Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychological Science, B.S.

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Department Contact:

Department Chair: Dr. Suzanne Black

Program Description:

The Psychology program at Saint Francis University is grounded in the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education and the learning goals identified by the American Psychological Association. This program is designed to introduce students to natural and social scientific investigations of behavior and mental processes preparing students for their futures as responsible global citizens. The psychology curriculum engages students in research and scholarly activities, while also encouraging them to apply coursework in internships, study abroad opportunities, and/or community service. Graduates of the psychology program are prepared for entry-level employment in the community and social service field and for advanced study in graduate or professional schools.


The Psychology department offers a Bachelor of Science degree, with various concentrations to align with the student’s interest. Those students who wish to pursue a psychology degree without a concentration can choose the B.S. in Psychological Science, which requires the student to choose a minor or a second major unless they are undertaking a concentration.


Students who plan to seek admission to a graduate program in Psychology are STRONGLY urged to complete a research project that is suitable for presentation or publication.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Demonstrate the skills involved in the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
  • Articulate and demonstrate the ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically, 4 years of full-time study.

Certification and/or Licensure:

This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure.

Capstone Requirement:

The Senior capstone requirement is completed 3-credits by taking PSYC 398/399 (Internship) or PSYC 407 or PSYC 487 (Independent study)

Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum



Major Requirements: (12 credits)

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