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Studying Psychology at Regis

Psychology at Regis focuses on the development of critical thinking, problem-solving skills and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
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B.S. in Psychology

Degree Overview

The curriculum of the Psychology major is designed to provide a working knowledge of factual and current theoretical information in the field. Content is balanced with the development of critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation of cultural diversity. The application of psychological principles is strongly encouraged through service learning, internship, and research opportunities. The degree requirements are designed with the latitude to prepare students interested in:

  • Pursuing graduate work in psychology.
  • Embarking on a career in psychology or related area where a combination of analytic and human skills is applicable.
  • A liberal arts education in which psychology is a related and relevant major.

Students should work closely with their major advisor to plan a program of study commensurate with their educational and vocational goals.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Psychology Lower Division Major

Natural Science

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An additional natural science course with laboratory
chosen in consultation with an academic advisor.

NS 260 - Introduction to Brain and Behavior

Introduces the scientific study of how the brain relates to behavior. Explores how brain structure and function are involved in sensorimotor functions, motivation and emotion, cognition, and neurological disorders.

NS 261 - Intro to Brain and Behavior Laboratory

Introduces scientific methods used to study brain- behavior relationships such as sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive functions as well as neurological disorders and the effects of drugs on behavior.

PY 250/250C/250H

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(3SH)
General Psychology

RC: Psychology Upper Division Major

Group A

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Lifespan Development
Take six (6) semester hours from the following:
PY 459, PY 460, PY 461

Group B

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Cognitive/ Biological Processes
Take seven (7) semester hours from the following:
PY 442 and PY 443, PY 454, PY 482,
PY 485 and PY 486, PY 487 and PY 488
One couse from this group MUST have a
laboratory co-requisite.

Group C

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Individual Differences/Social Processes
Take six (6) semester hours from the following:
PY 441, PY 452, PY 470, PY 471

Group D

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Applied Psychology
Take six (6) semester hours from the following:
PY 410, PY 418, PY 434, PY 445, PY 450, PY 453,
PY 462, PY 465, PY 466, PY 467, PY 484

Other Psych Courses

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Take three (3) semester hours from the following:
PY 401, PY 490E-W, PY 491E-W,
PY 496E-W, PY 497E-W, PY 498E-W
No more than 3 credits of PY 490E-W or PY 491E-W can count
towards the completion of the major.

PY 422 - Research Methods & Behavioral Statistics

First of a two-semester sequence integrating statistics and research methods. Covers experimental design and statistics, and includes an individual research project. Note: It is recommended students take this course in their Sophomore or Junior year. PY 423 and PY 424 should be taken in the spring of the same academic year as this course.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 423 - Research Methods & Behavioral Stats II

Second of a two-semester sequence integrating statistics and research methods. Covers experimental design and statistics, and includes an individual research project. Note:This course should be taken in the same academic year as PY 422.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*422;

PY 424 - Research Methods & Behavioral Stats Lab

Provides an opportunity for completion of individual research projects related to appropriate experimental and statistical design.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*422;

PY 493 - Senior Capstone

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

NS 434 Behavioral Genetics (3.00)

Focuses on how genetics can add to our understanding of complex human behaviors, including cognition, language, emotion, and personality. Topics will include key behavioral genetic methodologies, evolutionary psychology, the psychology of individual differences including cognitive disabilities and psychological disorders, and the social and ethical implications of genetics research.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 250 General Psychology (3.00)

Introduces the science of behavior and mental processes through a systematic study of representative areas of psychology.

Cross listing(s): PY 250C.

PY 250H Honors General Psychology (3.00)

Introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including the biological basis of behavior, sensation/perception, learning, memory, cognition, language, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, social behavior, psychological disorders, and therapy. Addresses the applicability of psychology to understanding societal problems. NOTE: Honors Students only.

PY 401 Advanced Neuroscience Methods (1.00)

Emphasizes current neuroscience laboratory research techniques including cellular and molecular techniques, drug effects, brain lesions, histology, microscopy, and behavioral tests for assessing brain-behavior functions in non-human nervous systems.

Pre-requisite: NS*260

Cross listing(s): NS 401.

PY 410 Neurological Disorders (3.00)

Applies a biopsychological approach to understanding brain-behavior relationships through the study of diseases of the nervous system. NOTE: A background in neuroscience or psychology, while helpful, is not essential for this course.

