Psychology

FACULTY Professors Etaugh, Huffcutt, D.E. Montgomery (chair), Schmitt; Associate Professors Hermann, Koeltzow, D.A. Montgomery, Roberts, Schweigert; Assistant Professors Bacon, Beckes.

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior.  Its subject matter encompasses the thought and behavior, both typical and pathological, of adults, children, and even other species. The scientific method is the unifying thread of the discipline as psychologists utilize it to systematically answer the questions raised by human behavior.

The undergraduate degree in psychology provides the foundation for a variety of positions in social service, medical, and business settings and also serves as preparation for advanced study leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.

Facilities for students include the Child Study Center for research with children, a physiological psychology teaching lab, laboratory space for research, and a student resource room with wireless laptop availability. Faculty research areas include child development, human sexuality, psychology of women, personnel selection, health behavior change, neuroscience and addiction, environmental psychology, social neuroscience, perception and attention, social anxiety, and self esteem. Undergraduate students frequently work with faculty on research projects; internships for course credit also are available at local mental health facilities.

Students transferring into psychology from other Bradley majors must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Psychology Major

To major in psychology the student must complete a minimum of 34 hours that will include:

1. Foundation (13 hrs.)

Students must take all four Foundation courses.

Content:

  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology (3 hrs.) (with a grade of C or better)
  • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior (3 hrs.)         

Methodological:

  • PSY 205 Quantitative Methods (3 hrs.) (with a grade of C or better)
  • PSY 206 Experimental Psychology (4 hrs.) 

2. Core Distribution (9 hrs.)

Students must take 9 semester hours of Core Distribution courses, at least one course in each category.  PSY 206 is a prerequisite for all courses in Categories A and B.

Category A:

  • PSY 350 Developmental Psychology (formerly PSY 304)
  • PSY 352 Personality Psychology (new class)
  • PSY 354 Social Psychology (formerly PSY 308)
  • PSY 356 Abnormal Psychology (formerly PSY 345)

Category B:

  • PSY 360 Psychology of Learning (formerly PSY 302)
  • PSY 362 Cognitive Psychology (formerly PSY 307)
  • PSY 364 Behavioral Neuroscience (re-named—formerly PSY 403)
  • PSY 366 Sensation & Perception (formerly PSY 404) 

3. Breadth: Electives (9 hrs.)

  • Nine additional semester hours from any of the psychology course offerings. 
  • A course satisfying the Elective requirement cannot also count toward satisfying another requirement (Foundation, Core Distribution, and/or Advanced).
  • Only three hours of individual study courses (PSY 341, PSY 342, PSY 481, PSY 491) will count toward satisfying the Elective category. 

4. Advanced (3 hrs.)

Any 400-level course (except PSY 481 and PSY 491)

5. Senior Exit Exam

Completion of Psychology Department senior exit exam within the final semester at Bradley as an undergraduate.

Note about transfer courses

Only Junior-Senior courses may be transferred from other institutions as Core Distribution or Advanced requirements.