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Student Learning Outcomes

Psychology BA

Learning Goals

Students who graduate with a major in psychology should have current knowledge of:

  • The major theories in psychology and their influences across subfields and time.
  • The major methodologies of psychological research and fundamental statistical concepts.
  • The biological processes underlying behavior.
  • Sensation, perception, information processing and retention.
  • How behaviors develop and change throughout the life span.
  • How internal, environmental, and social factors influence behavior.
  • Individual differences in behavior, including those related to gender, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Different perspectives on the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior.
  • Ethical issues in the teaching, research, and the practice of professional psychology.

Technical Skills

In the course of learning the above, students are expected to graduate with the ability to:

  • Design and implement research, analyze data appropriately and judge the significance of the findings.
  • Critically evaluate psychological research as well as the popular notions of human behavior.
  • Use the primary literature of the field and prepare a clear, organized summary of a topic.
  • Use computers for the preparation of manuscripts, the analysis of data, and communication.
  • Understand and work effectively with a diversity of individuals and groups.
  • Apply theory and research to contemporary problems.
  • Maintain currency in the field and utilize that knowledge in their lives.

MAPR Program

By the end of the M.A. program in psychological research, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Summarize and critique the psychology literature, particularly within their chosen area of specialization.
  • Use core theories from their area of specialization to guide the development and implementation of research studies.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the range of basic and applied research designs used to address psychological issues.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the development of research instruments and indicators of reliability and validity relative to one’s area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of analytic techniques that are used in psychology, particularly univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.
  • Communicate both orally and in writing at a level that is appropriate for professionals in their chosen area of specialization.

MSIO Program

An MSIO student will demonstrate competency:

  • as an informed consumer of the knowledge of the history and systems of psychology in general, and the history and systems of I-O psychology in particular.
  • as an informed consumer of the knowledge of core I-O content areas and a practitioner applying this knowledge to I-O issues in workplace settings.
  • as an applied researcher, demonstrating (a) the knowledge of basic applied research methods, (b) data collection and statistical analysis skills and abilities, (c) oral presentation skills, and (d) report writing skills.
  • as a culturally aware participant in diverse organizational settings.

MSHF Program

At the end of the program, students should have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of psychology to the design of jobs, information systems, consumer products, workplaces, and equipment to improve user performance, safety and comfort.
  • Apply methodologies that are used in the design of human-machine systems.
  • Design research to answer basic and applied issues in Human Factors.

    Psych Day will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Psychology Building Quad. Festivities include a graduate and volunteer fair, workshops, games and special speakers, beginning at 10:00 am. A buffet lunch will be offered for a small donation from 11:00 until 2:00. The keynote speaker, Dr. Collie Conoley, will present his research on Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy at 4:00 pm in the Beach Auditorium.

    Flyer announcing the keynote speaker:

    Psychology Undergraduate Advising done by ATLAS

    Please see ATLAS to declare Psychology as a major or minor, get Psychology advising, GE advising, class planning, Timely Graduation help and Grad Checks! ATLAS is located in Ph1 room 104.

    Looking to get Psychology Course Credits for courses from other schools or study abroad Click here for more information

    Psychology Resource Office (PRO) is now open. Click here for hours and more information.

    Upcoming Events

    The Psychology Colloquium series occurs every other Wednesday. Click here for information on time, date and speakers.


    The Psychology Student Study Center hours for Spring 2015 have been posted

    Click here to view our Spring 2015 courses!