The Psychology BS degree is a regimented degree plan for students who which to develop a focused set of skills in pre-selected areas so they can apply these skills in a technical setting or seek advanced graduate training.
Student Learning Outcomes
The BS degree program has more course requirements than the BA (i.e., fewer electives). The plan emphasizes research focused scientific and methodological training, as well as breadth in pre-selected areas of psychology and other fields (biology, chemistry, philosophy). As such, the BS degree program shares all of the same learning outcomes as the BA degree with the following BS-specific outcomes (green text).
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Outcome 1. Students will be able to identify, describe, and communicate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology
Outcome 2.1 Students will be able to design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations.
Outcome 2.2 Students will be able to design, implement, and communicate advanced research methods in two or more focused domains within psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations within each domain.
Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Outcome 3. Students will be able to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology
Outcome 4. Students will be able to apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
Goal 5. Values in Psychology
Outcome 5. Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and recognize their role and responsibility as a member of society.