Psychology (TPSYCH)

Psychology is the scientific study of the psychological, biological and contextual determinants of human behavior. Here at UW Tacoma, we see Psychology as a liberal art as well as a rigorous social science.

Our program is ideal for students who plan to work as professional psychologists and need a sound preparation for graduate study. This major is also for students who plan a career in fields dealing with people, such as nursing, teaching, social work, guidance and human resources, and those who want to understand human behavior as part of a well-rounded education.

In our program, you will gain understanding in core areas such as abnormal/personality and developmental psychology. Our courses emphasize human diversity and/or focus on contemporary cultural issues.

Our advanced courses integrate traditional psychology education with applied topics that emphasize the intersectionality of Psychology with different approaches to understanding and working with social problems. 

TPSYCH student learning outcomes

Upon completion of your degree, students in the Psychology major should:

  • Be familiar with the major theoretical approaches and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand the core concepts and methodologies of psychology, including what scientific psychology is, the contributions and limitations of different methods of empirical research and be able to apply research methods, including design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Be able to read and interpret psychological research verbally and in writing.
  • Understand that human behavior may have some common determinants and also great diversity including individual differences and variations based on differences such as culture, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual orientation. Maintain awareness and sensitivity to diverse populations.
  • Be able to synthesize theories and methodologies across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Understand the application of psychological principles to the understanding of social issues.

TPSYCH degree requirements

Contact a psychology major advisor (Suzanne McCusker or Heather Hucks) if your questions aren't answered below.

Psychology Degree Requirements

TPSYCH Prerequisites

Completing the following lower-division prerequisites (100- or 200-level) are necessary before declaring the Psychology major. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each prerequisite course.

Are you a transfer student? Use this PDF grid to see how your local community college classes may fulfill our prerequisite requirements.

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TPSYCH course lists

Advanced Topic Courses (TPSYCH 400 level courses): 10 credits

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Additional Advanced Credits: 5 credits

Five (5) additional credits from any 300-level or 400-level TPSYCH course OR one of the following independent studies courses. These courses require faculty approval. See advisor for details.

Independent Study Contracts

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Upper Division courses (other than Psychology): 15 credits

You must complete 15 credits of upper-division coursework (300 and 400 level) outside of the subject of Psychology.

  • 5 credits - Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA)
  • 5 credits - Individuals and Society (I&S), TPSYCH courses not allowed
  • 5 additional credits from VLPA OR I&S OR NW

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Psychology Electives

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