Psychology studies all aspects of human behavior, including how we sense and perceive the world, how desires and feelings affect what we do, and how we learn and remember and create ideas. These recurring mental activities constitute our personalities and attitudes, and when different personalities interact, they are changed. To study these varied behaviors, psychology draws upon the knowledge acquired by most other academic disciplines. Hence, you will most likely enjoy and do well in psychology if you have varied interests, and have studied many of the subjects available in high school, including math and science.
Why study psychology at Northwest College?
- At Northwest College you can study everything in the first two years of a bachelor's degree program.
- Many psychology classes at most universities are large because psychology is a popular major, but at Northwest you will have small classes offering personalized attention from faculty who have worked in a variety of institutions, and you can interact with other students.
- A research course during final term will pull together many components of your other psychology courses and give you research skills needed in advanced work.
- Options for independent study include work with faculty who engage in mental health practice, education assessment, and psychological testing.
What will I learn?
- Understanding of psychological goals, which include describing, explaining, predicting and shaping human behavior.
- Understanding of the many varied psychology concepts and theories and research findings used to describe and explain behavior.
- Abilities to describe, interpret, and evaluate research done by other psychologists, as well as to design, execute, and report your own research using measures, observations or experiments.
- Abilities to use psychological theories and research to enhance your personal, family, work, and community life.
What are graduates of NWC's Psychology Department doing now?
Most students who specialize in Psychology at Northwest College eventually transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree. Many students transfer to the University of Wyoming Psychology Department, with whom we have a close working relationship and where a number of our graduates have been especially successful. Other graduates have transferred easily to numerous large and small public and private schools outside of Wyoming. If you do well in your studies at Northwest College, you will be well prepared to enter advanced studies in psychology at any college or university in the country.
- SOSC 1101 - Social Science First Year Seminar (3) * or equivalent First Year Seminar
- PSYC 1000 - General Psychology (3)
- PSYC 2000 - Research Psychological Methods (4)
Total Core Courses: 10 Credits
Students must complete nine credits from the following list of approved courses.
- PSYC 1200 - Human Development (3)
- or PSYC 2300 - Child Psychology (3)
- PSYC 2080 - Biological Psychology (3)
- PSYC 2210 - Drugs and Behavior (3)
- PSYC 2330 - Psychology of Adjustment (3)
- PSYC 2340 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
- PSYC 2380 - Social Psychology (3)
- PSYC 2420 - Critical Thinking (3)
Total Core Electives: 9 Credits
- Demonstrate a familiarity with and understanding of the concepts and language used to describe and explain the human behaviors covered in the course.
- Demonstrate introductory-level knowledge about the character and causes and effects of those behaviors examined in the course.
- Demonstrate an introductory-level understanding of the several varied and most widely held perspectives and theories used by different “schools” of Psychologists to describe and explain many of the behaviors covered in the course.
- Demonstrate an introductory-level ability to describe, interpret, and evaluate psychological research done by others.
- Demonstrate an introductory-level ability to apply psychological methods and knowledge to analyzing and changing behavior.
- Demonstrate an introductory-level ability to integrate diverse psychological concepts, theories, and research findings about human behaviors.
- Demonstrate an introductory-level ability to design one’s own psychological research about human behavior.
- Forensic psychology
- Organizational psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Developmental psychology
About the School
Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district.