Bachelor of Science in Psychology
The Department of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs aimed at preparing students: (1) for advanced study in the social and health sciences, and (2) to become members of the behavioral health workforce. The department also maintains the Psychological Services Center, a clinic that provides low-cost mental health services to campus and community members. The department strives to offer degree and certificate programs that meet the needs of the state of Alaska.
- Complete the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.
- Complete the following Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology.
- Students wishing to declare psychology as a major must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.50.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- All psychology majors are required to take the exit examination, a standardized test of knowledge of psychology approved by the Department of Psychology. There is no minimum score required for graduation. The exam is taken in the UAA Testing Center, and a fee will be charged to students.
- Complete the following major requirements:
- All prerequisites for required psychology courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Students who audit or are unable to earn a minimum grade of C in a lower-division (100- or 200-level) PSY course may repeat the course two additional times on a space-available basis. Students who audit or wish to repeat an upper-division (300- or 400-level) PSY course may repeat the course one additional time on a space-available basis. Students repeating a course are required to complete all components of that course during the semester in which the course is retaken. When repeating a course with a lecture and laboratory component, both components must be repeated.
|PSY A111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY A150||Lifespan Development||3|
|PSY A200||Introduction to Behavior Analysis||3|
|PSY A260||Statistics for Psychology||3|
|PSY A260L||Statistics for Psychology Lab||1|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
and Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
|PSY A345||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY A370||Behavioral Neuroscience||3|
|PSY A375||Social Psychology||3|
|Learning and Behavior|
and Learning and Behavior Laboratory
|Psychology Capstone Requirement 1||3|
|Each capstone option is designed to synthesize and apply material from the psychology major. Choice of a capstone should be based, at least in part, on the student's future career plans. Students planning to work in human service jobs following graduation should consider taking PSY A495A. Students planning on graduate work in psychology should consider taking PSY A412, PSY A428, PSY A499A, or PSY A499. Students may elect to take all of these courses as upper-division electives.|
|History of Psychology|
|Developing Psychological Research|
Complete an additional 9 credits of upper-division psychology courses.
|Writing and the Sciences|
|Mathematics and Statistics||6-8|
|Complete two of the following:|
|College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences|
or MATH A151
|College Algebra for Calculus|
|Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences|
|Social Science Statistics|
|Applied Statistics for the Sciences|
or BIOL A108
|Principles and Methods in Biology|
Complete at least two of the following courses:
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|Introduction to Complexity|
|Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences|
|Fundamentals of Cell Biology|
|Principles of Genetics|
|Experiential Learning: Ecology and Evolution|
|Principles of Evolution|
|Experiential Learning: Animal Physiology|
|Experiential Learning: Vertebrate Biology|
|Comparative Animal Physiology|
|Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology|
|Marine Invertebrate Biology|
|Marine Mammal Biology|
|Experiential Learning: Animal Behavior|
|Experiential Learning: Bioinformatics|
|Metals in Biology|
|Molecular Biology of Cancer|
|Tundra and Taiga Ecosystems|
|Experiential Learning: Exploration Ecology Field Study|
|Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates|
|Population Genetics and Evolutionary Processes|
|Experimental and Scientific Foundations||6-7|
|Complete two of the following:|
|Culture and Human Biodiversity|
|Culture and Health|
|Introduction to General Chemistry|
|Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry II|
|Organic Chemistry I|
|Organic Chemistry II|
|Principles of Biochemistry I|
|Principles of Biochemistry II|
|Computer Programming (Languages Vary)|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Industrial Organization and Public Policy|
All of the above psychology capstone courses have rigorous prerequisites. Minimum grades of C in these prerequisites are required for admission into psychology's capstone courses.
A minimum of 120 credits is required for this degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.
Concentration in Behavior Analysis
This concentration provides foundational knowledge and professional skills to apply the science of behavior analysis across a range of settings and client populations, including staff in the workplace, children and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Completing the coursework below, in addition to required supervised practicum experience with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, helps prepare students to apply for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination for becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Please go to UAA's Authorization by State website for information about licensure or certification in a state other than Alaska.
|PSY A200||Introduction to Behavior Analysis||3|
|PSY A400||Strategies of Behavior Change||3|
|PSY A495A||Psychology Practicum||3|
|Complete a minimum of 6 credits of the following:||6|
|Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|Interventions for Challenging Behavior|
|Organizational Behavior Management|
|Applications of Behavior Analysis|
Honors in Psychology
The Department of Psychology recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them departmental honors in psychology. To graduate with departmental honors, the student must be a declared psychology major and meet the following requirements:
- Satisfy all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
- Maintain an overall and psychology specific GPA of 3.50.
- Complete one additional 3-credit Psychology Capstone option other than PSY A499.
- Complete PSY A499. The thesis project must be approved in advance by the Undergraduate Studies Committee and carried out by following applicable departmental guidelines.
- Students intending to graduate with departmental honors must notify the Departmental Honors Committee in writing on or before the date they file their Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar.
Honors Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with departmental honors in psychology will possess:
- An advanced understanding and application of descriptive and inferential statistics and use of statistical software in data analysis.
- A broad knowledge of psychology’s historical foundation.
- The ability to conduct a critical review and analysis of existing psychological literature.
- The ability to design and execute empirical research that tests clearly stated hypotheses or addresses clearly articulated research questions.
- A clear understanding of research ethics and the responsible conduct of research in the field of psychology.
- The ability to communicate effectively in writing, in poster format, and in oral presentations, including mastery of APA style.
- The ability to draw conclusions from research findings, including recognition of the limitations, applications, and implications of the data, and a discussion of alternative explanations of the results.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology will:
- Possess a broad knowledge of contemporary psychology.
- Have experience conducting psychological research.
- Be able to demonstrate skills in research design and data analysis.
- Be prepared for advanced study in psychology and related disciplines.