College of Arts and Sciences
206 Psychology Building, 419-372-2301
Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior and related mental and physiological processes. Psychology is a research science in which investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data describing human and animal behavior to shed light on the causes and dynamics of behavior patterns. As a profession, psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution or prevention of individual or social problems. The professional role also provides an opportunity for the psychologist to develop his or her understanding of human behavior and thus to contribute to the science of psychology.
The BGSU Department of Psychology includes six areas: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Developmental, Cognitive, Industrial-Organizational, and Social Psychology.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in psychology are expected to:
- Exhibit broad knowledge about human behavior from a variety of psychological perspectives (biological, cognitive, developmental, social);
- Demonstrate skills in research and other forms of inquiry in order to develop new knowledge about behavior;
- Communicate knowledge of psychology to others;
- Critically evaluate existing psychological knowledge.
A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (BA) is appropriate for students who are interested in studying human behavior in preparation for either employment in a field which requires both research understanding and people skills (e.g. business, community service agencies), or in preparation for graduate programs in applied fields of psychology (e.g. counseling, social work, management).
A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all PSYC courses is required for the degree.
BA Psychology Major (36 hours) minor required - Fall 2017 course requirements
A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (BS) is appropriate for students who are interested in a more math and science-oriented curriculum. This curriculum is well suited to students who hope to pursue further study in science-oriented psychology graduate programs (e.g., neurosciencec), or medical school (e.g., MD, psychiatry), or other health-related programs (e.g., pharmacy, physical therapy).
Bachelor of Science students are required to complete BIOL 2040 and BIOL 2050, MATH 1310, and PSYC 3700. These courses may also be counted toward BGP and Arts & Sciences requirements where appropriate. Students are encouraged to consider additional natural science courses to fulfill the Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component requirement.
A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all PSYC courses is required for
BS Psychology Major (36 hours) - minor required - Fall 2017 course requirements
Minor Choices for BS and BA Psychology majors:
- Cognate minor - limited to Psychology majors - Fall 2017 course requirements
- Science minor - limited to BS - Fall 2017 course requirements
- List of Minors - Fall 2017 course requirements
Psychology Minor (20
The minor in Psychology is available to any non-Psychology major. This minor allows students to take a variety of Psychology courses that are suitable for the student's career or graduate study goals. Students should choose courses according to their interests. For example, students interested in education might choose to take several electives in Developmental Psychology whereas students interested in business might choose electives in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
- PSYC 1010 (4)
- PSYC electives (16) - any courses in PSYC except PSYC 4890