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Psychology is a scientific field that studies behavior, social interactions, and the human mind. Psychologists not only seek to understand and explain how people think, act, and feel but they also seek to apply this information to a variety of issues that impact our daily functioning (e.g. mental health, physical health, performance enhancement, work productivity, self-help, motivation).

Our degree requires that students take a total of 50 credit hours (43 hours in psychology plus 7 hours in philosophy). We emphasize the American Psychological Association "scientist/practitioner" model so students are trained to think critically like a scientist but also apply our knowledge to a variety of issues. Our curriculum provides a firm foundation in critical thinking, research methods, statistics, and oral and written communication skills. Our smaller class sizes allow faculty to work more closely with each student as well as integrate more hands-on, interactive experiences in our classes. In addition, our degree ensures that you will graduate having not only depth but breadth when it comes to your background knowledge in psychology.

In addition to our Bachelor of Science degree, please visit the Related Programs tab to see our other Psychology options. 

Required Psychology Courses: 43 Credit Hours

  • PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours) *Also counts for Gen Ed social sciences requirement
  • PSYC 1143 Applications and Careers in Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2303 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)*Also counts for Gen Ed math requirement
  • PSYC 2301 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences Lab (1 credit hour)
  • PSYC 2813 Psychology of Personality (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3113: Cognitive Processes (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3203 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3403 Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2413 Research Methods and Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2401 Research Methods and Analysis Lab (1 credit hour)
  • PSYC 3513 Introduction to Learning (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3511 Introduction to Learning Lab (1 credit hour)
  • PSYC 4102 Junior/Senior Research Seminar I (2 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4103 Biological Basis for Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4202 Junior/Senior Research Seminar II (2 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4443 Advanced Statistical Applications (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4983 Psychological Internships (3 credit hours)

Required Courses in Philosophy - Choose One

  • PHIL 2713 Critical Thinking (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 3513 Professional Ethics (3 credit hours) or
  • PHIL 3713 Symbolic Logic (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses in Psychology

Psychology electives at 2000 level or above (6 credit hours)

NOTE: The number of credit hours in required psychology courses is limited to 43 for the B.S., and no more than 52 credit hours in psychology count towards the 124 credit hours required for graduation.

To declare psychology as your major, please contact Dr. Melissa Hakman ([email protected]; 405-208-5397).

Full-time Psychology Faculty

  • Amy Cataldi, Ph.D.: dean; professor of Psychology; experimental faculty
  • Melissa Hakman, Ph.D.: chair and director of PsyD program; professor of Psychology; clinical faculty
  • Lori Holmquist-Day, Ph.D., ABPdN: clinical assistant professor of Psychology; clinical faculty
  • Noel Jacobs, Ph.D.: associate professor of Psychology, clinical faculty
  • Yi Shao, Ph.D.: professor of Psychology; experimental faculty
  • Bill Sharp, Ph.D.: coordinator of clinical training; clinical assistant professor; clinical faculty

Psychology Staff

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