2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Psychology (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Rebecca Martin, Interim Department Head
Department of Psychology
Hansen Hall 029
E-mail: rebecca.martin@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

Psychology is the discipline concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. It is a tremendously broad field spanning subject matter from the biological to social sciences. The study of psychology prepares students for work in fields like health care, counseling, education, social work, human resources, statistics, probation and corrections, business, politics, public relations, and more. Psychologists are commonly found working in conjunction with other professionals to contribute to every area of society. Advisors assist students to personalize curriculum plans to meet career and educational goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain the scientific foundation of psychology; use and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims.
  • Recognize the existence of universal and culture-bound psychological principles; exhibit sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for all dimensions of human diversity.
  • Demonstrate ethical knowledge and skills appropriate to level of experience and education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research central to the four basic content domains of psychology: biological, learning and cognition, life-span developmental; and sociocultural approaches.
  • Gain an appreciation of the application of psychological knowledge through experiences in applied settings, such as internships, student research, or service learning.

Academic Requirements

Psychology does not permit the double use of courses in its major with a minor.  All psychology courses that count toward the major must receive a C or better grade.

Course Delivery Format

Psychology courses are delivered at multiple locations (Brookings Main Campus and the University Center - Sioux Falls), and in multiple formats including face-to-face lecture, discussion, and laboratory courses, as well as online courses.

Requirements for Psychology Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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