Psychology BS

By studying human behavior, you will learn how people think and how they act, so you can improve lives and effect change in the world.

Psychology BS

Psychology is the study of human behavior. One of our most popular programs, the Maria psychology major gives you the flexibility and foundation to pursue a variety of interests and options.

Some students enroll in our program as preparation for graduate school and careers in counseling or as school, clinical, or forensic psychologists. Other students plan to enter the workforce immediately after earning their BS.

Areas of employment growth in psychology include organizational and industrial psychology and geropsychology, which focuses on helping seniors maintain well-being and cope with age-related changes. Psychology graduates also put their skills and education to work in government, customer service, rehabilitation, and many other fields.

A Customized Approach to Earning a Psychology Degree


Our BS in psychology requires students to complete 120 credits. Of these, 24 are free electives—enabling you to transfer credits from another major or develop an area of specialization.

An Internship Experience to Prepare You for the Field


Maria’s psychology program focuses on work-readiness. As a psychology major, you will be required to complete an internship. Your academic advisor will help you find an opportunity that reflects your interests.

You will also take two courses on research methods and have the option of participating in undergraduate research. The combination of work- and research-related experience helps ensure that you graduate with the necessary preparation, whether you choose to continue your education or begin your career. For more information about degree programs in psychology, contact our admissions office. Register for a visit today!

  • Program Learning Goals & Outcomes

    Goal 1:  Knowledge Base in Psychology

    1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
    1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
    1.3 Describe applications of psychology.

    Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking

    2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
    2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
    2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
    2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
    2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

    Goal 3: Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

    3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
    3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships.
    3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.

    Goal 4: Communication

    4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes.
    4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes.
    4.3 Interact effectively with others.

    Goal 5: Professional Development

    5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
    5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation.
    5.3 Refine project-management skills.
    5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity.
    5.5 Development meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.

  • Course Overview

     

    Group I: Psychology Core (27 credits)

    Course

     

    Credits

    PSY 100

    General Psychology

    3

    PSY 102 

    Exploratory Psychology

    3

    PSY 205 

    Interpersonal Psychology

    3

    PSY 350 

    Research Methods I

    3

    PSY 360 

    Research Methods II

    3

    PSY 400 

    Internship in Psychology

    6

    PSY 430 

    History and Systems of Psychology

    3

    PSY 450 

    Capstone in Psychology

    3

    Group II: Psychology Electives

    (Select 7 courses with three at 300/400 level)

    PSY 200 

    Developmental Psychology

    3

    PSY 201 

    Psychology of Learning

    3

    PSY 202 

    Adolescence Psychology

    3

    PSY 203 

    Child Psychology

    3

    PSY 204 

    Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

    3

    PSY 209 

    Psychology of Aging

    3

    PSY 232 

    Positive Psychology

    3

    PSY 270 

    Social Psychology

    3

    PSY 300

    Organizational Psychology

    3

    PSY 315 

    Psychology of Criminal Behavior

    3

    PSY 320 

    Psychology and the Media

    3

    PSY 330 

    Psychology of Terrorism

    3

    PSY 340 

    Cognitive Psychology

    3

    Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
    (48 credits)
    Cultural Studies (6 credits): CUL 310, CUL 410

    English (12 credits): ENG 111, ENG 211,
    ENG 300 or 400 level electives (6 credits)

    History (6 credits): HIS electives
    Religious Studies/Philosophy (12 credits):
    RES 201, 9 credits of RES/PHI electives

    Science/Mathematics (9 credits): MAT 106,
    MAT 200; any BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI elective

    Sociology (3 credits): SOC 101

    Free Electives (24 credits)
    18 credits at any level
    6 credits at the 300/400 level

     

  • Course Sequence

    First Year: First Semester                 

    Course

     

    Credits

    ENG 111

    Composition I

    3

    PSY 100

    Intro to Psychology

    3

    SOC 101

    Intro to Sociology

    3

    RES/PHI

    Religious Studies/Phil. Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    First Year: Second Semester

    MAT 106

    College Algebra

    3

    PSY 102

    Exploratory Psychology

    3

    PSY 205

    Psychology of Interpersonal Relations

    3

    RES/PHI

    Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Second Year: First Semester                 

    ENG 211

    Critical Inquiry and Writing

    3

    MAT 200

    Statistics

    3

    HIS

    History Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    18

    Second Year: Second Semester

    RES 201

    Foundations in Social Justice

    3

    BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI

    Science Elective

    3

    HIS

    History Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 200 Level Elective

    3

       

    15

    Third Year: First Semester              

    CUL 310

    Cultural Studies I

    3

    PSY 350

    Research Methods I

    3

    ENG

    English 300/400 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 300/400 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Third Year: Second Semester

    CUL 410

    Cultural Studies II

    3

    PSY 360

    Research Methods II

    3

    RES/PHI

    Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 300 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Fourth Year: First Semester                 

    PSY 430

    History and Systems of Psychology

    3

    ENG

    English 300/400 Level Elective

    3

    PSY

    Psychology 300/400 Level Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective, 300/400 Level

    3

     

    Free Elective, 300/400 Level

    3

       

    15

    Fourth Year: Second Semester

    PSY 400

    Internship in Psychology

    6

    PSY 450

    Capstone in Psychology

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    12

Maria Stories

Kari Lentchner '18, Psychology BS, came to Maria with the intention of becoming a nurse. Because of her passion and work experience for the field of Autism, she was introduced to Maria's psychology major.

Gillian, psychology student

Department Chair Dr. Peter Byrne, PhD, and a student talk about the benefits of pursuing a Bachelor's in Psychology degree at Maria. 

Krista Barbour shares about her internship experience at the Albany County Probation Department. She is very excited to become a parole officer.