The bachelor’s degree program in psychology at CSU-Pueblo offers a curriculum which provides the student with an overview of the major areas within psychology, along with the opportunity to select courses which fit their personal interests. Through psychology courses at CSU-Pueblo, a student can enhance their career opportunities and/or gain an academic grounding for professional and graduate training. Students who seek careers as professional psychologists should consider studies at the graduate level. Students are encouraged to take advantage of many opportunities in the psychology department including field placements and both laboratory and field-based research. There is a local chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, which encourages students to maintain excellence in scholarship. Students are encouraged to participate in both Psi Chi and the Psychology Club.
A total of 42 hours in psychology is required for the major. Psychology majors should consult a faculty adviser who will assist in selecting psychology courses to complete the major.
|Basic Core Requirements|
|PSYCH 100||General Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 103||Introductory Psychology for Majors||3|
|Quantitative Research Methods I|
and Quantitative Research Methods Lab I
|Quantitative Research II|
and Quantitative Research Methods Lab II
|PSYCH 401||History and Systems of Psychology||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Theories Of Personality|
|PSYCH 336||Learning and Motivation||3|
|or PSYCH 337||Memory and Cognition|
|Select one of the following:||4|
and Physiological Psychology Lab
and Perception Lab
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Select 9 credits of Psychology Electives||9|
|PSYCH 151||Human Development||3|
|PSYCH 205||Introduction to Sport Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 211||Women and Society||3|
|PSYCH 212||Psychology of Diversity||3|
|PSYCH 220||Drugs and Behavior||3|
|PSYCH 222||Understanding Animal Behavior||3|
|PSYCH 231||Marriage and Family Relationships||3|
|PSYCH 241||Human Sexuality||3|
|PSYCH 251||Childhood and Adolescence||3|
|PSYCH 291||Special Topics||1-4|
|PSYCH 351||Psychology of the Exceptional Individual||3|
|PSYCH 403||Emotional Intelligence||3|
|PSYCH 405||Positive Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 463||Psychopathology of Childhood||3|
|Systems of Counseling and Psycho-Therapy|
and Systems of Counselng & Psycho-therapy Lab
|PSYCH 465||Behavior Modification||3|
|PSYCH 475||Group Process||3|
|PSYCH 491||Special Topics||1-3|
|PSYCH 494||Field Experience||1-12|
|PSYCH 495||Independent Study||1-3|
Psychology majors will be required to complete a minor to fulfill the CHASS requirements of 18 credits outside of the major beyond their major requirements and the general education requirements. Please note: PSYCH courses cannot be included in this total.
Students must complete all of the major degree requirements. In addition, students must complete 8 credits in the natural sciences or math (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MATH, or PHYS) beyond their general education courses. EXHP 162 Personal Health (3 c.h.) and EXHP 162L Personal Health Lab (1 c.h.) cannot be used to satisfy the additional science requirement.
Students should be aware that there are prerequisites to some courses. For instance, it is important to note that 2 years of high-school algebra (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for PSYCH 207 Quantitative Research Methods I (3 c.h.) & PSYCH 209 Quantitative Research II (3 c.h.). Successful completion of PSYCH 207 Quantitative Research Methods I (3 c.h.) is the prerequisite for PSYCH 209 Quantitative Research II (3 c.h.). PSYCH 401 History and Systems of Psychology (3 c.h.) should not be taken until the senior year, preferably in the last semester before graduation.
- A maximum of 6 credit hours of field experience and/or independent study may be applied towards the required 42 total hours in psychology.
- Students may take PSYCH 491 Special Topics (1-3 c.h.) an unlimited number of times; however, only six credits may count toward the psychology major.
General Education requirements are to be taken outside of the major. Therefore, students who major in psychology may not use psychology courses for general education.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Upper Division Requirement
Psychology majors must take a minimum of 24 credits of upper-division coursework in psychology.
A minimum grade of C is required in all psychology courses counting toward the psychology major.
Students transferring from another institution and seeking a degree in Psychology must complete 21 hours of Psychology courses at Colorado State University-Pueblo with a minimum grade of C in all psychology courses. Of these 21 hours, a minimum of 12 must be upper-division credit.
Expected Student Outcomes
- Identify the major concepts and historical trends in psychology and evaluate theoretical perspectives.
- Apply basic research methods and ethical values in psychology, including design, data analysis using SPSS, and interpretation of results.
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing including APA style.
- Students will act ethically and responsibly—both individually and with others—demonstrating an awareness of and respect for diversity.
- Implement psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.
These expected learning outcomes apply for both the BA and the BS degrees in psychology.
Outcome Assessment Activities
- The presentation of an empirically-based research project immediately following PSYCH 209 Quantitative Research II (3 c.h.)/PSYCH 209L Quantitative Research Methods Lab II (1 c.h.). Each student presentation will be evaluated with the use of the Research Presentation Evaluation Form by psychology faculty.
- The use of counseling skills in a clinical field experience. Each student will be evaluated by the field experience agency and the psychology field coordinator with the use of the Field Experience Evaluation Form.
- An alumni survey is conducted every 5-7 years to assess the relevance of psychology courses in career development.