Transfer Pathway

Transfer Pathways offer students a powerful option:  the opportunity to transfer to Metropolitan State, or one of the other six Minnesota State universities. with junior-year status after completing the Business Transfer Pathway AS at one of our partner institutions. The  curriculum has been specifically designed so that all courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.  Visit Metropolitan State University’s Transfer Resources for more information.

Program Overview

It is expected that all students receiving a BA degree with a psychology major will:

  • demonstrate mastery of a basic core of psychological knowledge and theory;
  • demonstrate an understanding of scientific methodology;
  • enhance their development of interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity;
  • demonstrate their ability to appropriately apply knowledge;
  • understand the ethical issues and standards of psychology; and
  • be able to integrate learning in psychology with the needs of a pluralistic

More information about this program

Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Psychology major, students must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Studies Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

All students are expected to have at least 40 credits in psychology during the course of their BA studies. This includes transfer credits as well as academic work completed at Metropolitan State. At least 24 credits in the major must be taken at Metropolitan State; and at least 30 credits must be 300-level or above.

In addition to psychology major requirements, students must complete the university's general education and liberal studies requirements.

Psychology Electives

Additional learning in psychology should be selected to form a coherent pattern appropriate to the student's goals and interests. Learning opportunities may include approved psychology-related courses, internships, faculty- or student-designed independent studies, prior learning assessments or theory seminars. With advisors' approval, students may select elective courses from among the following non-Psychology Department offerings.

Application of Knowledge

All students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge in their chosen area of psychology through an internship and its accompanying seminar, or through past work or community involvement.

Internships are expected for students entering psychology as a new field of study, and for students exploring a new area of psychology. Examples of possible internship settings include research laboratories, child care agencies, group homes, mental health agencies, and community centers working with children, teens and families, or the elderly. This requirement can also be met through departmental teaching assistantships or through research assistantships associated with the psychology laboratory. Students with experience in psychology-related areas may elect to apply for credit through the assessment of prior learning or theory seminars, or incorporate this learning into a student-designed independent study.

Graduation with Distinction

The Psychology Department uses the honor “Graduation with Distinction” to recognize students who have completed an academically challenging program while displaying academic excellence.  This program is intended for highly motivated students who expect to pursue advanced study in Psychology. It enriches the academic experience for undergraduates in the Psychology major by offering opportunities for in-depth study and independent research. Students are encouraged to be involved in local and national professional conferences and advanced seminars and scientific presentations.

Application and Requirements
Students who meet the following criteria and wish to pursue the Graduation with Distinction in Psychology must submit an application.

Application Requirements
Criteria: GPA of 3.25 or higher based on at least 30+ graded credits, and successful completion of PSYC 100 (or equivalent).

To Apply (Contact Psychology Department for more details)

      1. Student must be a declared Psychology Major
      2. Student must meet criteria above
      3. Produce a cover letter and writing sample on an assigned essay topic
      4. Copy of unofficial transcripts
      5. Send the application to the Psychology Department (Attn: Graduation with Distinction) 

Required Coursework Includes:
Psychology B.A. requirements, which must include…

        1. Psyc 307 Data Analysis (4 credits) as one elective
        2. Application of Knowledge requirement met through completion of an Independent Research Thesis

Upon completing the curriculum above and graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in Psychology Courses taken at Metropolitan State University, students receive:

  1. “Graduation with Distinction” notation on their transcripts
  2. Psi Chi membership fees covered through scholarship fund
  3. Individualized mentorship

How Admissions Works

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Course List

Prerequisites

Psychology Pre- or co-requisites Courses

In addition to psychology major requirements, students must complete the university's general education and liberal studies requirements.

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to scientific and applied psychology, and suggests its application to everyday life. The course familiarizes students with concepts, principles, research methods and theories of psychology.

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  • PSYC 200 Fundamentals of Psychological Science
    2 credits

    This course is designed to help students understand and be able to apply ethical principles and the fundamental components of the scientific method. Students will be introduced to statistical theories and operations, and the basics of reading and writing in APA style as they relate to the study of psychological science. Students will learn to think critically about scientific research and the process of using the scientific method to quantify, measure, and make predictions about human behavior.

