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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Studying psychology offers critical insights into how the human mind works. Whether you want to help people cope with traumatic experiences as a clinical psychologist or utilize your knowledge in sales and marketing, psychology will open doors to a variety of meaningful careers.

Program Overview

Explore the infinite expanses of the human mind.

In Western’s Psychology program, you’ll investigate learning, health, social influences, perception, cognition, neuroscience, human development, personality and abnormal behavior. You’ll also gain valuable insights into the statistical and experimental methodologies that psychologists use in their practice. The program also offers immersive opportunities to conduct original research and apply your skills to internship opportunities in counseling, assessment and therapeutic intervention. Through the dynamic curriculum, you’ll gain the personal and professional skills you need to thrive in a variety of occupations or purse an advanced degree in psychology.

The Psychology program offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science track. View the B.A. requirements and B.S. requirements for more information.

Becoming a catalyst for change

A Psychology degree can open up a myriad of options for rewarding work in education, criminal justice, business, public health or private practice.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Psychology Standard Major - Bachelor of Arts

All B.A. majors must complete the 39 credit Psychology Core and require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 39 Psychology Core credits are required:
Psychology Core:
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3
PSY 150Writing in Psychology1
PSY 200Statistics and Data Analysis3
PSY 215Psychology Seminar2
PSY 301Research Methods3
PSY 345Biological Psychology (with laboratory)4
One of the following:3
PSY 269
Human Sexuality
PSY 270
Development Psychology
PSY 290
Death and Dying
One of the following:3
PSY 258
Introduction to Personality
PSY 368
Psychopathology
PSY 410
Multicultural Psychology
PSY 457
Social Psychology
One of the following:3
PSY 310
Educational Psychology
PSY 338
Cognitive Psychology
PSY 361
Industrial and Applied Psychology
One of the following:3
PSY 369
Health Psychology
PSY 437
Behavioral Pharmacology
PSY 475
Clinical Psychology
Psychology electives (PSY 101:497)8
One of the following capstone courses:3
PSY 492
Independent Study
PSY 498
Capstone Seminar in Psychology
PSY 499
Capstone Internship in Psychology
Total Credits39

Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area III) 3
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3
PSY 100 General Psychology (GT-SS3) 3
 Credits15
Spring
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area II with lab) 4
PSY 150 Writing in Psychology 1
PSY 269 Human Sexuality 3
 Credits14
Year Two
Fall
Elective Elective or minor course 6
Gen Ed General Education (Area III) 3
PSY 200 Statistics and Data Analysis 3
PSY 369 Health Psychology 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Elective or minor course 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area II w/ lab) 4
PSY 215 Psychology Seminar 2
PSY 301 Research Methods 3
PSY 368 Psychopathology 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Fall
Elective Elective or minor course 3
Elective Elective or minor course (Upper division) 6
PSY 310 Educational Psychology 3
PSY 345 Biological Psychology (with laboratory) 4
 Credits16
Spring
PSY 338 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 437 Behavioral Pharmacology 3
Elective Elective or minor course
 Credits6
Year Four
Fall
Elective Elective or minor course (Upper division) 6
Elective Elective or minor course 3
PSY 380 Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 457 Social Psychology 3
 Credits15
Spring
PSY 410 Multicultural Psychology 3
PSY 498 Capstone Seminar in Psychology 3
Elective Elective or minor course 7
 Credits13
 Total Credits109

Spotlight

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Dillon Quitugua

Alumni

“I wanted to experience the opposite of warm and tropical. I had never seen snow in my entire life, and I wanted to live in a mountain town.”

Psychology

Gabriel Portis

Student

“I love the ways both my majors have rewired my way of thinking and the way I can apply them to make myself happier and more successful.”

Psychology

Skyeler Smith

Student

“The professors here are really encouraging when it comes to making your time at Western unique. It has been so easy for me to take opportunities and it’s easy for anyone to start their own club.”

Psychology

Rowan Block

Student

“My favorite thing about being involved so much in Residence Life is getting to meet new people every day.”

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Kaitlyn McKnight

Alumni

“My professors were really invested. The best part about Western was the fact that I had people who went above and beyond for me.”

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Scholarships

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Access to apply for scholarships through the portal is open through April 1.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Access to apply for scholarships through the portal is open through April 1.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 1 for 2023. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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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.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming first-year students.

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

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance 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. If you can envision a research project, then the Psychology program can help you create and execute it.

Real-world opportunities

Psychology students have opportunities to design, evaluate and conduct research or—depending on their interest—practice the hard and soft skills used in counseling, assessment and therapeutic intervention.

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Additional Resources

Psychology Club and Psi Chi

Psychology Club You don’t have to have a Psychology student to participate in the Psychology Club. We invite anyone to join, as we encourage diverseness of opinion and perspective. However, you …

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Psychology Conferences

Psychology Associations and Conferences Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) Western Psychological Association (WPA) American Psychological Association (APA) Association for the …

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Department Chairperson

Heather Thiessen-Reily, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Administrative Assistant

Patricia McCarthy

Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Administrative Assistant

Campus Location

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

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