2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The Department of Psychology

Dr. Michael D. Havens, Chairperson
LA 525, (406) 657-2242
mhavens@msubillings.edu

Professors:  Hatch, Havens, McMullen
Assistant Professor:  Finger, Schaaf Gallagher
Professors Emeritus:  Mossman, Wiesner

Undergraduate Degrees and Majors

Bachelor of Arts
Major:  Psychology

Bachelor of Science
Major:  Psychology
Minor:  Psychology
Teaching Minor:  Psychology

Associate of Arts degree Program of Study:  Applied Psychology

Graduate Degree

Master of Science in Psychology
For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Advising Information

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to confirm that their Plan of Study is accurate and complete.  If necessary, changes and updates should be made in order to ensure that program requirements can be completed in a timely manner.  Faculty advisors work with students to explore appropriate internships, cooperative education placements, and/or experiential learning opportunities that will enhance the student’s academic program.  In addition, advisors provide assistance in selecting elective courses that support the student’s interests, career plans and Plan of Study.

Academic advising services for all freshmen Arts and Sciences majors are provided through the Advising Center on McMullen Hall first floor west.  Upon declaring a specific major, Arts and Science majors will be assigned to a faculty advisor in their department for upper-division advising.  Advising files for all upper-division students are maintained in the departmental office of the program in which the student is majoring.  Although advisors are available to assist students in designing their Plans of Study, students are ultimately responsible for meeting degree requirements.

Students interested in applied psychology, developing knowledge in human relations, abnormal psychology, psychological testing and clinical psychology are encouraged to develop their skills in an internship in a human service agency.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology can serve as a general Liberal Arts degree, as preparation for a career in Psychology, or as preparation for graduate school in Psychology or related fields.

As a general Liberal Arts degree, Psychology majors develop excellent interpersonal, research, writing, and analytical skills and are attractive to a wide variety of employers.  Students may wish to take appropriate courses in other areas to enhance their skills and marketability.  To prepare for a career in Psychology with a Bachelor’s degree, students are encouraged to consult with faculty to take appropriate courses and to pursue internships in the Billings community.

Students who graduate with the Bachelor’s degree in Psychology should be able to:

  • Understand the major theories of Psychology, their historical and philosophical background, and their clinical significance.
  • Understand the scientific process, especially the design of research questions, collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Demonstrate competency in collecting and analyzing data in a major research project.
  • Work effectively in a professional psychology setting, e.g. research, mental health.
  • Think critically, write and speak clearly on psychological topics.

Students intending to pursue graduate education should obtain a broad background in Psychology and maintain a high GPA.  All Psychology majors, but particularly those considering graduate school, are encouraged to work closely with at least one faculty member in research, and to keep in mind that letters of recommendation are required for graduate school applications and most other types of employment.

The Associate of Arts degree with a Program of Study in Applied Psychology provides part-time and paraprofessionally-oriented students with training in psychology at an intermediate level.  The graduate of this program is prepared for paraprofessional level positions in human services.

Students who graduate with the Associate of Arts degree in Psychology should be able to:

  • Understand the major theories of psychology.
  • Understand the scientific process, especially the design of research questions, collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Transfer psychological principles and concepts outside the academic setting.

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