The Psychology Department promotes the discovery, communication and application of the scientific principles of psychology within the university and the community. The department offers courses and programs suitable for majors and minors interested in psychology, and students majoring in other areas needing or desiring psychological cognates and electives. Courses emphasize the research methodology and data of both human and lower animal behavior as well as its theoretical and applied implications. Students are encouraged to participate in the rigorous search for the how and why of behavior and the identification and potential resolution of significant problems.
The major programs in psychology can lead either to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Students desiring a major in psychology choose one of four areas of emphasis: general psychology, graduate school preparation, behavior analysis, or early childhood. The department also offers minor programs in psychology and child care services.
- Student Psychological Association
- Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
- Psi Chi Honor Society
The department maintains human and animal experimental laboratories, student research rooms, laboratory classrooms, computer labs, a small library for majors and student study areas. Head Start facilities on campus and in the area, as well as private for-profit and non-profit child care facilities, provide laboratory experiences for applied child development and early childhood.
To apply to the general psychology, psychology/graduate school preparation and psychology/behavior analysis majors, all psychology courses, both transfer and NMU, must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher. Courses comprising the psychology minor and the human services minor also must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher.
Students enrolled in the early childhood major, the applied child development associate degree and the child care services minor must earn a minimum of 2.00 (“C”) in each of the major/minor courses. Additionally, these programs require a 2.50 grade point average in the major/minor.
All psychology majors are encouraged to become functional users of mathematics and computers and to sample natural sciences outside of psychology.
Talented freshmen and sophomores may petition the department to take advanced courses at or above the 300 level.
Liberal Studies: Complete information on the liberal studies requirements and additional graduation requirements, including the health promotion requirement, is in the “Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements” section of this bulletin.
Courses within each major that can be used to satisfy liberal studies requirements are listed with the Roman numeral (in brackets) that coincides with the liberal studies division the course falls under.
- Early Childhood Major
- General Psychology Major
- Psychology/Behavior Analysis Major
- Psychology/Graduate School Preparation Major