Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Program Contact: Anne Eisbach 203-582-8455
Psychology explores phenomenon from multiple perspectives and is an ideal starting point for many careers. Our students go on to graduate level work in psychology and pursue careers in a wide range of fields including school psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and many mental health fields. This degree also prepares students for success in fields such as law, education and business, which require strong critical-thinking skills and a solid understanding of interpersonal relationships. In this program, students work with experienced faculty members who research intriguing topics, such as how we read stories, workplace relationships, aggressive behaviors, and mindfulness.
Academic studies will be augmented by lab courses that involve designing psychological studies and collecting data. Students can participate in supervised fieldwork in the applied clinical science concentration, preparing them for careers in counseling. Or, students can choose the industrial-organizational psychology track, which focuses on relationships in work environments. Our Psychology majors graduate well prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue an advanced degree.
Quinnipiac provides real-world experience based on students' interests. In addition to participating in summer research projects at institutions across the country, our students have interned at a battered women’s center, psychiatric in-patient clinics and national corporations.
BS in Psychology Curriculum
Students seeking a BS in Psychology must complete requirements for the University Curriculum. In addition to the lab-based science required by the University Curriculum, Psychology majors must complete one additional lab-based science course outside of psychology, one additional social science outside of psychology, one course that explores issues of multiculturalism and/or diversity, and a foreign language up to the 102-level. NOTE: The department strongly encourages psychology majors to take courses in biology.
Within the major, Psychology students take a set of courses that emphasize scientific reasoning. After taking PS 101, all majors take PS 206, PS 307, PS 308, and PS 401. All students must complete PS 206, PS 307 and PS 308 in separate semesters. The capstone course, PS 401, must be taken in the senior year, following completion of PS 308. In each of the following sequence courses, students must earn a grade of C- or higher before moving on to the next course: PS 206, PS 307, PS 308. A C- is also required in PS 101 before students can move on to any 200-level PS course. PS 401, the capstone course, requires senior standing and must be taken as a seminar during the regular academic year.
In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Psychology must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|Psychological Science Core|
|PS 101||Introduction to Psychology 1||3|
|PS 206||Introduction to Statistics in Psychology 1||3|
|PS 307||Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 1||4|
|PS 308||Advanced Research Methods in Psychology 1||4|
|PS 401||Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors 2||3|
|Biological Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 252||Physiological Psychology||3|
|Cognitive Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 233||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|Developmental Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 236||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|Social Perspective (select one) 3|
|PS 261||Social Psychology||3|
|Scientist-Practitioner Perspective (select one)||3|
|Select one psychology course at the 200-level or higher||3|
|Select one psychology course at the 300-level||3|
|Additional Degree Requirements|
|Select one additional Natural Science course with a Lab||4|
|Select one Diversity/Multicultural course||3|
|Select one Social Science course outside of Psychology||3|
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher before moving on to the next course.
Senior standing required. Must be taken as a seminar during the regular academic year.
Additional courses may be designated to fulfill this requirement.
Psychology majors also have the opportunity to engage in supervised fieldwork and intensive study within one of two concentrations.
Applied Clinical Science Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the applied clinical science program within the psychology major. The program prepares students for careers related to clinical psychology and provides the basis for graduate work in fields such as social work, counseling and school psychology. A 3.0 overall GPA is required to participate in the ACS concentration fieldwork courses.
ACS students must take:
|PS 272||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PS 371||Clinical Psychology||3|
|PS 391||Applied Clinical Science Seminar (SL: Service Learning)||3|
|PS 393||Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL:Service Learning)||3|
|PS 394||Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL: Service Learning)||3|
The ACS program emphasizes:
- Mental health fields as possible careers.
- Conceptions of mental illness and the history of therapeutic methods.
- Counseling and other treatment techniques.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the industrial/organizational psychology program within the psychology major. The program exposes students to career possibilities in I-O psychology areas and provides the basis for further study related to fields such as I-O psychology and management. I-O psychology students must take:
|PS 265||Industrial-Organizational Psychology||3|
|PS 397||Fieldwork in Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Advanced Personnel Psychology|
|Advanced Organizational Psychology|
|Occupational Health Psychology|
The I-O psychology program emphasizes:
- The traditional research and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
- Using psychological principles to study and improve working conditions.
- Mindfulness of the changing nature of work and the ability of the field to make innovations to match such changes.
Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences
The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.
Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.
For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.