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A Bachelor of Science in Psychology provides a strong scientific background in understanding the human mind and behavior. It is respected by a wide range of potential employers and graduate degree programs. Because an understanding of the mind and behavior is applicable to many settings, the Bachelor of Science in Psychology prepares students for diverse areas that are closely related to our students' personal and career interests. These areas of study include but are not limited to: clinical and health psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, behavioral neuroscience, child development, personality and social psychology, speech perception and the study of addictive behaviors. In addition to offering a wide range of course work, the psychology program encourages student learning through hands-on experience in clinical and applied organizational settings, indepth involvement in faculty research, and instructional practicum experiences. After obtaining a B.S. in Psychology, WSU Vancouver students wishing to further their education have been successful in gaining admission into Ph.D., M.A., M.S.W., M.I.T., and M.P.A. programs.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete the University-level General Education Requirements as described elsewhere in this catalog. Entering students must have at least a 2.0 transfer GPA. Above and beyond the General Education Requirements (GERs), the College of Liberal Arts requires an additional six semester hours of arts and humanities or social science course work, two semester hours of science with a lab, and a foreign languages requirement (either two years of the same language in high school or one year of the same language in college). A person may certify as a major after completion of 30 semester hours, Pysch 311 with a grade of C- or better, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Department Requirements

Core/Major Requirements:

  • Psych 105 Introductory Psychology
  • Biol 102 General Biology or Biol 106 Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology or Biol 107 Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics or Biol 101 Biology of Humans and Biol 105 General Biology Laboratory
  • Psych 311 Elementary Statistics in Psychology
  • Psych 312 Experimental Methods in Psychology

Three of the following (Group I):

  • Psych 372 Introduction to Physiological Psychology
  • Psych 384 Sensation and Perception
  • Psych 390 Operant Behavior
  • Psych 401 Historical Development of Psychology
  • Psych 470 Motivation
  • Psych 473 Advanced Physiological Psychology
  • Psych 490 Cognition and Memory

Two of the following (Group II):

  • Psych 321 Introduction to Personality
  • Psych 324 Psychology of Women
  • Psych 333 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psych 350 Social Psychology
  • Psych 361 Principles of Developmental Psychology
  • Psych 363 Psychology of Aging
  • Psych 412 Psychological Testing and Measurement
  • Psych 440 Clinical/Community Psychology
  • Psych 464 Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents

Electives within the major:

  • Psych electives (four credits)


Psychology course work can also be used toward the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences degree by pursuing the Personnel Psychology/Human Resource Management option, or either a major or minor concentration in psychology. (The department requirements listed above do not apply to these three options.) The B.A. in Social Sciences is a College of Liberal Arts degree. Therefore, students must complete the University GERs and the College of Liberal Arts requirements, in addition to a major and minor concentration as listed below. (Please see the Personnel Psychology/Human Resource Management section for that degree option.)

Primary concentration. Requires the accumulation of at least 24 credits of any psychology course work, with at least 15 of those credits being upper-division.

Secondary concentration. Requires the accumulation of at least 15 credits of any psychology course work with at least six of those credits being upper-division.

Formal or certified minor. Please refer to the information regarding the psychology minor below or use the link at the top of this section.


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