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Idaho State University

Undergraduate Program

 Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and conscious experience. Its domain ranges from the natural to the social sciences and includes such diverse topics as brain function, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, development, personality, and social behavior. At the undergraduate level, the major emphasizes the role of the liberal arts in higher education and personal development.

Beyond the general education goals, psychology students learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills by developing competence in the methods of scientific research, psychometric principles, and data analysis. They integrate and apply the theories and knowledge base from the various domains of psychology and develop a well-rounded view of psychology and its importance in understanding behavior. Psychology promotes an appreciation for individual and cultural differences, as well as ethical principles in decision-making. The study of psychology increases understanding of self and others and enables individuals to make informed judgments that strengthen community and public policy.

Specifically, the objectives of the undergraduate program are to facilitate student development of (1) basic knowledge of the major and careers in psychology, (2) psychological knowledge, (3) skills in psychological science and critical thinking, (4) effective communication, and (5) appreciation for individual differences, cultural context, and multiculturalism.

General Education Requirement

Undergraduate Psychology Major/Minor course Requirements

Some marketable skills that a student with a major in Psychology receives are

  • The ability to interpret/explain psychological research
  • An understanding of human development/behavior
  • The ability to observe and analyze
  • The ability to organize and interpret data
  • The ability to mediate/negotiate
  • The ability to make decisions
  • and a proficiency in interpersonal communication

Psychology Department



Department of Psychology

921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8112

Pocatello ID 83209



Physical/Walk-in Address:
1400 E Terry 
Garrison Hall
Building 63 
4th floor
Main Office Rm 427

Psychology Clinic

(208) 282-2129

(208) 282-5411

Psychology Clinic

921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8021

Pocatello, ID 83209


Physical/Walk-in Address:
1400 E Terry 
Garrison Hall
Building 63 
5th Floor
Reception Rm 533