Program Requirements

Admission and Progression

Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program are subject to two different minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) standards. Students who are enrolled in courses that are prerequisites for psychology courses (100/200 level) or general education courses required for the degree must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students are, however, advised that maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.00 is not sufficient to meet the standard for enrollment into upper level psychology courses or to
graduate from the psychology program. Psychology courses are those courses that have the prefix PS.
Upper-Level Major Course Requirements
Continuation in the upper level psychology major courses requirements:
1. Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or have a growth plan in place;
2. Submit to criminal background screening when agencies require it; cost incurred by students (except in Minnesota); and
3. Earn a minimum of “C” in all Psychology major and minor courses.

Failure to meet the above criteria will result in students not being able to progress further in or complete the program. Once the minimum status is reobtained, progression and completion in the program will resume.
In situations where students do not meet progression requirements, students may still progress in the upper-level psychology courses with psychology program director approval and a growth plan in place. In such cases, students will be given a growth plan indicating which requirement was not met the process the student will take to meet the requirement the length of time the student has to meet the minimum requirement If the student does not meet the minimum requirement in the time allotted in the growth plan, the student will be not be allowed to progress in the upper-level psychology courses required of the program. Growth plans will be valid for one academic year (two semesters).
A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is granted by Presentation College to students who have met the requirements of the Psychology major, as well as all requirements of Presentation College.. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher is required to graduate from the program.

Course Descriptions

PS133 General Psychology

3 credits

This course is a study of the physiological and intrapsychic basis of behavior; the theories of learning, thinking and behavior; and the techniques of studying human behavior.


PS153 Developmental Psychology

3 credits

This course is a study of all phases of the developmental cycle from conception to death. Special emphasis will be placed upon the psychic development that accompanies biological growth, transitions from one life stage to another, and the tasks uniquely attributed to the various stages. Prerequisite: PS133.


PS313 Theories of Personality

3 credits

This course studies major theories of personality, emphasizing a scientific approach to the study of the individual utilizing the four “D”s of personality: Description, Development, Dynamics and Determinants. Prerequisite: PS133.


PS324/SW324 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

4 credits

This course is a study of the contributions of behavioral and social sciences to a systems perspective of human relationships. It is designed to assist a student in developing an understanding of human behavior across the lifespan. Prerequisite: PS133.


PS333 Child and Adolescent Psychology

3 credits

This course emphasizes the humanness of psychological disorders and their effects upon individual, family and social systems. The focus is on the development of children/adolescents and the issues they face each day with friends, families and teachers. Prerequisite: PS133 and PS153 (or concurrent).


PS343/SO343 Social Psychology

3 credits

This course provides the opportunities to explore the causes and effects of human behavior in groups through theoretical readings and personal experiences. This includes how we come to perceive ourselves and our world, how our attitudes form and change, what influences our behavior in groups, conformity, violence, attraction, and helping behaviors for self-understanding and personal and social transformation. Prerequisite: SO103 or PS133.


PS353 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

This course focuses on maladaptive behavior and mental disorders. Consideration is given to causes and symptom patterns found in the psychoses, minor mental disorders and character disorders. Basic concepts of therapy are presented. Prerequisite: PS133.


PS355 Variable Topics in Psychology

3 credits

Variable topics courses explore various areas of psychology according to need and interest of students. Prerequisite: PS133.


PS373 Psychology of Film

3 credits

This course will engage the student in film review related to psychological themes of not only the subject matter of the film but of the actors, directors, and technical aspects as well. The various mental health diagnoses will be included in the reviews and discussions.


PS383 Tests and Measurements

3 credits

This introductory course will present the methodological, theoretical, and ethical problems involved in test construction and use. All matter of psychological testing will be discussed. Prerequisite: PS133 and PS153.


PS393 Psychology of Aging

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide an orientation to aging processes in adulthood and later life. Students will be introduced to basic theoretical models, research methods, and current information on the psychology of adulthood and aging and shown how these concepts can be applied to understanding and helping older adults. Prerequisite: PS133 and PS153.


