Experimental Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

Experimental psychologists use scientific methods to collect data and perform research that is integral to our understanding of psychological phenomena—from learning—to cognitive processes. Graduate-level research projects combined with discussion-rich courses and an abundance of clubs and internships, allow Western Psychology graduates to stand out from the pack when pursuing advanced degrees and competitive career fields.

Program Overview

Turn your passion for psychology into action.

The Experimental Psychology emphasis provides you with a comprehensive background in the biological bases of behavior and prepares you for graduate studies in experimental psychology or the neurosciences. Most graduate programs look for research experience in addition to strong GPAs and a passion for the field of psychology. At Western Colorado University, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own graduate-level research projects and receive one-on-one faculty support throughout the process.

Through a combination of discussion-rich courses and an abundance of clubs and internship opportunities, your experience at Western will ensure that you are well-prepared to work towards an advanced degree or pursue a meaningful career as a school psychologist, social worker or researcher.

Understanding human behavior

Psychology students research topics including the biological bases of behavior, human development, sensation, perception, intelligence, cognition, language, states of consciousness, learning, memory and much more.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
PSY 100 General Psychology (GT-SS3) 3 View
PSY 200 Statistics and Data Analysis 3 View
PSY 210 History of Psychology 3 View
PSY 301 Research Methods 3 View
PSY 335 Learning and Behavior 4 View
PSY 338 Cognitive Psychology 3 View
PSY 345 Biological Psychology (with laboratory) 4 View
PSY 380 Evolutionary Psychology 3 View
PSY 437 Behavioral Pharmacology 3 View
PSY 457 Social Psychology 3 View
PSY 498 Capstone Seminar in Psychology 3 View
PSY 499 Capstone Internship in Psychology 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Active Minds: An advocacy group that provides mental health education.
  • Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology.
  • Psychology Club: A place to participate in discourse and activities that are psychological in nature.
  • Research: Students can develop their own projects under faculty supervision or participate in internship activities. In you can envision a research project, then the Psychology program can help you create and execute it.

Experience in the field

Psychology majors work to gain field experience through direct, supervised contact with professionals in psychology and related fields. In addition to on-site responsibilities, students write a comprehensive paper integrating the field experience and psychological theory and later formally present the paper in an open forum.

Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Contact Information

970.943.7011

970.943.3380

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231