Charter Oak State College has an online bachelor's degree in Psychology, the science of behavior. It covers the behavior of humans, normal and abnormal, and across the life span.
The field is concerned with the development of principles of behavior and the application of those principles to individuals, society, and the institutions of government, business, and mental health.
Our Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program requires a minimum of 39 credits in the major: 4 core courses (12 credits), 3 elective courses (9 credits), 5 concentration courses (15 credits), and the Capstone course (3 credits).
|PSY 101: Psychology|
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to psychology across a variety of sub-disciplines including, but not limited to, clinical, neuropsychological, developmental, cognitive, biological, and experimental. The course will focus on how psychology began with a philosophical perspective and has developed into a multidisciplinary science.
|PSY 216: Statistics in Psychology|
This course will provide an overview of the general concepts associated with descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology. There will be an examination of the purpose behind the use of statistics in psychology and an investigation of the process undertaken to derive these statistics. Students will apply these principles by conducting a variety of statistical analyses.
Prerequisites: ENG 101, PSY 101, or SOC 101
|PSY 490: History & Systems in Psychology|
This course will provide an overview of the major ideas and sociohistorical factors that relate to the study of the mind and behavior, and have shaped the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics covered will include the evolution of this field of study from its roots in the philosophy of Ancient Greece and Rome, the beginning of the scientific method, Darwinian theory, the establishment of the major psychological schools of thought, and rise of applied psychology.
Student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their major to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 101, & 3 additional credits in Psychology
|PSY 410: Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences|
This course will be an examination of the fundamental principles of behavioral science research. There will be an overview of the conceptual need for research and an analysis of the methods or designs commonly employed and the procedures utilized to collect and analyze data. Students will review and design research in their areas of interest.
Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, MAT 105, and an Introductory Behavioral Science course.
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|PSY 495: Psychology Major Capstone|
This course will be a culmination of previous required courses taken within the Psychology major. Students will conduct a literature review of both primary and secondary sources and then synthesize this information into the writing of an in-depth paper answering a critically thought out hypothesis, research methodology, and finally drawing conclusions on the information discussed.
Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 101, PSY 216, & PSY 410
Students enrolled in the Psychology major will earn 15 credits of their credits in one of these four concentrations:
- Life Span
- Cognition & Learning
- General Psychology - this concentration will be developed with your Academic Advisor
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a major in Psychology will be able to:
- apply, evaluate, and analyze different domains of psychology. This includes, but is not limited to, such domains as cognitive, behavioral, physiological, humanistic, socio-cultural, and psychodynamic;
- solve problems by applying previous knowledge to a new problem, and distinguish between pseudoscience and scientific findings;
- write about psychological topics with clarity and logical organization;
- synthesize information from primary and secondary sources;
- understand psychological phenomena both systematically and empirically;
- use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data;
- apply psychological perspectives to a research area: memory, learning, personality, perception, and psychopathology; and
- synthesize learning of the concentration through a research paper, project, portfolio, or practicum.