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BHSU Psychology Program

The Psychology major at Black Hills State University has a strong tradition of preparing students who excel in graduate programs and in their careers. Students study human behavior and the psychological, social, and biological processes that relate to that behavior.

With a degree in Psychology from BHSU, students are successful in graduate school and in pursuing careers as psychologists, social workers, career counselors, personnel and labor relations specialists, market researchers, and data analysts.

Why earn a psychology degree from BHSU?

  • Apply psychological research first hand by working closely with faculty conducting cutting-edge research
  • Study with highly qualified faculty who are experienced as instructors and trained in a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Participate in internships that allow you to actually work in the field with practicing psychologists

Psychology Major Course Requirements

Psychology Major

Required Core - 16 semester hours

  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 202 The Psychology Major
  • 3 PSYC 371 Statistics in Psychological Research
  • 4 PSYC 373/L Research Methods in Experimental Psychology & Lab
  • 3 PSYC 489 Senior Capstone

Experimental Area - Select one of the following:

  • 4 PSYC 301/L Sensation & Perception & Lab
  • 4 PSYC 302/L Principles of Learning and Memory & Lab

Biological/Health Area – Select one of the following: 

  • 3 PSYC 313 Biological Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 417 Health Psychology

Developmental Area – Select one of the following: 

  • 3 PSYC 221 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 325 Child & Adolescent Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 425 Gerontological Psychology

Social-Personality Area – Select one of the following: 

  • 3 PSYC 441 Social Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 451 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 
  • 3 PSYC 461 Theories of Personality

Clinical Application Area – Select one of the following: 

  • 3 PSYC 365 Contemporary Human Behavior 
  • 3 PSYC 452 Psychology of Trauma 
  • 3 PSYC 453 Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Required Electives – Take 6 credits of PSYC electives

  • 3 MATH 487 Design & Analysis of Experiments 
  • 3 PSYC 233 Applied Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 266 Psychology of Women 
  • 3 PSYC 301/L Sensation & Perception/Lab
  • 3 PSYC 331 Industrial & Organizational Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 348 Psychology of Religion 
  • 3 PSYC 405 Motivation and Emotion & 405L  
  • 3 PSYC 406 Cognitive Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 409 History & systems of Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 415/L Behavioral Genetics/Lab 
  • 3 PSYC 465 Native American Psychology 
  • 3 PSYC 491 Independent Study 
  • 3 PSYC 492 Special Topics in Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 492 Positive Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 494 Internship

Total 36


Psychology Minor

Minor in Psychology - 21/22 hours - Take the following:

  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • Any two additional courses from Psychology Department.

3 Developmental Electives - Take one of the following:

  • 3 PSYC 221 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 325 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 PSYC 425 Geontological Psychology

3 Experimental Electives - Take one course and corresponding lab if applicable.

  • 4 PSYC 301 Sensation and Perception/Lab
  • 4 PSYC 302 Principles of Learning & Memory/Lab
  • 3 PSYC 313 Biological Psychology
  • 4 PSYC 373 Research Methods in Experimental Psychology/Lab
  • 3 PSYC 417 Health Psychology

6 Social-Personality Electives - Take two courses from the following:

  • 3 PSYC 365 Contemporary Human Behavior
  • 3 PSYC 441 Social Psychology
  • 3 PSYC 451 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • 3 PSYC 461 Theories of Personality

 


Research Minor

Research Minor in Psychology
Students who have completed MATH 102 (College Algebra), MATH 281 (Introductory Statistics), and PSYC 373 & L (Research Methods in Experimental PSYC and Lab) with an overall grade point of 3.0, and who have permission from their faculty mentor will be admitted into the research minor in psychology.

Program Requirements

  • 6 RESR 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship

No more than three semester hours per semester. Work will be entirely with the faculty mentor.

  • 3 MCOM 488 Research Communication

To include advanced desktop publishing, oral communication, word processing & general photography techniques.

Restricted Electives

  • 3 MATH 487 Design of Experiments
  • 3 SS 350 Intro to Research Methods
  • 6 Supportive Electives*

*Courses not required in the Psychology major & approved by the committee


Career Opportunities

Psychology majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Animal Researcher
  • Career Counselor
  • Market Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Treatment Center Specialist

Learn more about careers

School Chair

Dr. James Hess
Office: Skywalk 214
Phone: 605.642.6850
Email: Jim.Hess@bhsu.edu

BHSU offers excellent undergraduate research opportunities.