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Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) in psychology will develop an understanding of the complexity of behavior; be informed about its biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and cultural dimensions; and be able to apply empirical methods, interpretive skills, and faith in their chosen profession.

Major Requirements (BA)

Course descriptions for all PSYC courses are available at the bottom of this page.

Required prerequisite and supporting courses — Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490; 4 sh)

36 semester hours (sh) of major courses:
  • Required core courses — PSYC 1000, 2100, 3010, 3100, 3150, 3500, 4901
  • Choose one from PSYC 3200, 3600, 3700
  • Choose two courses from PYSC 3400, 3800, 3900

Major Requirements (BS)

Required prerequisite and supporting courses:

  • Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490; 4 sh)
  • 4 semester hours (sh) in life, physical, or mathematical sciences (approved by advisor)
52 sh of major courses:
  • Required core courses — PSYC 1000, 2100, 3010, 3100, 3150, 3500, 3910, 4901, 4902
  • Choose five courses from — PSYC 3200, 3400, 3600, 3700, 3800, 3900
  • Choose either PSYC 4790 or 4000

Notes:

  • All psychology majors must take and pass an objective comprehensive exam during their final semester; anyone failing that exam will be required to take and pass a departmental comprehensive essay exam. Students must enroll in PSYC 4901 (0 sh) to complete this requirement.
  • Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in psychology should consider the BS option; this curriculum offers the most thorough preparation for competitive graduate psychology programs.
  • PSYC 4970, the internship requirement, can be filled by one 4 sh internship or two 2 sh internships. Learn more about the internship process from the Office of Career Development and Internships.
  • Departmental Honors: Apply for admission to PSYC 4000 during your third year. If accepted with a faculty sponsor, a senior honors project may be completed, which may be especially helpful for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree.

Minor Requirements

20 semester hours (sh)
  • Prerequisite: Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490)
  • Require core courses: PSYC 1000, 2100
  • Elective courses: Any additional 12 sh in psychology

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all psychology courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

PSYC 1000 – Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the methodology and the major content areas of psychology.

PSYC 1200 – Stress and Health
Introduces the concepts of stress and health, including physical and psychological well-being, nutrition and exercise.

PSYC 2100 – Research Methods in Psychology
Introduces the methods and statistics used in the study of psychology, including case study, survey, observation, and experimentation. Special attention to the unique requirements of human subjects. Lecture plus lab experience.

PSYC 2700 – Human Lifespan Development
Studies physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development across the human lifespan. The course incorporates theories, methods, and research with both children and adults.

PSYC 3010 – Behavioral Neuroscience
Explores how biological mechanisms interact with experience to create behavior, with an emphasis on components of the nervous system, and the biological bases of the sensory systems. Labs included.

PSYC 3100 – Learning and Cognition
Examines some of the central aspects of behavior and mental life: classical and operant conditioning, remembering, forgetting, solving problems, making decisions, and communicating. Combines experimental data, everyday experience, and psychological theory. Lecture plus lab experience.

PSYC 3150 – Developmental Psychology
Explores the nature and course of physical, social, and cognitive development and patterns of growth, change, and stability in behavior that occur throughout the entire lifespan. Special attention to developmental research.

PSYC 3200 – Personality
Focuses on the scientific investigation of individuals' characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving from a psychological perspective. Includes historical and contemporary approaches, current research, personality assessment, and the application of personality concepts in everyday life. Lecture plus lab experience.

PSYC 3400 – Psychological Testing
Studies the history, principles, and applications of psychological testing and assessment. Included are: the functions of psychological testing; technological and methodological components such as reliability and validity; test development and construction. Particular focus on the theories and uses of intelligence and personality tests. Lecture plus lab experience.

PSYC 3500 – Social Psychology
Introduces the study of human behavior in groups, including social cognition, social influence, attribution, social comparison, attraction and friendship, stereotypes, and the self. The course incorporates theory, research, and application.

PSYC 3600 – Abnormal Psychology
Studies psychological disorders, etiologies, assessment, and interventions. This includes the history of abnormal psychology; theory and research; and biological, psychological, and social approaches to treatment. Field visits and extensive use of video recordings are included.

PSYC 3700 – Counseling Psychology
Introduces research and principles, theories, and techniques of counseling. Emphasizes the practice and mastery of basic listening and responding skills; sound judgment and the limits of practice; and professional ethics. Lab experience using video recordings of skills practiced by the students.

PSYC 3800 – Perception
Studies the relationship between the external world and our internal representation of it151the world as we perceive it. Considers the bases of accurate perception, factors contributing to perceptual distortion and disability, the dimensions and processes of consciousness, and the nature of reality. Lecture plus lab experience.

PSYC 3900 – Psychology of Language
Examines the nature and origin of human language and what is known about how humans speak, listen, comprehend, converse, and read, as well as how language influences other aspects of cognition. Included are the neurological and social underpinnings of language, time-course of acquisition, sign language, bilingualism, and animal language.

PSYC 3910 – Topics in Psychology
Studies in depth and detail selected topics in psychology. Repeatable.

PSYC 4000 – Departmental Honors in Psychology
Studies an approved research topic in depth and detail under the supervision of department faculty. Involves a literature review, design of a study, analysis, and write-up. The final paper is presented to the larger university and/or psychological community. Students may register for PSYC 4000 in one semester for 4 sh, or two semesters for 2 sh each. Student must have approval of the project proposal by the department faculty and assignment of the supervisor.

PSYC 4400 – History and Systems of Psychology
A capstone seminar for students applying to graduate programs in psychology. A systematic review of the roots of psychology in philosophy and physiology; emphasizes the historical development of and connections in thought and methods among major subfields of contemporary psychology. Admission to the course is limited to third and fourth year psychology majors who obtain permission of the instructor based upon superior grade point averages.

PSYC 4901 – Psychology Comprehensive Exam
All majors are required to complete and pass the psychology comprehensive exam prior to graduation. Students should enroll in PSYC 4901 in their final fall or spring semester at North Park University. The psychology comprehensive exam is a cumulative exam covering all content in major PSYC courses offered at North Park University.

PSYC 4902 – Psychology Portfolio
Reviews academic progress, career planning and exploration, and evidence of major outcomes in psychology through personal reflection. Student will submit an organized sample of education work samples and skills for review. Independent study.

PSYC 4910 – Independent Study in Psychology
Studies in detail a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a department faculty member whose approval is required for the course. Repeatable.

PSYC 4930 – Directed Research
This course is open to students with an interest in a special topic in psychological research. Students must be a psychology major, in their final year, with a minimum Psychology GPA of 3.0. Students will work under the direction of a faculty mentor on a novel research project. Permission of the faculty mentor and departmental approval is required prior to enrollment in this course.

PSYC 4970 – Internship in Psychology
Please refer to the internship section of the catalog for requirements and guidelines.

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