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  • PSYC 212 Introduction to Diversity and Ethics in Psychology
    3 credits

    In this course students explore questions related to psychology's response to diversity and ethical principles, including: How has psychology dealt with issues of culture, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and ableism? How has this influenced basic theories in psychology? How does this affect specific groups or individuals in areas of research, assessment and therapeutic practice? What are the ethical standards that guide, and the ethical dilemmas that currently face, the field of psychology? How do issues of diversity and ethical principles influence and intersect with each other? Further, this course is designed to develop and expand students¿ critical knowledge of the central role of race, racism, and anti-racism in multiple contexts of society and aspects of everyday life. Students are asked to think critically about the societal and individual effects inherent in the information covered in this course.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Psychology Required Courses

  • PSYC 312 Research Methods
    5 credits

    This course introduces students to scientific research methods in psychology, emphasizing the experimental method. Topics include developing research questions, reviewing background information, deciding on appropriate methodology, and collecting and interpreting data. This course prepares students to think critically about psychological claims and is generally required preparation for graduate study. This course includes assignments in the Psychology Laboratory.

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  • PSYC 405 History and Systems of Psychology
    4 credits

    This advanced psychology course is designed as a capstone course for students with a degree plan focus in psychology. In it, students review historical trends, individuals, and the political and social influences which have influenced psychology as a science and profession in twentieth-century America. Note: Students should plan to take this course near the end of their degree plan.

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Psychology - Area I

One course from this area:

  • PSYC 336 Social Psychology
    4 credits

    In this course, students learn social psychological theories and concepts. They also learn how to understand the research methods on which these theories are based. This knowledge includes an awareness and respect for the diversity of human experience, the importance of social influence on individual behavior, the social significance of groups, and the nature of social change.

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  • PSYC 363 Community Psychology
    4 credits

    This course surveys the principles and applications of community psychology, emphasizing person-environment interactions and societal/cultural impacts upon individual and community functioning. Attention is given to community-based interventions that facilitate individual and community competence and empowerment, prevent disorder, and promote health and social change. Students select and research an issue of their choice (such as, mental illness, violence, alcohol or substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, discrimination) utilizing a community psychology lens.

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Psychology - Area II

One course from this area:

  • PSYC 309 Cognitive Psychology
    4 credits

    This course covers topics that span the full range of specializations within the field of cognitive psychology; such as attention, learning, memory, thinking and problem solving, decision making, language, intelligence and creativity. Applications of this information to education, business and mental health are provided. This course is well-suited to students interested in education, as well as psychology, and is often preparation for graduate study in psychology or education.

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  • PSYC 317 Human Factors
    4 credits

    Human factors psychology (ergonomics) is the study of human capacities and limitations affecting people's interaction with machines. Topics include perception, cognition, memory, psychomotor learning, display and control design, vehicular and roadway design, the human-computer interface, airplane crashes, and product liability. The course includes psychology laboratory experiments and research reports, exercises in human factors design, and a field trip in which students fly a flight simulator. Experimental methodology underlies the content of this course.

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  • PSYC 330 Psychology of Learning: Contemporary Theories and Applications
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to the history of learning theories, and the development of current theories of learning such as classical conditioning, operant conditioning and observational learning. An emphasis is on the basic methods of inquiry, as well as on applications of learning theories to areas such as education, business and behavioral change. This course is well-suited to students interested in education, as well as psychology, and is often preparation for graduate study in psychology and education.

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  • PSYC 345 Biopsychology
    5 credits

    This course examines the biological basis of behavior. Topics include structure and function of the nervous system, psychopharmacology, electrophysiology, and higher order function of the nervous system. Laboratories include brain dissection, nerve histology, electrophysiology and behavioral experiments.

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Psychology - Area III

One course from this area:

  • PSYC 300 Abnormal Psychology
    4 credits

    This course explores the nature and causes of abnormal behavior and the terminology used in describing and discussing abnormal behavior. Students study the major categories used to classify abnormal behavior and the diagnostic criteria involved.

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  • PSYC 332 Psychology of Personality
    4 credits

    This course covers similarities and differences in major personality theories and the "real life" implications for holding different theoretical views. Students take an active part in class discussions and give a class presentation on an in-depth study of a major theory.

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Psychology - Area IV

One course from this area:

  • PSYC 301 Adolescent Psychology
    4 credits

    This course covers the theory and developmental processes of adolescence, including viewpoints of adolescence, self and adolescent identity, biological influences, thinking and intelligence, and development of moral values and adolescent pathologies. Students learn to identify and describe these variables as interactive in the developmental process.

