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Psychology

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Psychology?

Psychology, the scientific study of behavior, emotion, and thought, is the second most popular academic major in the United States. This makes sense when one considers the subject matter of psychology: You and those around you. Very few of us will live in a world or have a job that does not involved regular contact with others. Therefore, there is nothing more interesting and important than learning about yourself and the people with whom you interact.

Career Opportunities

Psychology addresses a range of topics, including learning and memory, drug addiction, IQ and personality testing, counseling issues, research design and data analysis, social and emotional development, etc. The best careers in psychology (therapist, professor, researcher, business consultant) require an advanced degree (i.e., a Ph.D., Psy.D., or a master's degree). Your undergraduate psychology degree at Ferris is an important first step on that career path. However, many students elect to enter directly into the labor force with their bachelor's degree. There are a wide variety of job areas for which psychology graduates are well suited, including human resources, research and development, marketing and sales, special needs casework, and human services program coordination. The psychology program at Ferris provides the ancillary courses and internships to maximize the effectiveness of your degree in preparing you for such careers.

The Psychology Major

Psychology is the science of thought, emotion and behavior. As a student of psychology, you will learn how scientists settle controversial questions about how people act, think, feel, and change. In fact, you will become a part of the scientific process yourself. Find out what is and what is not yet known on a topic of interest to you, and learn how to conduct your own original research to answer some of the unanswered questions. You will develop a set of interdisciplinary studies to broaden your experience and increase your marketability. At the end of your senior year, you will complete either a research project or an internship culminating your studies in psychology.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they will be considered as first year students.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Psychology program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree. Graduation requires a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum 2.3 GPA overall and successful completion of all required courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the Psychology major courses and a 'C' or better in each course within the program. Students also must meet all of the university requirements for bachelor degrees.

More Information

Program Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Redker  
PHONE: 231-591-2576
EMAIL:  

Department of Social Sciences
Ferris State University
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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these General Education requirements.
Major Core (27 credits minimum)
Introduction to Psychology
3
Statistics for PSYC Sciences
3
Psych Research Methods-Design
3
Senior Seminar in Psychology
3
Choose one:
Behavior Modification
3
or
Cognitive Psychology
3
Choose one:
Physiological Psychology
3
or
Sensation and Perception
3
Choose one:
Human Services Internship-Prac
3
or
Directed Research Experience
3
Choose one:
Lifespan of Human Development
3
or
Child Psychology
3
or
Psychology of Adolescence
3
Choose one:
Social Psychology
3
or
Psychology of Personality
3
or
Abnormal Psychology
3
Major Directed Electives (15 credits as approved by advisor)
Electives may be chosen from the categories above (including 3 additional credits of PSYC 480), SOCY 345, SCWK 263 or from the following courses:
PSYC-Exceptional Children
3
Educational Psychology
3
Psych of Intprsl Relationships
3
Indust-Organizational Psych
3
Psychology Death and Dying
3
Intro to Forensic Psychology
3
Measure-Assessment in PSYC
3
Interpersonal-Cultural Percept
3
Psychology of Gender
3
History-Systems of Psychology
3
Guided Research With Animals
3
PSYC Independent Study in Psychology
3
Either PSYC 478 or PSYC Independent Study may be taken twice, or one of each for a total of no more than 6 credits
A minor or equivalent course of studies
18
General electives to total 120 minimum credits including 40 credits of upper division coursework.
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