Department Chair: Eric Amsel
Location: Social Science Building, Room 370
Telephone Contact: Mickey Cole 801-626-6247
Professors: Eric Amsel, Lauren Fowler, Joseph Horvat; Associate Professors: Aaron Ashley, Todd C. Baird, Azenett Garza, Theresa Kay, Matthew Schmolesky, Leigh Shaw; Assistant Professors: Shannon McGillivray, Melinda Russell-Stamp; Instructor: Maria Parrilla de Kokal; Emeritus Professors: Julianne Arbuckle, Richard Grow, Bruce Haslam, Thomas Musgrave, Benne Williams
The reasons for selecting a major or minor or choosing a BIS emphasis in Psychology are to broadly prepare yourself to understand human and animal behavior and to prepare yourself for a possible career working with or doing research on people. The program is designed to teach the content of psychology, the major methods of psychological inquiry, and some skills and techniques in applying its concepts.
Students majoring in Psychology can select a program of study individually tailored to interests in counseling, child and family, business, corrections, neuroscience, research, graduate study in psychology and other areas such as law, political science and personnel. Students are required to select courses as described below to insure some breadth in their program of study. All majors are assigned an advisor who will help them develop their course of study. Teaching majors and minors and BIS students should contact the department chairperson for advisement.
Dr. Eric Amsel with Psychology students
The Psychology Department has established a residency policy for students transferring undergraduate psychology credits from another accredited institution of higher education. Students who are majoring in Psychology must complete at least 9 credit hours of Psychology courses with a C or better in residence at Weber State University; students who are minoring in Psychology must complete at least 6 credit hours of Psychology courses with a C or better in residence at Weber State University. All transfer requests must go through the University Transfer Office.
Required Core Courses (26 credit hours)
Core General Courses (11 credit hours)
Core Content Courses (15 credit hours)
Additional Courses (10 credit hours): from the Core General Courses, Core Content Courses, or Electives (Group A or B)
Electives Group A: Area Specialization Courses
Electives Group B: Individualized Instruction and Experiential Courses
*** PSY 2800 , PSY 2830 , PSY 4800 and PSY 4830 require a contract to be filled out with an instructor prior to registration.
**** PSY 2890 and PSY 4890 require the student to have a current job in the field and get permission of the coordinator in the department.
***** Eighteen credit hours of psychology courses approved by the supervising instructor are required, one of which must be PSY 1010 . Also, permission of the instructor is required. A maximum of four credit hours counted toward the psychology major and minor from the following courses: PSY 2890 , PSY 4890 , PSY 4380 and PSY 4390 .
****** PSY 4910 requires a contract to be completed for the project and approval of the Department of Psychology prior to registration. The course is taken for one semester to complete the proposal and gain approval. This course is taken for a second semester to complete the project.
******* PSY 4920 may be used for credit toward a major or minor or BIS in psychology but only when written permission of the department is given at the time of registration.
DV = Fulfills a University Diversity Requirement
SS = Fulfills a Social Science General Education Requirement
The Psychology Department participates in the Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Neuroscience and Women’s Studies Minor Programs. Students who wish to enroll in one of these programs should indicate their desire to do so with the program coordinator who will help them work out a proper combination of courses to fit their particular needs. (See the Engaged Learning and Interdisciplinary Programs section of this catalog.)
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceEmphasis Option for Bachelor of Integrated Studies
BIS emphases are also offered for most programs with a minor.MinorTeaching MinorHonors, Departmental