Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas for employment in America. As scientists, psychologists study two critical relationships: the relationship between brain function and behavior, and the relationship between the environment and behavior. As health service professionals, psychologists treat people with emotional and mental problems. Other psychologists concentrate on behaviors that affect healthy individuals, such as in the areas of business and athletics. To become a psychologist, one needs to complete a doctoral degree in psychology. The major in psychology at the University of Saint Francis is designed to prepare the student for further graduate study in psychology or related fields. Both the major and minor in psychology are also designed to help the student develop critical thinking, an appreciation for individual differences and an understanding of human behavior. These skills are useful in a number of different professions such that an undergraduate degree in psychology can be useful in preparing for a career in business, health science or other professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who major in Psychology at the University of Saint Francis will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base of psychology and application of psychological ideas
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry and critical thinking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Demonstrate competence in communication skills through academic writing
  • Demonstrate competence in communication skills through presentation of information
  • Demonstrate application of psychology-specific content and skills that support professional development

B.A. Psychology Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science, Psychology, requires 120 credit hours, which includes:

  • General Education Courses: 47-49 credit hours
  • Major Required Courses: 39 credit hours
  • Development Courses: 3 credit hours
  • Psychology Content-Specific Electives: 6 credit hours
  • Electives: 29-31 credit hours from any discipline to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours

B.A. Psychology Program of Study

  • Department Required Courses: PSYC 121, PSYC 232, PSYC 286, PSYC 325, PSYC 344, PSYC 350, PSYC 360, PSYC 420, PSYC 441, PSYC 495, PSYC 462, MATH 302
  • Development Courses (3 hours from): PSYC 326, PSYC 339, PSYC 385
  • Psychology Content-Specific Electives (6 hours from): PSYC 321, PSYC 345, PSYC 406, PSYC 412

B.A. Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements

B.A. Psychology Progression Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above.

B.A. Psychology Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Psychology program include the successful completion of program requirements with a minimum of 120 credit hours, including the completion of PSYC 495 Contextual Dimensions of Professional Psychology capstone course.


For more information about the B.A. Psychology program, please contact Dr. Monica Heller, the Program Director of Undergraduate Psychology, at or 260.399.7700, ext. 8424.