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Certificate Programs

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers embedded certificates as part of the major. The certificates are considered embedded because they require no additional coursework—beyond specific courses in the major itself—to earn the certificate. All certificates require 15 credits (5 courses). The certificates are designed to (a) bring greater depth and structure to the major, (b) provide students with guidance as to courses that build on each other, and (c) ultimately increase the employability of our students. When you are planning for courses to complete a certificate, be sure to take into account that 400-level courses will often be offered as small sections and might not be offered every semester – if you are graduating soon, you should plan to complete most of the certificate using 300-level courses.

Applied Behavioral Health:

The required courses in this certificate reflect foundational component areas of psychology that focus on (a) human growth and development, both physically and psychologically and (b) positive and negative mental health, with an emphasis on mental health and developmental disorders. The prescribed electives include courses that focus on a variety of aspects of health and well-being and five of the six courses include practical applications of psychology, including the deployment and interpretation of psychological tests, therapeutic techniques, creation and monitoring of plans for personal growth and change, and the creation and application of reward systems. Following completion of this certificate, successful students should be able to: describe health;
identity health challenges at different life stages; and identify and implement evidence-based techniques for improving health and well-being.

  • Required courses:
    PSYC 306 Abnormal Psychology D
    PSYC 307 Developmental Psychology D
  • Select 3 of the following:
    PSYC 305 Psychology of Adjustment G
    PSYC 336 Drugs & Behavior G
    PSYC 360 Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine G
    PSYC 414 Behavior Principles G
    PSYC 450 Clinical Psychology G
    PSYC 470 Psychological Testing and Measurement G

Healthy Development:

The required courses in this certificate reflect foundational component areas of psychology that focus on (a) human growth and development, both physically and psychologically and (b) interpersonal behaviors and intrapersonal processes that affect our understanding of and relationships with others. The prescribed electives fall into two sets. The first set focuses on healthy and atypical development at different life stages, including adolescence, old age, and childhood. The second is a skills-based set of courses through which successful students will develop skills in healthy adjustment, behavioral modification, or therapeutic techniques. Following completion of this certificate, successful students should be able to: describe healthy development; identify instances of unhealthy or atypical development and their causes; and develop evidence-based plans to encourage healthier development.

  • Required courses:
    PSYC 307 Developmental Psychology D
    PSYC 315 Social Psychology D
  • Select 2 of the following:
    PSYC 323 Psychology of Adolescence G
    PSYC 365 Psychology of Aging G
    PSYC 407 Behavioral Disorders of Children G
  • Select 1 of the following:
    PSYC 305 Psychology of Adjustment G
    PSYC 414 Behavior Principles G
    PSYC 450 Clinical Psychology G

Psychology of Diversity:

The required courses in this certificate reflect foundational component areas of psychology that focus on (a) interpersonal behaviors and intrapersonal processes that affect our understanding of and relationships with others and (b) human cognitive processes that people use to understand information and categorize people and objects. The prescribed electives include courses that focus on a variety of aspects of diversity. These courses focus on the experiences of understudied and/or underrepresented persons and the psychological processes associated with their interpersonal treatment from others. Following completion of this certificate, successful students should be able to: describe diversity; compare and contrast the interpersonal treatment of different persons; synthesize and critique theories of diversity, marginalization, and inclusion; and provide empirically informed answers to questions about diversity facing real-world organizations today.

  • Required courses:
    PSYC 315 Social Psychology D
    PSYC 345 Human Cognitive Processes E
  • Select 3 of the following:
    PSYC 206 Black Psychology F
    PSYC 208 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Minority Experience F
    PSYC 209 Psychology of Culture and Diversity F
    PSYC 210 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality F
    PSYC 300 Psychology of Women F
    PSYC 303 Psychology of Women of Color F
    PSYC 432 Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations F

Work and Organizations:

The required courses in this certificate reflect foundational component areas of psychology that focus on (a) individual personalities and the behavioral and skill implications of individual traits and (b) interpersonal behaviors and intrapersonal processes that affect our understanding of and relationships with others. The prescribed electives include courses that focus on a variety of aspects of work and organizations, including the psychological underpinnings of workplace practices like hiring and training, organizational behavior, sports, negotiation and conflict, and testing.
Following completion of this certificate, successful students should be able to: describe work and organizations; use common organizational practices; and develop evidence-based plans
and processes for improving workplaces and worker well-being.

  • Required courses:
    PSYC 315 Social Psychology D
    PSYC 330 Personality Psychology D
  • Select 3 of the following:
    PSYC 304 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity G
    PSYC 352 Organizational Psychology D/G (only two courses
    needed to fill menu D)
    PSYC 353 Personnel Psychology G
    PSYC 354 Conflict and Negotiation G
    PSYC 432 Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations F
    PSYC 470 Psychological Testing and Measurement G
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