Psychology

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

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 a neuroscience teaching lab, laboratory space for research, and a student resource room with wireless laptop availability. A Child Study Center for research with children operates off-site.

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

The department offers a Psychology Major and an interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor.

Psychology Major

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

1. Foundation (13 hrs.)

Students must take all four Foundation courses.

Content:

  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology (3 hrs.) (with a grade of C or better)
  • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior (3 hrs.)         

Methodological:

  • PSY 205 Quantitative Methods (3 hrs.) (with a grade of C or better)
  • PSY 206 Experimental Psychology (4 hrs.) 

2. Core Distribution (9 hrs.)

Students must take 9 semester hours of Core Distribution courses, at least one course in each category.  PSY 206 is a prerequisite for all courses in Categories A and B.

Category A:

  • PSY 350 Developmental Psychology 
  • PSY 352 Personality Psychology
  • PSY 354 Social Psychology
  • PSY 356 Abnormal Psychology

Category B:

  • PSY 360 Psychology of Learning
  • PSY 362 Cognitive Psychology 
  • PSY 364 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 366 Sensation & Perception

3. Breadth: Electives (9 hrs.)

  • Nine additional semester hours from any of the psychology course offerings. 
  • A course satisfying the Elective requirement cannot also count toward satisfying another requirement (Foundation, Core Distribution, and/or Advanced).
  • Only three hours of individual study courses (PSY 341, PSY 342, PSY 481, PSY 491) will count toward satisfying the Elective category. 

4. Advanced (3 hrs.)

Any 400-level course (except PSY 481 and PSY 491)

5. Senior Exit Exam

Completion of Psychology Department senior exit exam within the final semester at Bradley as an undergraduate.

Note about transfer courses

Only Junior-Senior courses may be transferred from other institutions as Core Distribution or Advanced requirements.

Neuroscience Minor

Neuroscience is the scientific study of neural processes, structures, and behavior. It is excellent preparation for students considering medical and health-related professions, for those interested in working in biomedical research, and/or for students planning to pursue clinical or experimental psychology graduate degrees.

For more information, see Neuroscience Minor.