Nov 19, 2018  
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook

Psychology, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is designed to provide an academic foundation for the study of human behavior and psychological processes. Students can prepare for graduate-level study in psychology or for entry level positions in mental health, human services, and other fields.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program are expected to be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge Base of Psychology:  Explain the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology:  Identify and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology:  Use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology:  Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Values in Psychology:  Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  6. Information and Technological Literacy:  Use information and technology to identify resources, solve problems, and communicate.
  7. Communication Skills:  Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  8. Sociocultural and/or International Awareness:  Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

The B.S. in Psychology program is no longer accepting students into the program.

Program Structure and Delivery

Courses in the program are delivered in a blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 122 semester credits is required for graduation with the Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University. All students must meet the general education requirements. A minimum of 36 credits is needed to complete the B.S. in Psychology program.

Foundational Courses 12 cr.
Communication Courses  6 cr.
Core Courses 24 cr.
Elective Courses  6 cr.
Total 48 cr.



Three elective credits may also come from a select list of business and human resource management courses. Please contact staff for more information.

Students enrolled in B.S. programs with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may take up to 6 graduate-level credits within the bachelor’s program from a specified list of courses offered by Saint Mary’s University. The courses must be part of their final 12 credits taken in the bachelor’s candidate program. These courses will satisfy the residential credits as part of both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. To receive graduate credit, the student must earn a grade of B or higher.

The approved courses are as follows:

  • PY605 Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PY607 Theories of Personality (3 cr.)
  • ADS551 Historical & Contemporary (2 cr.)
  • ADS552 Applied Research & Evaluation (2 cr.)
  • ADS553 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Addiction Services (2 cr.)
  • HS606 Common Diseases and Treatments (1 cr.)
  • HS616 Health Informatics (2 cr.)
  • HS671 Human Services Systems (3 cr.)
  • HS672 Health Care Systems (3 cr.)


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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