Pre-requisite: NS*260 BL*260 BL*262

Cross listing(s): NS 410.

PY 418 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3.00)

Studies principles of psychology as applied to selected problems in the area of business and industry.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

Cross listing(s): BA 401.

PY 419 Research Methods (3.00)

Considers methods and procedures of modern experimental psychology. Note: Permission of instructor or advisor required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250 MT*272;

PY 420 Research Methods Laboratory (1.00)

Provides an opportunity for completion of individual projects related to appropriate experimental and statistical design. Note: Permission of instructor or advisor required. One three-hour laboratory each week required.

PY 422 Research Methods & Behavioral Statistics (3.00)

First of a two-semester sequence integrating statistics and research methods. Covers experimental design and statistics, and includes an individual research project. Note: It is recommended students take this course in their Sophomore or Junior year. PY 423 and PY 424 should be taken in the spring of the same academic year as this course.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 423 Research Methods & Behavioral Stats II (3.00)

Second of a two-semester sequence integrating statistics and research methods. Covers experimental design and statistics, and includes an individual research project. Note:This course should be taken in the same academic year as PY 422.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*422;

PY 424 Research Methods & Behavioral Stats Lab (1.00)

Provides an opportunity for completion of individual research projects related to appropriate experimental and statistical design.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*422;

PY 434 Behavioral Genetics (3.00)

Focuses on how genetics can add to our understanding of complex human behaviors, including cognition, language, emotion, and personality. Topics will include key behavioral genetic methodologies, evolutionary psychology, the psychology of individual differences including cognitive disabilities and psychological disorders, and the social and ethical implications of genetics research.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

Cross listing(s): NS 434.

PY 441 Social Psychology (3.00)

Studies social behavior including the social self; attribution theory; attitude formation and change; attraction, love and intimacy; aggression and altruism; and conformity and obedience.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 442 Learning and Memory (3.00)

Introduces basic concepts, methods and results of experimental analysis of learning and memory in humans and nonhuman animals. Includes classical and operant conditioning, discrimination learning processes underlying encoding, storage, and retrieval of information in memory, and other cognitive processes.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 443 Learning and Memory Laboratory (1.00)

Involves laboratory experiments with animal and human subjects and the preparation of reports on these experiments.

PY 445 Small Group Communication (3.00)

Provides a comprehensive overview of psychological group theories and empirical findings, emphasizing principles of group dynamics. Includes group projects and classroom simulations.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250 AND COM*380;

Cross listing(s): COM 414.

PY 450 Psychology of Women (3.00)

Introduces issues surrounding the psychology of women. The major domains of psychology used to address topics about women's behavioral and mental processes and how they are formed and altered by a woman's physical state, mental state, and external environment.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250 WS*400;

Cross listing(s): WS 450 WGS 450.

PY 452 Psychological Testing and Assessment (3.00)

Introduces psychological and educational concepts in testing. Includes reliability, validity, standardization and administration. Emphasizes appropriate selection, use and interpretation of tests.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 453 Clinical/Counseling Psychology (3.00)

Considers theory and application of basic therapeutic techniques to bring about behavioral change. Covers selected theoretical viewpoints and techniques.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 454 Cognitive Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on psychological processes such as attention, memory, concept formation, problem solving and language. Examines current research data, theories and applications.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 459 Developmental Psychology: Child (3.00)

Studies biological, psychological and social factors in human development from conception to puberty.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 460 Developmental Psych: Adolescence (3.00)

Studies biological, psychological and social factors in human development during adolescence and young adulthood.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 461 Dev Psych:Adulthood/Aging (3.00)

Studies biological, psychological and social factors in human development during adulthood and later years.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 462 Behavior and Stress Management (3.00)

Examines current techniques in the treatment of behavioral and physiological problems. Includes stress management, relaxation therapy, biofeedback, desensitization, assertiveness training, cognitive therapies, modeling and other behavioral management techniques.

PY 465 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3.00)

Emphasizes psychological research and theory used to understand difference and similarities in human behavior and mental processing across cultures and between groups. Topics may include: motivation, emotion, cognition, communication, acculturation, self-identity, social and moral development.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 466 Psychopharmacology (3.00)

Examines relationships between brain functions and major psychoactive drugs, including drugs used to treat psychological and neurological disorders. Includes an analysis of the cellular and physiological effects of each drug on neuronal functioning as well as psychological functioning.

