Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year of college/university study or two years of high school study of a single world language.
The 60-credit major is intended to provide a foundation for professional careers and/or graduate training in psychology. It requires substantial coursework in the methodological, statistical, and content areas of psychology, while still allowing for individualized student interests and choice. Students enrolled in the 60-credit major also have the opportunity to receive credit toward their degree for participation in professional development and research experiences.
Required Courses for the 60-credit major
Select at least one course from each of the following groups:
Elective Credits: 14-17
May include a maximum of five lower division credits. In addition to the classes listed above, other 300 and 400-level psychology classes may also qualify for elective credits.
**Not more than 10 hours of PSY 295 and PSY 495 combined may be applied to a psychology major.
Psychology Department Information
College of the Sciences
Psychology Bldg., room 421
Mail Stop 7575
See the department website for how this major may be used for educational and career purposes (see the Career Guide under Prospective Students tab).
Faculty and Staff
Stephanie Stein, PhD
Stephen B. Schepman, PhD
Terry L. DeVietti, PhD, physiological and experimental psychology
Susan D. Lonborg, PhD, health psychology, substance abuse, clinical and research ethics, career development, gender, social networking
Megan D. Matheson, PhD, nonhuman primate social behavior, evolutionary psychology, self-injurious behavior, comparative psychology
Stephen B. Schepman, PhD, organization development, work motivation, personality theories, social psychology, statistics
Anthony J. Stahelski, PhD, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology, small group interaction, leadership, cults and extremist groups, aggression and violence, terrorism
Stephanie Stein, PhD, school psychology, curriculum-based measurement, behavior disorders in children, lifespan development, psychopathology
Marte Fallshore, PhD, environmental decision-making, psychology of law, learning, memory, statistics, cognition
Kara I. Gabriel, PhD, general experimental psychology, spatial skills, risk-taking, biopsychology
Ralf Greenwald, PhD, cognitive brain dynamics, event-related potentials, critical thinking, psychology of video gaming, general cognitive psychology
Heath Marrs, EdD, school psychology, educational psychology, response to intervention, gender issues in education
Jeffrey M. Penick, PhD, mental health counseling, group counseling, counseling supervision, adult aging and development, health psychology
Danielle Polage, PhD, cognitive psychology, psychology and law, memory, eyewitness testimony, lying and jury deliberation
Terrence J. Schwartz, PhD, educational psychology, counseling psychology, statistical analysis
Wendy A. Williams, PhD, applied behavior analysis, general experimental psychology, adults with autism, canine behavior, single-subject research
Sara Bender, PhD, psychotic disorders, clinical expectations related to recovery, efficacy of online learning, cyber-supervision
Heidi Bogue, PhD, school psychology, efficacy of school-based interventions, graduate student success, social-emotional functioning and behavior in children
Tonya Buchanan, PhD, experimental psychology, social psychology, implicit and explicit attitudes, power, interpersonal perceptions, deception
Sadie Lovett, PhD, applied behavior analysis, derived stimulus relations, verbal behavior, instructional design, rehabilitation
Richard Marsicano, PhD, academic and behavioral interventions, intervention adherence, performance feedback, and response to intervention
Meaghan Nolte, PhD, mindfulness, addictions treatment, counselor training, identity, epistemological development
Liane Pereira, PhD, youth mental health, human development, social determinants of health, educational psychology
Mary Radeke, PhD, use of facial cues in personality assessment, conversation development in young children, personality traits, technology in the classroom, primate communication
Fred Washburn, PhD, counselor development, supervision readiness, assessing counselor competency, counselor pedagogy
Mark Soelling, PhD, counseling psychology, psychology and the law, psychopharmacology
Cristina Bistricean, MS, high-functioning autism, behavior in rehab/nursing facilities, anxiety, intrusive thoughts
Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, counseling psychology, counseling supervision, multicultural counseling
Jesse James, PhD, cognitive neuroscience, sleep and memory, psychology of spirituality and religion
Debbie Thomas, secretary supervisor
Loretta Ney, secretary lead
Chris Buchanan, engineering technician III
The psychology department offers an important behavioral science component of the university’s liberal arts curriculum. As part of the General Education program, courses in psychology broaden the student’s knowledge about behavior, cognition, and emotion. Through our major and minor programs, students can develop an understanding of the perspectives, content, and methods of the science and practice of psychology and prepare for graduate study.
Prior to admission to the psychology major, students must meet the following requirements:
Completion of PSY 101 with a grade of C or higher
GPA of 2.25 or higher in college coursework
Students wishing to apply for admission to the psychology major or minor are required to register with the department and be advised by a member of the department faculty. Students may register as pre-majors in psychology if they wish to join the major but have not yet met the admission requirements. The department reserves the right to change requirements as circumstances warrant. Application forms may be obtained from the department office or on the department website.
Students are required to have a 2.5 GPA within the major area to receive the degree.
