Psychological Science

Chair: Corey Guenther
Associate Chair: Alicia Earl
Department Office: Hixson-Lied Science Building, Room 302

The Department of Psychological Science designs its courses and programs to provide

  1. one facet of the multidisciplinary study of humans,

  2. a personal and scientific understanding of behavior and mental processes,

  3. preparation for employment in a business, a social agency, or in secondary education, and

  4. preparation for continued study in a graduate school of psychology or in one of the professional schools.

Psychology, B.S.

Specific Requirements for Admission to the Psychology Major

Completion of PSY 201 Introductory Psychology with a 2.00 GPA in completed PSY courses, completion of at least 24 hours of undergraduate study, and at least one PSY course in residence at Creighton University.

Psychology Major requirements (38 credits)

Group A: Introduction and Research Methodologies of Psychology
Students must complete all courses in Group A.
PSY 201Introductory Psychology3
PSY 313Research Methods And Statistics I3
PSY 314Research Methods and Statistics I - Laboratory1
PSY 315Research Methods And Statistics II3
PSY 316Research Methods And Statistics II Laboratory1
Group B: Foundational Domains in Psychology
Students complete one course from each of the following four domains.
Domain 13
Cognitive Psychology
Learning: Basic Processes
Domain 23
Sensation and Perception
Behavioral Neuroscience
Domain 33
Infant and Child Development 1
Adolescent And Adult Development
Domain 43
Psychology of Personality
Social Psychology
Domain 53
Students select a fifth course from the four domains above.
Group C: Applications of Psychology3
Students must complete one of the following courses.
Health Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Psychology and the Law
Organizational Psychology
School Psychology
Psychological Assessments
Forensic Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Group D: Senior Capstone Courses 3
One required. To enroll in Group D courses, students must be of Junior or Senior standing and have or be enrolled in 15 Psychology hours.
Application Capstones
Undergraduate Internship In Psychology
Undergraduate Internship In Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Integration Capstones
History And Systems Of Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology
Research Capstones
Honors Seminar (on invitation)
Advanced Behavioral Research (instructor consent)
PSY Elective Courses 36
Students complete 6 credits (2 courses). 2
Total Credits38

Minor in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

This program provides a systematic introduction to the neural basis of mental function. It includes research from experimental work done with humans and animals, as well as findings from clinical populations.  The goal of the minor is to provide a balanced, synthesized, and integrated view of what we know about the brain and its effects on cognition and behavior.

Minor requirements: 18 credits*

PSY 201Introductory Psychology3
PSY 437Behavioral Neuroscience3
Twelve credits from the following:12
Cognitive Psychology
Learning: Basic Processes
Sensation and Perception
Cognitive Neuroscience
Drugs and Behavior
Pharmacology of Drugs and Abuse
Total Credits18


Professors: Amy S. Badura Brack, Jill Brown, Alicia Klanecky Earl, Matthew T. Huss, Maya M. Khanna, Dustin Stairs

Professor Emeritus: Gary K. Leak, Mark E. Ware

Associate Professors: Thomas L. Budesheim II, Joshua A. Fairchild, Laura Lei Finken, Corey Guenther

Assistant Professors: Vanessa Minervini, Amber Witherby