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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

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.

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.

Program Requirements

All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 38 credits is required:

PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3
PSY 200Statistics and Data Analysis3
PSY 210History of Psychology3
Psychology electives8-9
Select two of the following:6
PSY 270
Development Psychology
PSY 368
Psychopathology
PSY 460
Psychological Testing
PSY 475
Clinical Psychology
Select two of the following:6
PSY 258
Introduction to Personality
PSY 324
Forensic Psychology
PSY 361
Industrial and Applied Psychology
PSY 369
Health Psychology
PSY 457
Social Psychology
Select two of the following:6-8
PSY 301
Research Methods
PSY 335
Learning and Behavior
PSY 338
Cognitive Psychology
PSY 345
Biological Psychology (with laboratory)
PSY 380
Evolutionary Psychology
PSY 437
Behavioral Pharmacology
Select one of the following capstone courses:3
PSY 498
Capstone Seminar in Psychology
PSY 499
Capstone Internship in Psychology
Total Credits38-41

Capstone Course Requirement

The following courses in the Psychology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: PSY 498 Capstone Seminar in Psychology, or PSY 499 Capstone Internship in Psychology (with a minimum grade of “C” ).

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued.

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
MATH 140College Algebra (GT-MA1)3
ART 105Introduction to Art (GT-AH1)3
ENVS 100Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)3
Credits15
Spring
PSY 200Statistics and Data Analysis3
PSY 210History of Psychology3
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
ANTH 107Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)3
BIOL 130Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)3
BIOL 135Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
Credits16
Year Two
Fall
PSY 270Development Psychology3
PSY 258Introduction to Personality3
COM 151Introduction to Mass Media (GT-AH2)3
Elective Minor 3
Elective Minor 3
Credits15
Spring
PSY 368Psychopathology3
PSY 301Research Methods3
ANTH 218Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)4
ENG 205Introduction to Creative Writing3
Elective Minor 3
Credits16
Year Three
Fall
PSY 369Health Psychology3
PSY 345Biological Psychology (with laboratory)4
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Minor3
Credits16
Spring
PSY 361Industrial and Applied Psychology3
PSY 338Cognitive Psychology3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Minor3
Credits15
Year Four
Fall
PSY 457Social Psychology3
PSY 380Evolutionary Psychology3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Minor3
Credits15
Spring
PSY 437Behavioral Pharmacology3
PSY 498Capstone Seminar in Psychology3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Credits12
Total Credits120

Spotlight

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.”

Psychology

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.”

Psychology

Jes Vogan

Alumni

“My instructors really helped develop me as a young professional.”

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.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

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 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, 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 freshman 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 here (click). 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 freshmen.

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

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

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

Administrative Assistant

Patricia McCarthy

BASS Administrative Assistant

Campus Location

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

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