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