Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. We can think of Psychology as having three faces. It is a discipline, a major subject of study in colleges and universities. It is a science, a method of conducting research and understanding behavioral data. Psychology is also a profession, a calling that requires one to apply special knowledge, abilities and skills to solve human problems. Psychologists study a wide range of human and animal behavior, ranging from child development to abnormal behavior, from brain functioning to personality measurement. In contrast to other behavioral sciences, psychology typically focuses on the individual and the physiological, cognitive, and social processes that impact individual behavior.
The Psychology Department offers freshman and sophomore level courses in psychology appropriate for pre-psychology majors and general students. Courses available include introductory psychology, psychology as a natural science, research methods, learning theory, the psychology of sex differences, and applied, abnormal, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology. Most psychology courses fulfill social science distribution requirements for BC’s associate in arts and sciences degree. Psychology 202, Physiological Psychology–a natural science–gives credit in the math/science distribution area. The introductory course, Psychology 100, gives a broad overview of the discipline of psychology and provides a prerequisite to most of the 200-level courses. For more information about our courses, distribution requirements, special offerings, and links to some of the faculty who teach the courses, see our Course Catalog.