Buena Vista University

Psychology

What is it about people that causes them to act the way they do? Understanding the human mind can show you how to best encourage people through difficult times, help businesses get the most from their workers, allow advertisers to make informed choices about what will appeal to a particular market, and increase the chances of diffusing dangerous situations peacefully. As a psychology major on our Storm Lake, Iowa, campus, you’ll learn about behavior and mental processes – both the normal and the aberrant – as you seek to understand why people are the way they are and the human possibilities for change.

Majoring in psychology and earning your bachelor’s degree can prepare you for graduate training in psychology, counseling, school psychology and social work. Through your studies, you’ll read journal articles extensively as you gain an understanding of how to evaluate research, then have the option to produce your own year-long research project your junior year in the program.

Key Personality Traits

Your goal to become a psychologist or counselor, in Iowa and beyond, can be accomplished through our psychology programs. Our faculty consists of experienced professionals who can give you valuable insight to better prepare for real work environments and situations. Learn more about the curriculum, student research aspect and innovative ways we separate ourselves from other psychology schools in Iowa.

Courses of study

Major in Psychology: 33 credit hours

PSYC 100 General 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
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 333 Adolescent Psychology
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 480 Advanced Research

Electives:

Psychology electives (to reach 33 credit hours in psychology)

Major in Psychology with teaching Licensure (5-12):

Psychology major (33 credit hours)
Plus requirements listed under 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: 21 credit hours

PSYC 100 General Psychology

2 courses from:

PSYC 201 Child Development
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 333 Adolescent Psychology
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 480 Advanced Research

Electives:

Psychology electives (to reach 21 credit hours in psychology)
Note: Students at BVU Graduate & Professional Studies locations that do not offer the 200 level courses listed in first

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) and PSYC 291 (Learning and Memory)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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