Academic Departments and Programs

Psychology

You'll learn first-hand from outstanding professors with a wide range of expertise, including experimental psychology, child psychology, counseling, cognitive psychology and biological psychology.

Why study Psychology at The College of Idaho?

C of I students regularly work with faculty members on psychology research, such as a National Science Foundation-funded project investigating memory and attention. Psychology students at C of I often present their findings at local, regional and national research conferences.

The major in Psychology is designed to prepare students for a variety of career choices including graduate and professional training. Many psychology majors who do not want to become psychologists choose to major in psychology as a chance to acquire many skills valued in today's job market or to just learn about themselves. For example, you learn critical thinking through studying psychology. You will also learn to apply statistics and to do systematic problem solving; skills much in demand in our changing world. Psychology majors must also learn to work independently and on group projects. For example, each student majoring in psychology will be required to design and coordinate a research project, in the lab or in the primary literature of psychology constructing a complete review of one question of interest.

Psychology is a diverse and exciting field which currently grants advanced degrees in more than 50 areas of study. A few examples of skills a minor in psychology will potentially provide students are helping a business owner know how to deal with customer complaints, helping teachers provide classroom experience that maximize learning, training medical personnel to understand ways to help patients' comply with prescriptive advice, providing theater performers tools to improve their performances through understanding the foibles of human (mis)behavior and many others. Those who minor in psychology will learn to understand research findings and report them to others and how to accomplish systematic problem solving.

For those not seeking a graduate degree, psychology offers a variety of highly useful skills and an introduction to human behavior that will serve well in a variety of careers. For those wishing to purse graduate or professional training, we recommend that the student consider where they want to go to graduate school, what their ultimate goal is, research vs. application, for example, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. In either case, each student is encouraged to carefully choose his or her advisor as an important first step toward success.

Learning outcomes of these majors:

The psychology major will satisfy the following outcomes:

  • demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues
  • be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
  • demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes
  • be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats
  • recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity
  • acquire realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities for C of I Psychology Students

A psychology major or minor enables you to acquire skills valued in a wide range of professions. For those wishing to pursue a career requiring graduate education in psychology, The College of Idaho's faculty will advise you on your options for graduate school opportunities, pursuing a career in research or applied psychology, and your ultimate goals. An understanding of psychology can also help a business owner know how to deal with customer complaints, help teachers provide classroom experiences that maximize learning, train medical personnel to understand ways to help patients' comply with prescriptive advice, and provide actors and writers with a better understanding of the foibles of human (mis)behavior.

Majors

Psychology Major

Psychology Major

38 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics

3

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychological Science

3

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-203

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY-206

Social Psychology

3

PSY-312

Research Design and Analysis

3

PSY-494

Independent Study (1-3 cr.) or
Honors in Psychology (1-3 cr. Req. Departmental approval)*

1-3

PSY-498

Psychology Capstone**

3

Complete 1 additional research course from the following:

PSY-310

Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSY-313

Research Design & Analysis II

3

PSY-314

Qualitative Research Methods

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

PSY ELEC

Upper Division (300 or 400-Level) Psychology Courses
(excludes Independent Study courses)

6

Student Learning Outcomes:

The psychology major will satisfy the following outcomes:

  • demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
  • demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats
  • recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity
  • acquire realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Minors

Psychology Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychological Science

3

Complete 1 course from the following 200-level courses:

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-203

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY-206

Social Psychology

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

PSY ELEC

Upper Division (300 or 400-Level) Psychology Courses (excluding PSY-312, PSY-313 and PSY-498)

6

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Prepare each student to be an informed, involved citizen and to work successfully with culturally and socially diverse local, regional, national and international groups to assist students to prepare for a career, if they so desire, in the human, or social services

Associated Minors

The Anthropology/Sociology Department offers the Human Services minor in the Professional Enhancement PEAK to help students, along with their major, prepare for a career in the human, or social, services.

The Human Service Minor consists of 15 credits, to be approved in consultation with the Anthropology/Sociology department and the major advisor.

Human Services Minor

15 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101 or
SOC-100

Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology

3

ATH/SOC-497

Internship

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-350

Introduction to Psychological Counseling

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

SOC-302

Gender and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

ATH-202/302A

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-305

Culture and the World System

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Prepare each student to be an informed, involved citizen and to work successfully with culturally and socially diverse local, regional, national and international groups. To assist students to prepare for a career, if they so desire, in the human, or social services.