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PsychologY AT BHSU

As a psychology major at Black Hills State University, you will have the unique opportunity to assist faculty members in conducting psychological research in your area of study as well as develop and conduct your own research all while earning course credit. Our majors have presented research at numerous professional psychological conferences at the regional, national, and international levels and have also published research in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. These research experiences have helped our graduates get into numerous Master’s and Doctoral programs throughout the country and have also prepared students for jobs.


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.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

Required Core - 19 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/Experimental Psychology AND 373L Lab 
  • 3  PSYC  451  Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 
  • 3  PSYC  489  Senior Capstone

4  Experimental Area - Select one of the following:

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

3  Biological/Health Area – Select one of the following: 

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

3  Developmental Area – Select one of the following:

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

3  Social-Personality Area – Select one of the following:

  • PSYC  441  Social Psychology 
  • PSYC  461  Theories of Personality

3  Clinical Application Area – Select one of the following:

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

3  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

12  Required Electives - Take 12 credits of PSYC electives

Supportive Electives - Take 1 course from each group below. Courses must be different than those used to satisfy Gen Ed & Major requirements

  • 3  Social Science:  AIS/LAKL, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, SPCM, PSYC, SOC
  • 3  Arts & Humanities:  ART, ARTH, ENGL, FREN, GER, HUM, MCOM, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, THEA

General Education Requirements

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

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

  • 3  PSYC 101  General Psychology
  • 6  PSYC Electives - Take any two courses from PSYC

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

C A R E E R  O P P O R T U N I T I E S

There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Animal Researcher
» Career Counselor
» Data Analyst
» Environmental Psychologist
» Forensic Psychologist
» Human Resources Specialist
» Human-Computer Interface Designer
» Market Researcher
» Social Worker
» Sports Psychologist
» Treatment Center Specialist
» User Experience Researcher


The Black Hills Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference to showcase undergraduate research activity in the Black Hills region. We invite submissions from undergraduate and graduate university students in the Black Hills to present posters or to give oral presentations describing completed scholarly work.


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