Online: Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mind, brain and behavior. Understanding the basis of behavior through studies of both humans and animals is an important component of the educational program in psychology at DeSales University. Another important aspect of our program is the preparation of our students for later graduate training and careers in the mental health field or in forensic psychology.

How quickly can I earn my degree?

40 courses (120 credits) are required for graduation. But, did you know?

Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for a more detailed explanation of the specific degree requirements and course prerequisites.

Core Classes
(15 required courses)

Basic Requirements (2 courses)
 EN103 Composition & Rhetoric I
 EN104 Composition & Rhetoric II

Modes of Thinking
(4 courses)
 MOT Literature: EN 110, 112, 115, EN 118
 MOT Natural Science: BI 209, 211, or CH 209
 MOT Philosophy: PL 109
 MOT Mathematics: MA 110 or MA 121
 MOT Social Science: Covered By Major

Cultural Literacy
(6 courses)
 Humanities 1: H1201, HI 213, or P0 201
 Humanities 2: HI 202, HI 214, HI 262, or P0 202
 Humanities 3: Great Works of Art or Music
 Humanities 4: Great Works of Literature
 Foreign Language or World Cultures Course 1 *
 Foreign Language or World Cultures Course 2 *
 *Students must complete either two consecutive language courses or
  two World Cultures courses to satisfy this requirement.
  Languages are recommended for IB majors.

Christian Values and Theology 
(3 courses)
 TH109 Catholic Theology
 Intermediate Theology (200 - 300 level)
 Values Seminar: MG, PL, TH

(as needed)
    Select courses from any academic area.

(16 required courses)

BI 151 Introductory Biology I or BI 209
CS 105 Introduction to Computer Applications 
MA 110 Finite Mathematics
PS 109 Introduction to Psychology
PS 205 Research Design & Analysis
PS 206 Applied Research Design and Analysis 
PS 230 Cognitive Psychology
PS 240 Human Development
PS 265 Psychobiology
PS 455 Psychological Logic

Choose three of the following courses:
PS 220 Positive Psychology
PS 250 Social Psychology
PS 260 Personality: Theory and Research
PS 275-78 Topics in Psychology
PS 290 Psychopathology
PS 295 Forensic Psychology
PS 370 Counseling Psychology
PS 381 Psychopharmacology 
Choose three of the following courses:
PS 200 The Unseen Reality: Psychology of Spiritual Experience
PS 300 Dangerous Minds: They Psychology of Antisocial Behavior
PS 365 Psychological Sleuthing
PS 375 Hormones and Behavior (formerly PS 291) 
PS 390 Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 
PS 444 Psychology Seminar: Mind, Medicine and Madness

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