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  • PSYC 302 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning
    4 credits

    This course examines adults in transition in the broad context of "the learning society" and explores practical applications of individual differences in learning styles and research on adult learners. Students complete individual study projects which may relate to their personal development or to their professional development particularly as it applies to the workplace. Periodically, focus or topic courses are offered for students with specific interests. See PSYC 319 The Impact of Technology on Human and Organizational Behavior and PSYC 342 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning II: Continuing Education and Training.

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  • PSYC 308 Child Psychology
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of the science of child psychology. Major theories and research related to a child's perceptual, motor, emotional, social and cognitive development are reviewed, and their practical applications are explored. Overlap: PSYC 308T Child Psychology Theory Seminar.

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  • PSYC 311 Life Span Developmental Psychology
    4 credits

    Life Span Developmental psychology reviews concepts, theories and principles of human development from conception and prenatal development through late adulthood. This course will emphasize cognitive and social development topics that will explore maturation, human growth experiences and the various stages of physical development as key components influencing human behaviors.

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Psychology Electives (min. 10 credits)

Additional learning in psychology should be selected to form a coherent pattern appropriate to the student's goals and interests. Learning opportunities may include approved psychology-related courses, internships, faculty- or student-designed independent studies, prior learning assessments or theory seminars. With advisors' approval, students may select elective courses from among the following non-Psychology Department offerings.

  • HSFS 338 Family: Racial, Gender and Class Dimensions
    4 credits

    This course familiarizes students with the diversity that exists in families. It is intended for students who want to gain a better understanding of the family, and for students specializing in psychology or human services related fields. Structural inequalities in society based on wealth, race/ethnicity and gender are presented as key determinants in the diversity of family forms and in differing experiences within families.

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  • HSER 344 Counseling Theories and Techniques
    4 credits

    This course introduces counseling theories and techniques, including existential, client-centered, Gestalt, psychoanalytic, Adlerian, behavioral, transactional analysis, rational-emotive reality, and eclectic counseling/therapy. Learning strategies include interviews with counselors and role-playing exercises. Evaluation is based in part on an interview with an active counselor, take-home test and final paper.

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  • HSER 351 Crisis Intervention Skills and Strategies
    4 credits

    This course is designed to teach the crisis intervention concepts and counseling skills used in helping individuals in crisis situations, including batterings, sexual assaults, suicide attempts, drug overdoses, psychiatric emergencies and family crises. The course includes role-playing exercises. Evaluations are based in part on performance and growth in the role-playing segments. Overlap: HSER 360 Crisis Intervention Theory Seminar.

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  • MGMT 320 Organizational Behavior
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the behavior of individuals and groups within diverse organizations and on organizational structure and processes. Topics include motivation, group development and dynamics, teamwork, communication, organizational structure, job design, stress, power, politics, conflict, and organizational culture.

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  • MKTG 310 Consumer and Professional Buyer Behavior
    4 credits

    This course is designed to give both marketing management and marketing communications students an opportunity to study principles of the behavioral sciences of psychology, sociology and anthropology, and how they are used in creating marketing and communications plans aimed at consumer or professional buyers. Specific topics include perception processes, lifestyle analysis, personality, psychographics, motivational analysis and the influence of groups on their members' buying behaviors.

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  • SOC 305 Race and Ethnicity: Sociological Perspectives
    4 credits

    This course uses comparative methods to explore the sociological significance of race and ethnicity in the United States. Theories of ethnic stratification are assessed, and students evaluate the causes and consequences of prejudice, discrimination and institutional subordination. Through the social history of a variety of ethnic groups, students examine patterns of migration and settlement, community and family life, gender and class, and cultural values and norms.

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  • SOC 306 Deviance and Social Control
    4 credits

    Who determines what is "normal" in society? What is the difference between deviance and social rebellion? How is labeling linked to discrimination and discrediting rather than helping and healing? This course examines the role of professionals and social institutions responsible for creating and enforcing public and private codes of behavior. Sexual orientation, mental illness and gender stereotypes are examples examined. Those who resist conforming to those codes are also studied. Students analyze theories, read criticism, view films and evaluate other forms of interdisciplinary documentation.

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  • ANTH 309 New Neighbors: The U.S. Hmong Community
    4 credits

    This course explores the history, culture and social situation of one of the United States' newest immigrant/refugee groups. Emphasis is placed on their efforts to create a new way of life while maintaining important cultural traditions. This course is appropriate for all students, especially those interested in human services, human relations, community development and education.

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