PS395/HW395 Sports Psychology

3 credits

A study of psychological development as it relates to sports and exercise. This course will examine the influence of psychological factors on performance in sports and exercise such as anxiety, motivation, athlete personality, concentration, and confidence. Prerequisite: PS133.


PS402 Senior Seminar in Psychology

2 credits

The focus of the Senior Seminar in Psychology is to provide the student with an intellectual appreciation of significant issues in contemporary psychology and problems of the future. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Psychology.


PS403 Psychology Internship

3 credits

The Psychology Internship allows students to integrate what they have learned in an academic setting with relevant experience in a business, service agency or educational institution. It will provide an opportunity for students to evaluate the strengths and limitations of their current knowledge and to broaden and deepen their understanding of psychology. The experience is NOT meant to allow undergraduate students to practice actual psychotherapy or counseling. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in Psychology and Psychology Program Director permission.


PS413 Research Methods in Psychology

3 credits

This course is designed to teach the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis used in the study of psychology. Students will think critically in approaching potential research problems and evaluate a variety of methodological techniques. This course will also teach students how to read good research, as well as expose them to statistical software/packages. Prerequisite: MA243, PS133, PS153, PS353.


PS3003 Health Psychology

3 credits

This course invites students to examine their own health-related behavior and attitudes and to begin making healthful changes that are informed by health research. It is an examination of the psychological factors affecting wellness, including emotional, cognitive, social and behavioral aspects. This course will promote understanding of, and respect for, the differences among groups of people. Prerequisite: PS133 and PS153.


PS3013 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

3 credits

Industrial/Organizational Psychology examines the behavior of people at work from their point of entry into the workforce to retirement. Industrial Psychology is also known as „Personnel Psychology‟ which includes job analysis, employee recruitment and selection, performance appraisal and training and development. „Organizational Psychology‟ examines work motivation, job satisfaction and employee stress. Prerequisite: PS133 and SO103.


PS3023 Forensic Psychology

3 credits

The American Academy of Forensic Psychology notes that „forensic psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system‟. This course focuses upon the criminal justice system and does not address civil cases. When a crime appears to have been committed and authorities have been notified, the criminal justice system is set in motion. The criminal justice system is the societal response to crime and includes three major activities – law enforcement, the judicial process, and corrections. In this course, forensic psychology is the application of psychology to these three components of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: PS133, SO103 and one Foundational Science Course.


PS3033 Psychopharmacology

3 credits

This introductory course focuses on the structure and processes of psychopharmacology. Consideration is given to DSM-IV TR diagnosis; the effects and side effects of pharmacotherapy; counseling, monitoring and discontinuance of medications per client. Prerequisite: PS133 and one Foundational Science Course.


PS3043 Pediatric Psychology

3 credits

The psychosocial and physiological aspects of children‟s health will be the focus of this course. Information about etiology and the developmental course of a variety of medical conditions will be reviewed as well as the impact that each condition has on the child, family and school. Prerequisite: PS133 and PS153 (or concurrent).


PS3053 Cognition and Learning

3 credits

In this course, the student will be introduced to the major themes of learning and cognition. This comprehensive course in cognitive psychology will include the concepts of memory, language, problem solving, knowledge, imagery, and decision making and how they apply to the student‟s everyday life. Prerequisite: PS133 and PS153.


PS3063 Positive Psychology

3 credits

Much of today‟s people psychology focuses on what‟s wrong with people. Positive psychology looks at what‟s right with people. This course will attempt to understand human strengths and virtues, as well as help students live happier, more productive lives.


PS3073 Psychology of Gender

3 credits

This course queries the biological and cultural factors that influence the development of gender roles and the development of identities and stereotypes of masculinity and femininity and what influence they may have on our lives at the personal, social, and institutional levels.