Program Overview


Ethan McMahan

Overview of Discipline

Psychology is a science that studies behavior from psychological, biological, and social perspectives. The major and elective requirements are designed to achieve a broad understanding of the contents, concepts, and research methods of contemporary psychology in the context of a quality Liberal Arts education.

Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate program of the Psychology Department is to provide a useful course of study in Psychology that will enable students to obtain employment or to pursue an advanced degree. This program will accomplish the following: educate students about diverse topics within Psychology, teach critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills, provide students with opportunities to perform research, and enable students to develop professional writing and other communication skills.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completing requirements for a major in Psychology at UCCS, students will be able to:

  • Display knowledge of several areas of specialization in Psychology (i.e., abnormal, biopsychology, cognitive, developmental, measurement, methodology, personality, and social).
  • Demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning, information gathering, and writing skills. Following the American Psychological Association guidelines, students will utilize their scientific reasoning skills to write a research article based on a literature search using information-gathering skills (e.g., library, internet, etc.)
  • Psychology majors will find their course of study to be useful in obtaining employment or pursuing an advanced degree.

NOTE:  All students in Psychology courses are responsible for reading and complying with the Student Code of Conduct, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and the LAS Plagiarism Policy.


The Psychology major for a Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of PSY course work and a minimum of 18 credit hours of upper-division (3000+ level) PSY course work.  A grade of at least C- in the four required foundation courses, the four core content courses, and the one Advanced Seminar.

Academic Advising is where all UCCS students receive academic advising regarding degree program, and graduation requirements.  Academic Advising is located on the second floor of Main Hall, room 208 (lobby). Phone: (719) 255-3260 or toll free: (800) 990-UCCS.  The Academic Advising office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. They are closed during major holidays (please refer to the academic calendar).  Walk-in advising is available Mondays 9 am-1 pm and then from 2-5 pm. Appointments are available Tuesday through Friday during regular office hours.

Academic Advisors assigned to Psychology are:

Valerie McClinton
Maria O'Connell
Elaine Blacharski
Aaron Bauer

In addition to the Bulletin (catalog) and the Degree Audit, Advising Guides have been developed as a supplemental advising tool for students by Academic Advising.  The link below accesses the undergraduate Psychology program advising guide for the current catalog year.

Psychology Advising Guide

Psychology Department Undergraduate Advising Handbook covers many important advising issues for Psychology Majors and Minors. Students are highly encouraged to read this document.

Psychology Current Course Search
View all current UCCS Psychology courses.

Psychology Undergraduate Lower-Division Courses
Complete listing of UCCS Psychology Department undergraduate, lower-division courses.

Psychology Undergraduate Upper-Division Courses
Complete listing of UCCS Psychology Department undergraduate, upper-division courses.

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