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Psychology, B.A.

Requirements

The BA in Psychology is designed for students who desire a full bachelor’s degree in psychology. The degree will prepare students for careers and further education in Utah, the Mountain West, and nationwide by (a) creating a curriculum built around the five pillars of psychology described by the American Psychological Association (APA); (b) emphasizing skills desired by employers (e.g., written communication, critical thinking, working in teams); and (c) providing engaged learning experiences (e.g., service-learning, internship, capstone) about current psychological topics.

Total Program Credits: 120 

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning  (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra  (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra  (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries  (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  (2.0)  
 Distribution Course Requirements  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities (Fulfilled with Foreign Language 202G/2020 course)* 4
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  PSY 1010 General Psychology (Fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 53 Credits
Psychology Core  
  PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span  3
  PSY 2710 Introduction to Brain and Behavior 3
  PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology   3
  PSY 3420 Cognitive Psychology 3
  PSY 350G Social Psychology  3
Research Requirement  
  BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences  4
  PSY 3030 Research Methods for Psychology 4
Biological Requirement. Complete ONE of the following: 3
  PSY 3430 Psychopharmacology  (3.0)  
  PSY 3450 Behavioral Neuroscience  (4.0)  
  PSY 3490 Sensation and Perception  (4.0)  
Developmental Requirement. Complete ONE of the following: 3
  PSY 3200 Infancy and Childhood Development  (3.0)  
  PSY 3210 Adolescent Development  (3.0)  
  PSY 3220 Adult Development  (3.0)  
Cognitive Requirement. Complete ONE of the following: 3
  PSY 3300 Motivation and Emotion     (3.0)  
  PSY 3480 Principles of Learning  (4.0)  
  PSY 4690 Human Intelligence (3.0)  
Social/Personality Requirement. Complete ONE of the following: 3
  ANTH 101G Social/Cultural Anthropology (3.0)  
  PSY 3100 Psychology of Gender (3.0)  
  PSY 3460 Personality Theory  (3.0)  
Mental & Physical Health Requirement. Complete ONE of the following: 3
  PSY 2800 Human Sexuality  (3.0)  
  PSY 3105 Health Psychology  (3.0)  
  PSY 4300 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy  (3.0)  
Capstone Requirement. Complete at least three credits from the following: 3
  PSY 4150 Tests and Measurements  (3.0)  
  PSY 4500 History and Systems of Psychology (3.0)  
  PSY 488R Advanced Research Experience in Psychology (1.0)  
  PSY 482R Internship Seminar  (1.0)  
and BESC 481R Senior Internship  (1.0)  
  PSY 4850 Introduction to Pedagogy (3.0)  
Complete twelve additional credits of Psychology Electives. Four credits must be from one of the following if not already taken: PSY 3450, PSY 3480, or PSY 3490. Please see your academic advisor to make sure you will complete at least 40 credits of upper division coursework. 12
Elective Requirements: 31 Credits
  Complete 12 credits of one Foreign Language, including ASL (Foreign Language 202G/2020* course fulfills Humanities Distribution) * 12
  Complete 19 credits of 1000-level or higher coursework from any subject 19
Graduation Requirements:
  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum overall UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation.
  3. Minimum 2.5 program GPA upon graduation.
  4. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. All major course work taken to meet Psychology requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  6. For the BA degree, completion of 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor for explanation of all program requirements, a list of recommended classes, and for assistance with creating an academic plan for graduation.

Note: If a student has completed an associate degree through another institution, the required general education courses may be waived.

Note: Students would need to pass ENGL 1010 and ENGL 2010 or 2020 with a C+ or higher as prerequisites for the Psychology Bachelor degree courses.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
Elective (MAT 1010 recommended here if needed) 4
PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Elective   3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing—Humanities/Social Sciences 3
Mathematics GE   3
Biology GE   3
Fine Arts GE   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span 3
BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values 3
PSY 3420 Cognitive Psychology 3
Physical Science GE 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 350G Social Psychology 3
PSY 3030 Research Methods in Psychology 4
Additional Biology or Science GE 3
American Institutions GE Personal Health Wellness/Fitness for Life 3
Elective    3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 2710 Introduction to Brain & Behavior 3
PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology 3
Cognitive PSY Course 3
Language 1   4
  Semester total: 13
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Developmental PSY course 3
Biological PSY course 3
Lab Requirement 4
Language 2 4
  Semester total: 14
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Mental/Physical Health PSY course 3
PSY elective 3
PSY elective 3
Language 3 4
Elective  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Capstone course 3
PSY elective 3
Language 4 Humanities GE fulfilled by LANG 202G 4
Social/Personality PSY course 3
Elective  2
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Behavioral Science

Location:

CB 207

Telephone:

801-863-6377

Email:

BESC_OFFICE@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/besc

Chair:

Cameron John

Chair Email

Cameron.John@uvu.edu

Assistant Chair:

Grace Chou

Assistant Chair Email

chougr@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The Behavioral Science department is a rigorous interdisciplinary program (Anthropology, Family Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Substance Use Disorder Counseling) that prepares students to make positive contributions in their academic, work, and community settings by developing their understanding of human functioning in various contexts. We promote and mentor student engagement with each other and with their academic, professional, or geographic communities in order to achieve essential learning outcomes.

