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Program Requirements for B.A.

Mission Statement

The Psychology Department at Mount St. Mary's College is teaching-oriented and student focused. Our goals for students, and our curriculum, reflect our concern that students have a broad knowledge base in psychology. This program prepares majors to develop as strong critical thinkers, researchers, exemplary communicators, informed and participatory citizens, and effective leaders. We value the ethical application of psychology in counseling settings, in the research laboratory, and as part of community service. The mission of the Psychology Department is to prepare our students to pursue advanced study, or to apply psychological knowledge in a variety of professions.

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements for Psychology B.A.

It is recommended that psychology majors take MTH 1 or MTH 10 (GS-IIIE) in preparation for PSY 40 Basic Statistical Methods.

In addition to fulfilling general studies requirements, all psychology majors are required to take the following courses:

Foundation Courses
  • PSY 1- Introduction to Psychology (GS-IIIF) (3)
  • PSY 12 - Child/Human Development (GS-IIIF) (3)
  • PSY 52 - Biological Psychology (GS-IIIF) (3)
  • PSY 52L - Biological Psychology Lab (1)

Methods Courses

  • PSY 40 - Basic Statistical Methods (GS-VIIB, IIIE) (3)
  • PSY 106 - Basic Research Methods (GS-VIIA) (3)
  • PSY 106L - Basic Research Methods Lab (1)

Core Courses

  • PSY 125 - Introduction to Counseling (3)
  • PSY 132 - Personality Theory (3)
  • PSY 145 - Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 168 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 134 - Learning and Memory Processes (3)
  • or PSY 160 - Cognition and Perception (3)

Specialization Courses (15)

Total Units for Major = 47
*PSY 1 is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses.

Psychology Major Specializations

Psychology majors must select a specialization. The specialization may be changed at any time with advisor authorization.

Undergraduate Psychology Policies

Majors must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in Psychology courses applied toward degree requirements. Grades of C - or lower must be repeated. Courses may only be repeated one time. The higher grade will be computed in the GPA. Students must successfully complete with a grade of C or higher any prerequisites before being admitted to courses with listed prerequisites. This policy may only be waived with instructor consent. Students must also complete General Studies requirements and electives for a total of 124 semester units, including the Modern Language requirement. At least 15 upper division units must be completed in the MSMC Psychology program.