Director of General Education & Psychology
Lori Bachle, M.S.
PH 402.552.6127  TF 800.647.5500

The Psychology program at Clarkson College is well suited to the institution’s long history of caring for those in need. The curriculum prepares students to provide vital assistance in mental health settings or pursue advance opportunities in research and practice to further the psychology and health care fields.

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Utilize basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation; be capable of navigating various technologies for obtaining information, conducting literature reviews, collecting data, and analyzing data. (Communication and Technology)**
  • Employ critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues; be capable of applying psychological principles and knowledge for the purpose of self‐ improvement and self‐development. (Professionalism)**
  • Demonstrate the ability to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. (Professionalism)**
  • Illustrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats. (Communication)
  • Evaluate the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity; demonstrate awareness for how issues related to culture, race, gender, class, economic status, religion, and political beliefs interact and relate to psychology. (Diversity)**
  • Emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. (Professionalism and Critical Thinking)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism.

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Enrollment and Advising office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Psychology

General Education

(21 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
GEN 101 - Strategies for Success 1
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
MA 130 - College Algebra 3
SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
SO 220 - Medical Sociology 2
GEN 251 - Wellness for the Healthcare Professional 2

*GEN 101 - Required for New Student Experience and Conditionally Accepted students.
**GEN 251 - Students taking GEN 101 will take GEN 251 for 1 semester hour.  Students not required to take GEN 101 will take GEN 251 for 2 semester hours.

Healthcare Core

(9 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
IC HU EA - Healthcare Core Courses 3
EA 210 - American Poverty and Healthcare 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Support Courses

(43 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BI 110 - Fundamentals of Biology I - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 210 - Microbiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
CH 150 - General Chemistry - Lecture and Lab 4
CH 270 - Biochemistry 3
CHL 243 - Trauma Informed Care 3
◊ CHL 244 - Vulnerable Populations 3
CHL 245 - Family Dynamics 1
CHL 249 - Crisis Intervention 1
CHL 252 - Information and Referral 2
CHL 333 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging 3
CHL 364 - Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan 3
BI 111 - Fundamentals of Biology II - Lecture and Lab OR
CH 151 - General Chemistry II - Lecture and Lab OR
PHY 200 - Physics I - Lecture and Lab
Total Semester Hours 43
Major Courses

(47 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 230 - Professional Seminar in Psychology 3
PY 240 - Cultural Psychology 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
PY 200 - Human Development 3
PY 320 - Health Psychology 3
◊ PY 330 - Social Psychology 3
PY 410 - Behavioral Neuroscience 3
EA 205 - Death and Dying 3
EA 215 - Abnormal Psychology 3
EA 200 - Healthcare Ethics 3
PY 420 - Cognitive Psychology 3
PY 350 - Introduction to Counseling Skills 3
PY 360 - Psychopharmacology, Addiction, and Substance Abuse 4
◊ PY 450 - Fieldwork 2
PY 460 - Capstone 2
Total Semester Hours 47
Last updated: 05/09/2022