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When you explore human behavior at OSU-Cascades, the skills you learn open a world of opportunities. Psychology is a diverse field — it’s grounded in scientific research, yet covers a range of topics, from the structure and function of the human brain, to the values and beliefs of different cultures. The skills you will learn will prepare you for a wide variety of careers or even graduate school. And even if you major in another subject, classes in psychology can enhance your understanding and help you in a future career.


Program Information

All psychology students must complete five main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: approx. 48 credits
  2. College of Liberal Arts Core: 15 credits
  3. B.A./B.S. requirements: 15 – 24 credits
  4. Psychology major requirements: 65 credits
  5. Electives if needed to meet the 180 credits, at least 60 upper division credits

Degree Guides and Plans

Psychology Degree Guide OSU-Cascades

Psychology 4-Year Sample Plan

Transfer Guides

OSU-Cascades COCC Transfer Guides

Psychology Transfer Guides from the College Liberal Arts for transfer preparation.

Using the following course forecast information students will plan ahead and work with their advisor to create and update academic plans.

OSU Course Catalog

OSU Class Search

Psychology Courses by Term

Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology's content domains.
  • Describe applications of psychology.
  • Design, conduct, and evaluate basic psychological research.
  • Draw appropriate, logical, and objective conclusions from empirical evidence.
  • Apply psychological principles to everyday life.
  • Use effective writing skills for different purposes.
  • Demonstrate effective presentation skills for different purposes.
  • Identify values that build community at local, national, and global levels.
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Define and respect human diversity.
  • Apply psychological content and skills to meaningful career goals.
  • Develop project management skills.
  • Function effectively as part of a team.

Minor (28 credits)

A psychology minor can enhance your major field of study and career path — and give you an added advantage. The minor provides broad exposure to the field of psychology.

Psychology Minor Curriculum Checklist (PDF)


Small Classes

You'll get to know your classmates and professors.


Join a Research Project

Learn to think like a scientist. Work side-by-side with faculty as an undergraduate researcher.



Apply what you learn in an internship in the local community.

As a psychology major, you will:

  • Come to understand the complexity of human behavior from a wide variety of perspectives, from the biological and cognitive, to the cultural and sociological. 
  • Develop close and supportive bonds with fellow students.
  • Learn from faculty researchers with expertise in fascinating areas such as stereotyping and prejudice.
  • Develop scientific skills like critical thinking, theory development, study design and data analysis.
  • Gain hands on experience by engaging in real world research with faculty. There are even fellowships to support your scholarship efforts.
  • Be able to enhance your education by applying knowledge you gain in the classroom to real world situations in an internship in our surrounding community.

One earth. Two ways we look at it.

People who are liberal tend to take on environmentally-friendly practices more often, like recycling and saving energy. But conservatives aren’t anti-environmental, says professor Chris Wolsko, a psychology researcher in The Laboratory for the American Conversation. He explains how today’s messages about the environment speak loudly to liberal values, like compassion and justice, but tend to ignore conservative values. His research demonstrated that when themes like loyalty and patriotism are included in messages, conservatives are more likely to protect the earth, too.

Sample Courses

  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • General Biology
  • Advanced Social Research Method
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Cognition
  • Personality
  • Health Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Special Topic Psychology of Religion
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Psychotherapy

Course Listing

Where do our grads work?

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Central Oregon
  • Deschutes County Behavioral Health
  • Intel Corporation
  • Lane County
  • Office of Head Start
  • Options for Southern Oregon
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Pacific Source Health Plans
  • Second Nature Cascades
  • South Coast Head Start
  • Territorial Seed Company
  • The Prevention Researcher


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