Learning Goals

Psychology and Neuroscience Program Goals

Psychology and neuroscience are excellent domains in which to learn skills in critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and oral and written communication in addition to developing a foundational understanding of mind, brain, and behavior. 

Coursework in the Psychology and Neuroscience programs is designed to meet the following seven learning goals:

  • Scientific Reasoning + Inquiry
    Successful students will demonstrate the ability to address questions in psychological and brain sciences through critical engagement with primary literature, state-of -the-art experimentation, statistical analysis, and sound scientific reasoning.
  • Knowledge of human mind, brain, and behavior

    Gain a foundational understanding of psychological and brain sciences from multiple perspectives, such as neural, cognitive, and social, as well as developmental processes, individual differences, and patterns of function and dysfunction.

  • Critical Thinking + Skepticism

    Students will develop a skeptical approach to claims about psychology and neuroscience made by scientists, by practitioners, and found in the media, and the ability to evaluate and advocate an argument about brain and behavior.

  • Problem-solving + Application

    Successful students will use relevant theories to explain phenomena or make new predictions, and will appreciate how psychological science can be translated into practical solutions for problems that impact human lives.

  • Professional Skills + Development

    Students are challenged to develop skills that are characteristic of successful professionals (e.g. oral and written communication, project management, collaboration, and facility with technologies for creating, analyzing, and disseminating information), and that extend disciplinary knowledge into a range of professions and industries.

  • Appreciation for Diversity

    Our program is designed to enhanced understanding of and appreciation for how cultural, environmental, and individual differences relate to psychological and biological processes, which enrich personal and professional interactions. 

  • Ethical Reasoning

    Students develop an awareness of and practice adherence to ethical standards when conducting and evaluating psychological science and practice, when communicating results, and in all other endeavors.