2018_Psychology_Banner

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

Required Core - 16 semester hours

  • PSYC 101 General Psychology 
  • PSYC 202 The Psychology Major 
  • PSYC 371 Statistics in Psychological Research 
  • PSYC 373 Research Methods/Experimental Psychology AND 373L Lab 
  • PSYC 451 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 
  • PSYC 489 Senior Capstone

Experimental Area - Select one of the following:

  • EXS 250 Human Anatomy & Physiology AND 250L Lab 
  • PSYC 301 Sensation & Perception AND 301L Lab
  • PSYC 302 Principles of Learning & Memory AND 302L Lab

Biological/Health Area – Select one of the following: 

  • PSYC 313 Biological Psychology
  • PSYC 417 Health Psychology
  • SOC 471 Medical Sociology

Developmental Area – Select one of the following:

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

Social-Personality Area – Select one of the following:

  • PSYC 441 Social Psychology 
  • PSYC 461 Theories of Personality

Clinical Application Area – Select one of the following:

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

Diversity Area - Select one of the following

  • PSYC 266 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 348 Psychology of Religion
  • PSYC 465 Native American Psychology
  • SOC 483 Sociology of Gender Roles

Required Electives – Take 12 Credits

  • PSYC 424 Human Potential and Performance 
  • PSYC 481 Psychology and the Law 
  • PSYC 492 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 492 Psychology of Men 
  • PSYC 492 Service Learning in Animal Training 
  • PSYC 492 Disaster Preparedness Red Cross 
  • PSYC 492 Positive Psychology 
  • PSYC 492 Undergraduate Research Team 
  • PSYC 492 Graduate School Preparation 
  • PSYC 494 Internship

General Education Requirements

  • Gen Ed Mathematics 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Social Science 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Natural Science AND Lab 6-10 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 201 Composition II
  • SPCM 101 OR SPCM 215 OR SPCM 222 Speech

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Notes: This program guide serves as a resource for you. For official program requirements, please check with the official catalog at http://catalog.bhsu.edu.

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.