Bachelor of Science

Division of Mathematics, Science, & Technology

Psychology is one of several Math, Science, and Technology degrees offered at YHC. With the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, students will learn about human mental processes and behaviors. A major in psychology is well-suited for those who wish to learn why people think and act the way they do. Additionally, students in psychology are trained to become more critical consumers of empirical research findings and how to conduct research in the social sciences.

The Math, Science, and Technology majors are all built on the same liberal arts core and the BS in Psychology is designed to expose students to a broad range of knowledge across different areas within the field of psychology. This broad education helps students develop a strong foundation for future specialization in graduate school. In our courses, students will be presented with many opportunities to apply this psychological knowledge to everyday life and to evaluate the scientific research upon which this knowledge is based.

You can also minor in psychology; details are below.

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What classes will you take?

  • A diverse set of classes in the liberal arts core
  • BIOL 1103 – Elements of Biology: This course, designed for the non-science major, will include the basic principles of cell anatomy and biochemistry, classical and molecular genetics, evolution, development, and ecology.
  • CSCI 1100 – Introduction to Personal Computing: Introductory course for microcomputers relating how a computer is applied to the solution of problems in our information-oriented society. Included is a study of fundamental hardware, operating systems, data communications and networking, computer privacy and security, and the social, economic, and legal impact of information systems. Standard business-based software packages are used by students to solve a variety of business-related problems. Networks and the Internet are emphasized throughout.
  • MATH 2000 – Elementary Statistics: A basic elementary course in statistics at a level which does not require a knowledge of calculus. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, random variables, sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, and correlation.
  • SOCI 1120 – Introduction to Sociology: An introduction to the scientific study of society. Major concepts and theories are discussed and the influence of society on the individual is emphasized.
  • Major classes in Psychology, including:
    • PSYC 3010 – Abnormal Psychology: A survey of psychological disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Diagnostic criteria, etiology, treatment and theoretical causes will be emphasized along with case studies.
    • PSYC 3111 – Research Methods and Statistics I: The study of the scientific research process in psychology with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting scientific research.
    • PSYC 4020 – Cognitive Psychology: The study of cognitive processes including attention, memory, language, problem-solving, and perception. Classical theories, information processing and evolutionary theory will be considered.

What can you do with a degree in psychology?

Psychology prepares you for a range of graduate school and career options. According to data from the American Psychological Association’s Center for Workforce Studies, over 40% of individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in psychology go on to earn a graduate degree in psychology or related fields, like social work or higher education administration. For those who have not earned higher degrees, their knowledge of how people think and behave serves them well in a wide variety of different occupations. The most common occupations for these individuals include social work, management, administration, human resources, marketing, sales, and teaching.

Psychology is also offered as a minor!

View the curriculum here.