Degree: B.S., Psychology
Department of Psychological Science
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program provides students with a sound introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline, including both traditional areas and more recent trends and theoretical developments. Psychology majors receive extensive training in methodology and statistics. The study of psychology emphasizes critical thinking and the development of writing, oral communication, and research skills.
Students are exposed to the variety of subject areas that define the field of psychology and are given the opportunity for hands-on, empirical work. Many students work on research teams and do year-long research projects under the direction of an individual faculty member. Many of these students present their research at national conferences and publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. A variety of internships are offered at local businesses and social service agencies.
Course sequences prepare students for either graduate work or employment immediately after graduation. Employment options include research in various business settings; social work; human resource management; computer applications; and counseling and case management in social service and mental health settings like probation and parole, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, and adolescent/adult group homes. The curriculum also provides an excellent preparation for professional school and graduate study in psychology. Courses offered in collaboration with Business Administration explore the application of psychological principles and research methods to various work environments for students interested in careers in management, human resources, organizational behavior, organizational development, and industrial/organizational psychology.
The department sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honorary society in psychology, which annually sponsors an undergraduate research symposium at which students present both course and team research projects. Students are encouraged to be members of the Virginia Association for Psychological Science and present their research at meetings of the Association. Each year the department awards over $20,000 in scholarships specifically to Psychology majors. These scholarships include the J. Christopher Bill Scholarship, the Minnie Rob Phaup Scholarship, the Emily Cella Scholarship, the Burney Lynch Parkinson Scholarship, the James and Deborah Llewellyn Scholarship, and the C. Jarrett and Hazel Small Wilkins Scholarship. The department also presents the Outstanding Senior Psychology Award to a graduating major.
Department facilities include computer laboratories suitable for both general student use and specialized work in cognition, sensation and perception, and physiological psychology; an animal laboratory complete with a vivarium, surgery, shop, and computerized experimental controls; a computerized video laboratory for studying social, developmental, and group processes; a number of rooms and a variety of equipment suitable for conducting empirical research with human participants; facilities for psychological testing; and computerized physiographs and an eye tracker for use in experimental and clinical applications.
The UMW Psychology and NECC Collaboration
UMW students may enroll in a semester long program in Boston at The New England Center for Children working with children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Students must have completed 12 hours in Psychology, and either PSYC 253 Fundamentals of Learning and Motivation or PSYC 320 Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth, to be eligible for this program. Students will enroll in two courses that will count as electives in the UMW Psychology major (PSYC 401 Behavior Assessment, PSYC 402 Principle of Behavior Analysis, PSYC 403 Behavioral Interventions, PSYC 404 Methods of Evaluation, or PSYC 405 Evidence-based Teaching, and spend about 30 hours each week gaining hands-on experience as student teachers. This experience will result in six internship credits and six course credits for the semester.
Students will enroll at UMW and pay for full-time tuition and fees (in state or out of state as appropriate), as well as the current cost of double occupancy housing. NECC will provide housing in close proximity to the Center; the student is responsible for the cost of their own food.
To obtain more information about this program, please see the Psychological Science Department chairperson, or the Psychology website.
A minimum of thirty-seven (37) credits in Psychology (PSYC) courses, including:
|All of the following|
|PSYC 100||General Psychology||3|
|PSYC 261||Introductory Statistics for Psychology with Lab||4|
|PSYC 362||Research Methods for Psychology||3|
|Select one course from each of the following Core areas:|
|Psychopathology, Personality and Social Psychology||3|
|Psychology of Personality|
|Cognitive Neuroscience 1|
|Sensation and Perception 1|
|Cognition and Learning||3|
|Fundamentals of Learning and Motivation|
|Cognitive Neuroscience 2|
|Sensation and Perception 2|
|Infant and Child Development|
|Adolescent and Emerging Adult Development|
|Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth|
|Psychology of Human Sexuality|
|Psychology of Women and Gender|
|One of the following: Research in Psychology||3-4|
|Research Seminar in Psychopathology, Personality, or Social Psychology with Lab|
|Research Seminar in Biological Psychology with Lab|
|Research Seminar in Cognition or Learning with Lab|
|Research Seminar in Developmental Psychology with Lab|
|Individual Research 3|
|One of the following: Out-of-Class Experience||0-3|
|40 Hour Community Service 4|
and Individual Research
|Additional elective courses in Psychology to meet the 37 credit requirement 5, 6||Variable|
If this course is taken to fulfill the Biological Requirement, then it cannot count toward the Cognition and Learning Requirement.
If this course is taken to fulfill the Cognition and Learning Requirement, then it cannot count toward the Biological Requirement.
This course fulfills the out of class experience and the Research in Psychology core requirement.
The community service option requires at least 40 hours of volunteer work at an approved community service site or at least 20 hours at each of two sites, and attending one reflection session per site during each semester of service. Students completing their community service during their last semester must complete all requirements by March 15 for May graduation and November 15 for December graduation. While this option carries 0 credit hours, it does complete the Out-of-Class Experience requirement. Students using this option will need to take an additional 3 credits of electives to meet the minimum 37 credit hours required for the major.
If the Community Service Learning option is used to satisfy the requirement, an additional 3 credit hours in electives will be needed to meet the minimum 37 credit hours required for the major.
IDIS 301 Sport Psychology can counts as an elective in the Psychology major. The number of elective credits required varies depending upon the option one selects to meet the out of class experience requirement.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A., B.S. or B.S.Ed. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S./B.S.Ed. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S./B.S.Ed. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
Psychological Science Department
Miriam N. Liss, Chair
Christine A. McBride, Career Advisor
Laura C. Wilson, Community Service Learning Advisor
Mindy J. Erchull, Psi Chi Advisor
Mindy J. Erchull
Miriam N. Liss
Christine A. McBride
Holly H. Schiffrin
David W. Kolar
Virginia H. Mackintosh
Jennifer R. Mailloux
W. David Stahlman
Hilary E. Stebbins
Laura C. Wilson
Marcus L. Leppanen
Erin N. Palmwood