)

  • Psychology major (33 credit hours)
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Note: Because of limited placement options for secondary psychology student teachers, the candidate must complete a second teaching major.

Minor in Psychology with Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Option 1

  • 24 credit hours in psychology (same as the 21 credit hour minor plus 3 credit hours elective credit)
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Option 2

  • 30 credit hours in the social sciences with 15 hours in psychology, which must include PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology and PSYC 291 Learning and Memory
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Faculty

Dr.   Wind  Goodfriend

Wind Goodfriend

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Dr.   Tracy  Thomas

Tracy Thomas

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr.   Robert  Blodgett

Robert Blodgett

Professor of Psychology