Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The Department of Psychology at WSU Tri-Cities offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students wishing to major in psychology at the undergraduate level. This degree emphasizes both the experimental and applied aspects of the discipline. It provides fundamental training in basic areas (neuroscience and cognitive psychology, social and organizational psychology, and clinical/counseling psychology) as well as training in statistical analysis and scientific methodology.

The degree is designed to prepare students for entry into the job market immediately following graduation in a wide variety of fields that utilize knowledge of human behavior, communication, and interpersonal skills. Students also are prepared for post-baccalaureate graduate study and training in counseling, clinical, and experimental psychology. 

RELATED FIELDS

  • Adolescence
  • Criminal Justice
  • Ethics
  • Human Development
  • Neuroscience
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Psychology Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology requires a minimum of 35 credit hours in psychology.

Of these 35 credits…

  1. 15 credit hours must be in upper-division psychology courses (i.e., 300 or 400 level).
  2. A minimum of 10 credit hours of psychology must be completed at WSU

In addition, students must…

  1. Complete one semester of General Biology with Lab (Biol 102, Biol 106, Biol 107, or other approved General Biology course)
  2. Complete the Senior Exit Survey.
  3. Maintain a cumulative and Psychology GPA of 2.0

Students may use the Psychology Check Sheet for the B.S. to track their progress toward degree completion.

If you have specific questions about requirements for the minor, please follow this link https://psychology.wsu.edu/undergrad/majoring-in-psychology-new/ and contact your academic advisor.

Psychology Minor Requirements

If you have specific questions about requirements for the minor, please follow this link https://psychology.wsu.edu/undergrad/majoring-in-psychology-new/ and contact your academic advisor. 

FRESHMAN

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

TRANSFER

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

CAREERS

Psychology provides a solid background for a wide range of careers. Students are encouraged to discuss their options with their professors, academic advisors, and potential employers. Some students go on to further graduate education to prepare for careers in counseling, clinical or experimental psychology.  Students will maximize their potential for employment and further graduate study by excelling in their course work and seeking out opportunities to be involved in student organizations, to participate in service learning, to be a research or teaching assistant, or to do an internship. 

 For research and teaching assistant opportunities, identity the faculty member whose teaching and research area most closely matches your interests.  Check with that faculty member about the possibility of being an undergraduate research assistant or undergraduate teaching assistant. 

Students who are interested in an internship are encouraged to use the resources provided by career services  https://tricities.wsu.edu/careerdev/ 

Career services https://tricities.wsu.edu/careerdev/  also provides a range of resources and services that can help psychology students explore their career options and prepare to be more competitive on the job market

Jane Sampson

Psychology Student

After graduating, I’m moving to Oklahoma City to teach in an underserved/under-resourced middle school with Teach for America. My professors at WSUTC were so great, though, that I intend to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology following my commitment. I really loved attending WSUTC for the sense of community. I was able to make lasting connections with other students in my major and I really felt my professors knew me. Go Cougs!

Janet Peters 2019

Janet Peters

Scholarly Associate Professor 
Department of Psychology 

Janet Peters is a Scholarly Associate Professor of Psychology. Dr. Peters received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and has been at Washington State University since 2014. She teaches a variety of undergraduate classes including Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods, we well as serving as the advisor of the Psychology student club. Her research focuses on student and employee engagement.  

Dr. Peters also serves as the director of Instructional Excellence & Innovation at WSU Tri-Cities. She is passionate about implementing empirically supported teaching strategies and helping others find creative ways to include them into their various disciplines.