Senior psychology majors are required to complete the department’s end-of-major examination in the quarter before graduating. Students should register for the examination in the department office. The purpose of this requirement is to enable us to assess whether the department has fulfilled its instructional objectives and to provide us with information that will enable us continuously to improve our programs and courses. In PSY 200 Introduction to the Major (taken after applying to the psychology major), students will learn about the portfolio requirements that will be due in PSY 489 Senior Assessment. One of the PSY 489 portfolio requirements is a minimum of ten hours of service learning and/or research assistant experience. This requirement can be met any time prior to the end of PSY 489.
The eligibility requirements for admission to the Department of Psychology honors program include the following:
- Admission to the program: The student must be a psychology major, at least a junior but not more than a first quarter senior, and have completed core courses with a GPA of at least 3.25 in those courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0. The student must apply in writing to the department chair, with a supporting letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty who agrees to supervise the student’s work to completion.
- Requirements and Procedures: The student will register for 4-6 credits in PSY 497, Undergraduate Honors Thesis. In consultation with the supervising faculty member, the student chooses a three-person faculty committee. Plans for the honors project, generally an empirical research study, must be approved by the entire committee. The project will culminate in a written research report and a formal defense of the thesis.
College of the Sciences Information
Administration and Organization
Tim Englund, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Mike Harrod (Dean Hall, room 130)
Martha Kurtz, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Brad Weekly, development officer
Velma Henry, administrative assistant
Cindy Klein, fiscal specialist
Janis Orthmann, administrative assistant
Colleen Falconer, program coordinator
Dannica Price, event coordinator
Mail Stop 7519
The College of the Sciences (COTS) is comprised of 13 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs representing disciplines in the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, and mathematics. The departments and programs of the college offer undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, minors that supplement other degree programs, and a comprehensive range of service coursework. As an essential part of its mission, the college offers an extensive general education curriculum. The departments play a major role in Central’s Teacher Certification Programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific content and methods.
Departments within the college are committed to teaching excellence, active engagement by faculty in research, scholarship and professional service activities, student involvement in research, community service, and employing practical applications of academic specializations.
All departments offer baccalaureate degree programs and, in some cases, minors, educational specialist degrees and master’s degrees. In addition to consulting department/program headings in this catalog, students are encouraged to contact individual departments and program offices directly.
Anthropology and Museum Studies: Kathleen Barlow, PhD, Dean Hall, room 356, 509-963-3201
Biological Sciences: James Johnson, PhD, Science Building, room 338, 509-963-2731
Chemistry: Levente Fabry-Asztalos, PhD, Science Building, room 302, 509-963-2811
Computer Science: Aaron Montgomery, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 219, 509-963-1495
Geography: John Bowen, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
Geological Sciences: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
Law and Justice: James Huckabay, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 300, 509-963-3208
Mathematics: Stuart Boersma, PhD, Bouillon Hall, room 108, 509-963-2103
Physics: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Lind Hall, room 201A, 509-963-2727
Political Science: Todd Schaefer, PhD, Psychology Building, room 415, 509-963-2408
Psychology: Stephanie Stein, PhD, Psychology Building, room 421, 509-963-2381
Science Education: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Science Building, room 107, 509-963-2929
Sociology: Delores Cleary, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 409, 509-963-1305
These programs offer specialized coursework, interdisciplinary baccalaureate majors or minors, master’s degrees or research, and public service functions.
American Indian Studies: Toni Culjak, PhD, Language and Literature, room 408D, 509-963-1531
Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education: Martha Kurtz, PhD, Dean Hall, room 130, 509-963-2135
Environmental Studies: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
or Pam McMullin-Messier, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 441, 509-963-2222
Ethnic Studies: Nelson Pichardo, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 440, 509-963-1348
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences: Steve Schepman, PhD, Psychology Building, room 429, 509-963-2389
Museum of Culture and Environment: Mark Auslander, PhD, Dean Hall, room 334, 509-963-3209
Primate Behavior and Ecology Program: Lori Sheeran, PhD, Dean Hall, room 335, 509-963-1434
Resource Management Program: Karl Lillquist, PhD, Dean Hall, room 319, 509-963-1184
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Lucinda Carnell, PhD, Science, room 338G, 509-963-2821
Women’s and Gender Studies: Judith Hennessey, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 436, 509-963-1574
Affiliated Centers and Institutes
Center for Spatial Information and Research: Anthony Gabriel, PhD, Dean Hall, room 320, 509-963-1166
Center for the Environment: Anne Johnasen, PhD, Science, room 207D, 509-963-2164
Central Washington Archaeological Survey, Anthropology: Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, Dean Hall, room 340, 509-963-2075
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Community Counseling and Psychological Assessment Center: Heath Marrs, PhD, Psychology Building, room 346, 509-963-2349
or Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, Psychology Building, room 118, 509-963-2371
Geodesy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) Data Analysis Facility: Tim Melbourne, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 110A, 509-963-2799
Health Career Resources: Keith Monosky, PhD, Dorothy Purser Hall, room 108, 509-963-1145