 
 

Behavioral Science

Please see our department site for the most up to date and accurate information.

Advisors:

To find out who your assigned advisor is and schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.uvu.edu/besc/bescacademicadvising.html

  • April Kirk 
  • Family Studies (last names A-R)
  • Telephone: 801-863-5347
  • Email: April.Kirk@uvu.edu
  • Bryan Walker
  • Family Studies (last names S-Z)
  • Psychology (last names Q-Z)
  • Telephone: 801-863-5891
  • Email: BWalker@uvu.edu
  • Cindy Lau
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Associate in Behavioral Science
  • Telephone: 801-863-8120
  • Email: Cindy.Lau@uvu.edu
  • Kaye Fugal
  • Psychology (last names H-P)
  • Telephone: 801-863-8073
  • Email: fugalkay@uvu.edu
  • Lori Duke
  • Anthropology (all)
  • Psychology (last names A-G)
  • Telephone: 801-863-6718
  • Email: dukelo@uvu.edu
  • Sarah Lindsey
  • Sociology
  • Telephone: 801-863-5717
  • Email: SarahL@uvu.edu

Administrative Support:

Program Coordinators:

  • Anthropology: Patience Kabamba
  • Telephone: 801-863-5329
  • Email: PKabamba@uvu.edu
  • Master of Social Work: Lars Eggertsen
  • Telephone: 801-863-6731
  • Email: larse@uvu.edu
  • Family Studies: Dr. Nathan Cottle
  • Telephone: 801-863-5105
  • Email: NCottle@uvu.edu
  • Sociology: TBA
  • Telephone: 801-863-7344
  • Email:
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling: TBA
  • Telephone: 801-863-8585
  • Email:

 

Programs/Degrees

Associate in Art or Science in Behavioral Science
Bachelor of Art or Science in Behavioral Science

  • Anthropology
  • Family Studies
  • Sociology

Bachelor of Psychology
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work
Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate of Proficiency

 
 

Faculty

Christopher Anderson(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, B.S., Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Jeremy Boden(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University; Ph.D., Human Development & Family Studies, Texas Tech University.

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Brett Breton(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



A.S., Aviation & Air Traffic Control, Mount San Antonio College; B.S., Psychology, M.S., Counseling & School Psychology, Ph.D., Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Teresa Cardon(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Center for Autism
Director

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty

B.A., M.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University; Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University.

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Debjani Chakravarty(2015)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.com, Accountancy & Business Economics, University of Calcutta; M.A., M.Phil., Sociology, University of Purdue; Ph.D., Gender Studies, Arizona State University.

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Grace Chou(2002)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, National Taiwan University; M.A., Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Riverside.

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Nathan Cottle(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Family Science and Human Development, M.S., Marriage, Family & Human Development, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas.

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Matthew Draper(2008)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; M.A., Counseling, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin.

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Lars Eggertsen(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty

Department: Social Work Graduate Studies

B.S., Family Science, Brigham Young University; M.S.W., Loma Linda University; Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah.

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Ronald Hammond(1992)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Health Care Administration, Idaho State University; M.S., Health Science, Ph.D., Sociology/Family Studies, Brigham Young University.

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Jessica Hill(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Florida State University; M.A., Visual Cognition and Human Performance, University of Illinois.

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Cameron John(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Weber State University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Arizona.

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Patience Kabamba(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Centre Sevres Jesuit College; M.A., Developmental Studies, University of Natal Durban, So. Africa; Ph.D., Anthropology, Columbia University.

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David Knowlton(2002)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Anthropology, University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Texas.

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Claudia Lieberwirth(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Research Psychology, University of Michigan; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Florida State University.

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Martin McDonell(2017)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Dan Diego State University; M.S.W., California State University-Long Beach; Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah.

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Alan Misbach(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; MWS, Social Work, University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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Julie Nelson(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Elementary Education & Early Childhood, Brigham Young University; M.A., Family & Human Development, Utah State University.

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Elijah Nielson(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Asian Studies, M.S.W., Brigham Young University; J.D., Ave Maria School of Law; L.L.M., Stratus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Ph.D., (ABD), Social Work, University of Utah.

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Angelea Panos(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, M.S.W., Mental & Occupational Health, University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

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Barton Poulson(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; M.A., Psychology, Hunter College; M. Phil., Psychology, Ph.D., Social-Personality Psychology, The City University of New York.

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Grant Richards(1992)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Animal Science, M.S., Psychology, Ed.D., Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Leo Schlosnagle(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



A.S., Computer Science, Garrett College; B.A., Psychology, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Ph.D., Psychology, West Virginia University.

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Alexander Simon(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, M.A., Sociology, State University of New York, Albany; Ph.D., Sociology, Simon Fraser University.

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James Taylor(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, University of Utah; M.S., Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University.

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Anton Tolman(2006)

Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, University of Denver; M.A., Psychology, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon.

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Jeffrey Torlina(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, Oakland University; Ph.D., Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Russell Warne(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University.

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Lashawn Williams-Schultz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, Duke University; M.P.A., Criminal Justice, M.S.W., Marywood University; Ph.D., (ABD), Health Professions Education, College of Saint Mary.

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