Psychology is the scientific study of human mental processes and behavior. Psychology professionals often are dedicated to helping people with psychological or social problems. These professionals spend the majority of their time interacting with clients, and work mainly in human service organizations, schools, health care settings, and clinics. Psychology professionals also are dedicated to understanding all facets of behavior, including cognitive processes, social interactions, human development, the influence of biology on psychology, and even the study of animals. All of these areas contribute to a complete understanding of the psychology of the human being.
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology and Human Services, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology for students with pre-Doctorate of Occupational Therapy status, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology for students with pre-Physician Assistant Studies status. All of the Bachelor's degrees prepare the student well for graduate school or employment in a variety of fields, and the Applied Psychology and Human Services degree is specifically designed for the student interested in starting her career in the helping professions immediately upon graduation.
The student must maintain good academic standing, which means that the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. In addition, Psychology majors must receive a grade of “C” or better (with a limit of one “C-“) in all major courses, including both Psychology and Human Services major courses. Should a student attain a grade below the allowed grade in any major course, the student will have one opportunity to repeat the course at College of Saint Mary in order to raise her grade.
Degrees and Certificates
Applied Psychology and Human Services, B.A.,Bachelor of Arts
Psychology (PSYOTD), B.A.,Bachelor of Arts
Psychology, B.A.,Bachelor of Arts
Psychology for Pre-PAS Status, B.S.,Bachelor of Science
Minor in Psychology,Minor
Explores the science of human behavior and mental and emotional processes. The goal of this course is to survey the basic concepts and research in the field.
Examines experimental research methods in depth, and involves analyzing and designing experimental research studies. To be taken concurrently with PSY 302.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of human behavior within the organizational environment and includes topics such as group dynamics, effective communications, potential impact of organizational structure on communications and processes, and change management. (Also listed as BUS 325 and SOC 325.)
Explores major theories and intervention strategies of counseling and psychotherapy, and involves the practice of skills for crisis intervention and other methods of short-term counseling.
Explores the complex interaction between the physiological and psychological components of the human being, with an emphasis on brain function and the effects of the body's chemicals on our thoughts and behaviors.
A course not regularly included in the curriculum will occasionally be offered for psychology credit. Subject matter of the course varies.
Involves active, faculty-guided research in the field. Students will work under the direct supervision of faculty on a psychological research project and participate in the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of the research. Students and faculty will agree on the scope and duration of the work at the beginning of the semester, as well as the amount of credit received.
Assesses the origins, treatments, and effects of psychological disorders.
Assesses the origins, treatments, and effects of abnormal psychological disorders that are particularly prevalent in children and adolescents.
Advances the student's knowledge of psychology through integrative review of psychology focusing on the history of the field, classic studies, and an application of psychological concepts to the student's life and to careers in the field. The student also will complete an in depth literature review pater to prepare for PSY 492.