Pre-requisite: NS*260 BL*261 BL*262

Cross listing(s): NS 466.

PY 467 Human Sexuality (3.00)

Focuses on the physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social aspects of human behavior as related to human sexuality using a multidisciplinary and life-span approach. Topics include physiology, communication, gender, development, orientation, violence, the marketplace, culture, religion, and health.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250 OR WS*400;

Cross listing(s): WS 467 WGS 467.

PY 470 Psychology of Personality (3.00)

Studies theories of development and organization of personality including representative examples of classical and modern theories.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 471 Abnormal Psychology (3.00)

Uses the biopsychosoical model as the basis for explaining the cause, understanding and treatment of mental disorders. Emphasizes common disorders encountered in clinical practice and specific criterion necessary for making a diagnosis.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 482 Sensation and Perception (3.00)

Introduces the physiological and psychological processes underlying basic sensory and perceptual experience. Emphasizes psychophysical relationships established for the different sense modalities and theoretical interpretations of the sensory data.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

Cross listing(s): NS 482.

PY 484 Forensic Psychology (3.00)

Provides a critical analysis of the law, focusing on the criminal justice system in our society. Emphasizes the psychological, social and cultural factors that influence the criminal justice system, and the use of behavioral science techniques.

Pre-requisite: PY*250 SO*200

Cross listing(s): CR 415 CJ 415.

PY 485 Func Neurophisiology/Neuroanatomy (3.00)

Explores the functional significance of neural physiology and connectivity, including effects related to neural development, how nerve cells communicate with one another, how patterns of neural interconnections give rise to different perceptual, cognitive, and motor responses, and how neural communication is modified by experience.

Pre-requisite: NS*260 BL*260 BL*262

Cross listing(s): BL 485 NS 485.

PY 486 Neurophys/Neuroanatomy Lab (1.00)

Involves laboratory experiments and computer simulations of neural functions as well as gross dissection, and histological study of neuroanatomy.

Cross listing(s): BL 486 NS 486.

PY 487 Neuropsychology (3.00)

Studies the physiological and neuropsychological correlates of behavior. These include but are not limited to neural systems regulating motivation, emotion, learning, and the neuropsychological bases of cognitive processes. Physiological and psychological responses to brain injury are also examined.

Pre-requisite: NS*260

Cross listing(s): NS 487.

PY 488 Neuropsychology Laboratory (1.00)

Emphasizes current research techniques and neuropsychological methods for assessing cognitive functions in humans, with an emphasis on assessment of the neurobehavioral impact of cerebral lesions.

Cross listing(s): NS 488.

PY 490E-W Independent Study/Psychology: (1.00 - 3.00)

Offers an opportunity for advanced study in psychology under the direction of a department faculty member.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 491E-W Research in Psychology: (1.00 - 3.00)

Offers an opportunity for collaborative research in psychology under faculty direction. Requires oral or poster presentation.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 493 Senior Capstone (2.00 - 6.00)

Provides the culminating experience of the major, focusing on integration and application of theory. Must be completed as graded course work at Regis University.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250;

PY 496E-W Special Topics in Psychology: (3.00)

Studies selected topics in psychology through lecture presentation and research projects.

Pre-requisite: PY*250

PY 497E Research Internship in Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on student participation in on-going placement setting approved by the designated faculty member supervising interships within the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Note: Approval of director of Academic Internship Program and departmental internship coordinator required.

PY 497E-W Research Internship in Psychology (3.00)

Focuses on student participation in on-going placement setting approved by the designated faculty member supervising interships within the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Note: Approval of director of Academic Internship Program and departmental internship coordinator required.

PY 498E-W Internship in Psychology: (3.00)

Involves placement in a clinical or research agency for advanced psychology students.

PY 499 Senior Thesis (2.00)

Students meet regularly with their thesis advisor to prepare for the defense of the research before a panel of faculty, to present the research in a public forum, and submit a final thesis that conforms to APA guidelines and is approved by the faculty examination committee. *Note- Approval of department chair required. E-W

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*491E-W;

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