Psychology Major and Minor

Major

The psychology program lays a foundation of general, developmental and social psychology before developing specialized topics such as applied behavior analysis. The program includes opportunities for participation in internships, research and methodology courses. A bachelor’s degree in psychology prepares you for a variety of careers that relate to people. Or, you may go to graduate school to study in a more specialized area of psychology. For additional information about a psychology major, see the course catalog.

Minors

Psychology Minor

A psychology minor covers the same basics as the major without the specialized topics and supplemental experiences. This minor complements other people-oriented professions such as medicine, business, church ministry and education.

Minor includes 18 SH of study with courses in General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, Abnormal Psychology and a psychology elective.

Neuroscience Minor

The neuroscience minor reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of emerging brain science and requires students to develop expertise in both biology and psychology. This minor will be helpful for those applying for graduate studies in neuroscience and related fields. Many disciplines within psychology have become increasingly focused on the biological basis of behavior, including neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroeconomics. The addition of a neuroscience minor will help make students more appealing applicants to virtually all graduate programs in psychology. Professional studies in medicine, physical therapy, and dentistry also include heavy components of neuroscience in their curricula, so we also anticipate that a neuroscience minor will make students more competitive for these programs as well.

Minor includes 18-21 SH of study with courses in the following areas: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Neuropsychology, Advanced Neurobiology, Research in a Neuroscience Topic, Advanced Human Physiology, Cognitive Psychology, Biology Research Seminar, Psychological Research Design and Analysis

The accelerated program is a collaboration between EMU’s undergraduate department of psychology and the graduate program in counseling. The program is designed to award exceptional students both a BA in psychology and an MA in counseling through a five-year curriculum.

Students should express interest in the program during their first year as an undergraduate in order to be assigned an advisor to help plan their course of study. In order for students to take undergraduate psychology courses in the accelerated undergraduate sequence, they must:

  1. Provide evidence of a minimum high school GPA of 3.6/4.0.
  2. Receive recommendation of a psychology advisor by the end of the first year.
  3. Maintain a 3.6 GPA in the first semester of classes.
  4. Successfully achieve psychology candidacy by the end of the second year.

Students will formally apply to the MA in counseling program during their third year of undergraduate studies and must meet regular standards for admission into the Counseling program.