As a student in CMU's psychology program, you’ll learn to better understand, appreciate and, sometimes, predict behavior. You’ll study and conduct cutting-edge research in modern laboratories and training facilities.
Learn from nationally and internationally renowned faculty who offer personalized instruction and mentorship in research. Choose from courses in behavior analysis, clinical interviewing, health psychology, psychology and law, psychological testing, sports psychology and studies in personality.
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Central Michigan University has the only psychology program in Michigan with an accelerated plan that enables students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in experimental psychology in five years.
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The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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This major is also offered via Global Campus/CMU Online.
The Psychology Major is extremely flexible and is appropriate for anyone interested in psychology, regardless of post-graduation plans including graduate school. The Psychology Major requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of PSY courses. Two additional concentrations are available (Mental Health Psychology and Business Psychology) that each require 36 credit hours.
Total: 30 semester hours
Required Courses I
Introduction to Psychology
Survey of concepts, methods, and fields of psychology. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III- A: Behavioral Sciences)
An introduction to the various research methodologies in Psychology. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: PSY 100; one of the following with a grade of C or better: PSY 211, BIO 500, HSC 544.
Applications of Research Methods
Second course in psychological research methodology. Students design, execute, interpret, and report psychological research. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: PSY 285 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201.
Required Courses II
Note: Students who have already taken BIO 500 Biological Statistics (3) or HSC 544 Biostatistics (3) and received a grade of "C" or better in the course may substitute the requirement for PSY 211. In that case, an additional three (3) hours of Psychology must be taken.
Introduction to Psychological Statistics
Basic descriptive and inferential statistics are considered, including measures of central tendency and variability, the normal distribution, the t-test, ANOVA, correlation, and chi-square. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and completion of Mathematics Competency.
Select 18 hours of PSY electives.