Bachelor of Science

About This Program


The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology provides a solid, broad-based education for students preparing for a career in the helping professions, organizations, business, or government. Successful students will also be able to continue their formal education at the graduate level.

Program Policies

The program includes courses in the theory and application of psychology and psychological principles. Students will develop an understanding of the following: life span development, personality development, abnormal development, prevention, group behavior, cultural variations, research methods and design, and ethical and professional issues. Students will develop specific knowledge and skills that have broad application to many working environments. In addition, knowledge from other disciplines will enhance and broaden the student’s perspective and capabilities as a working practitioner.

Overall, the classroom courses provide a blend of theory and application. Students also have the option to explore internship opportunities in a wide variety of professional settings that provide experiences in applying knowledge and skills. In addition, the General Education Requirements courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation. The program is offered with day and evening classes in Delaware at New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown; the program is also offered in New Jersey at Cumberland and Mt. Laurel, as well as online.

Program Competencies

Knowledge: Demonstrate the ability to define and explain theory and application within the discipline of Psychology with regard to:

  1. Change and development at individual and group levels.
  2. Individual differences and group variation.
  3. Micro- and macro-level processes involving individuals and groups.
  4. Empirical and ethical issues related to the systematic study of individual and group processes.

Skills: Related to the discipline of Psychology

  1. Demonstrate effective oral and written presentation skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, implement, analyze, and report formal inquiry in psychology.
  4. Demonstrate effective utilization of current technologies.
  5. Demonstrate the ability, skills and flexible thinking necessary to explore the various applications of psychology in the real world, including career options.

Personal and Professional Development

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of one’s strengths and limitations; interests; aptitudes; values; goals; commitment to self-directedness, self-discipline, and planning for present and lifelong learning, career identification, and development.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of self in relation to others, including effective interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in teams.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness and respect for diversity and multiculturalism in a pluralistic society.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Psychology program has set a minimum passing grade of "C-" for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than "C-" in any required course must retake that course.

Wilmington University Beta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu International Behavioral Science Honor Society

Pi Gamma Mu Delaware Beta Chapter is an International Honor Society for students majoring in Behavioral Science, Organizational Dynamics, and Psychology. Students must meet eligibility criteria and be willing to attend the induction ceremony as well as participate in service projects. Eligibility membership letters are sent out in September of each academic year.

CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program

In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Psychology degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a Co-op assignment. The Co-op option for Psychology is the equivalent of two semester courses, for a total of six credit hours. Students can complete their Psychology degree with 120 credit hours, whether they choose the Co-op option or not. Because each Co-op experience is individually designed, students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Psychology Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment.

CAP/Co-op Program Option (6 credits)

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

The Co-op option allows students to complete core courses in PSY 315 Group Dynamics and SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities in a supervised educational work setting related to the student's major field of study. If students select the Co-op option, both PSY 315 and SOC 304 in Co-op format are required. Alternative core courses may also be available for Co-op depending on the field placement. Each Co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two Co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Psychology Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment. For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website:

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.