Psychology

FACULTY Professors Etaugh, Huffcutt, D.E. Montgomery (chair), Schmitt; Associate Professors Koeltzow, D.A. Montgomery, Roberts, Schweigert; Assistant Professors Bacon, Chaudoir, Hermann.

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior.  Its subject matter encompasses the thought and behavior, both typical and pathological, of adults, children, and even other species. The scientific method is the unifying thread of the discipline as psychologists utilize it to systematically answer the questions raised by human behavior.

The undergraduate degree in psychology provides the foundation for a variety of positions in social service, medical, and business settings and also serves as preparation for advanced study leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.

Facilities for students include the Child Study Center for research with children, a physiological psychology teaching lab, laboratory space for research, and a student resource room with wireless laptop availability. Faculty research areas include child development, human sexuality, psychology of women, personnel selection, health behavior change, neuroscience and addiction, environmental psychology, health and stigma, perception and attention, social anxiety, and self esteem. Undergraduate students frequently work with faculty on research projects; internships for course credit also are available at local mental health facilities.

Students transferring into psychology from other Bradley majors must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Psychology Major

To major in psychology the student must complete a minimum of 34 hours that will include:

  • PSY 104 (with a grade of C or better).
  • PSY 205 (with a grade of C or better).
  • PSY 206.
  • A minimum of one course from the each of the following categories. Only jr.-sr. level classes may be transferred from other institutions as category requirements.
    • Category A: Social & Cognitive Bases

      • PSY 304 Developmental Psychology
      • PSY 307 Cognitive Psychology
      • PSY 308 Social Psychology  
    • Category B: Biological Bases

      • PSY 302 Psychology of Learning
      • PSY 403 Physiological Psychology
      • PSY 404 Sensation and Perception  
    • Category C: Applications

      • PSY 310 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
      • PSY 320 Human Factors
      • PSY 335 Health Psychology
      • PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology
    • Category D: Quantitative and Integrative

      • PSY 411 Tests and Measurement
      • PSY 415 Intermediate Statistics
      • PSY 439 History of Psychology
      • PSY 452 Personality Theories & Theorists  
  • BIO 101, 102, or 200 (3 semester hours).
  • Nine additional semester hours (three courses) from any of the psychology course offerings (including those listed under item 4 above).
  • Only six hours of individual study courses (PSY 381, 382, 481, 491) will count toward the major.
  • Completion of Psychology Department senior assessment survey and standardized exam within the final semester at Bradley as an undergraduate.

Psychology Minor

To minor in psychology the student must complete a minimum of 18 hours which will include:

  • PSY 104 (with a grade of C or better)
  • One from the following core academic courses—PSY 302, 304, 307, 308, 345, 403, 404, 439;
  • Four other courses (12 semester hours) from the Psychology Department course offerings
  • Nine hours of psychology courses must be at the 300 level or above

Student may not count individual study courses (PSY 381, 382, 481, 491).

This is the official catalog for the 2011-2012 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.