Psychology is defined as the science of behavior. Its domain ranges from the natural to the social sciences and includes such diverse topics as sensation and perception, brain function, learning and conditioning, emotion, and interpersonal relations. With the use of objective and systematic observation, psychologists hope to answer questions such as how do people learn, what are the effects of tranquilizers on the behavior of normal and disturbed people, what are the roots of prejudice and strife between groups and nationalities, how does conscience develop in children, and what are the neurophysiological bases for perception, motivation and memory.
Most of the hindrances to solving the crucial problems of the world today lie more in the minds of men and women than in technological deficiencies. The study of psychology can help a young person to understand him or herself, other people and the turbulent interpersonal forces around him or her, and can lead to an interesting and satisfying profession.
Students wishing to declare a major in psychology must have completed 24 credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.