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The study of psychology offers the opportunity to learn about the origins and development of human behavior and mental processes and the factors that influence change. Psychology provides a valuable foundation of knowledge important in a wide variety of fields, including human services, business, law, education, communications and health. The program in psychology may also lead to graduate preparation for professional psychology.

The Psychology major consists of 36 semester credits. In addition, learners must complete the general education requirements (39 credits) and additional elective (45 credits) to complete the 120 semester credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. At least half of the credit toward a major or minor in psychology must be earned in courses numbered 300 or above.


Our students are eligible to apply for membership in

  • American Psychological Association
  • The Hong Kong Psychological Society Limited
  • American Counselling Association
  • National Council of Psychotherapists
  • British Psychological Society
  • Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Psychology Major (9 modules, total 27 credits)

PSY190 General Psychology 基本心理學
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including major approaches and methodologies. The course samples a broad range of topics, including biological foundations, development, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology and social behavior. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY373Research Methods 研究方法 3
MATH220Elementary Statistics 統計學
An introduction to the simpler problems of statistical inference; descriptive statistics, probability distributions, estimation of parameters and level of significance, regression and correlation. This course may not be completed for additional credit by students who have completed MATH 226. Prerequisite: Pass (MATH 105 or above) or ((pass MATH 095 or ACT math score ≥ 19) and pass MATH 100) or ACT math score ≥ 24 or an alternative placement as approved by the math department or instructor approval.

Learning and Cognition – choose one of the following (1 module, 3 credits):

PSY323Cognition 認知學
An analysis of cognitive processes, including attention, perception, concept formation, language, memory, problem solving and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY445Learning and Memory 學習與記憶
An introduction to the basic principles of learning and behavior in human and nonhuman animals with emphasis on applications of Pavlovian conditioning, instrumental conditioning, and basic memory processes. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

Individual Differences – choose two of the following (2 modules, 6 credits):

PSY310Social Psychology 社會心理學
This course presents the social aspects of human behavior, including personal perception, social cognition, attitude formation and change, attribution, prosaically behavior and interpersonal attraction. Same as SOC 310. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.
PSY360Abnormal Psychology 異常心理學
A survey of the major classifications of psychopathology, including conceptual approaches to the understanding of psychopathology, etiology and treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY432Personality 人格學
A survey of the major theories of the nature and development of personality. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

Biological Bases of Behavior – choose one of the following (1 module, 3 credits):

PSY335Biology and Behavior 生物學與行為學
This course explores the relation of biological function and human behavior; the role of genetic, hormonal and neurological factors in intelligence, sex differences, biological rhythms and emotional disorders. Disturbances produced by agents such as drugs and disease are studied. Does not satisfy the general education science requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY338Motivation 動機學
A review of the major theories that attempt to explain motivated behavior from a physiological, cognitive, social, environmental and/or learning point of view. Application of motivation theories to organizations, education, sports and daily life. Prerequisite: PSY 190.

Developmental Changes in Behavior – choose one of the following (1 module, 3 credits):

EDU/PSY142Human Growth, Development and Guidance 人類成長,發展及輔導
This course is a study of the growth and development of humans from conception to senescence with an emphasis on birth to young adulthood. Physical, cognitive, social, affective, language and moral development will be explored. Topics will also include: individual and group similarities and differences; exceptional or abnormal development; and guiding parents, caregivers, community and staff regarding the implications of the stages of development. Same as PSY 142.
PSY212Developmental Psychology: Birth to Adolescence 發展心理學: 出生至青春期
This course focuses on how individuals grow and change from conception to adolescence. It addresses the biological factors that exist at birth, the psychosocial factors that affect changes and the resulting developmental stages. Prerequisite: PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY222Developmental Psychology: Young Adulthood to Late Adulthood 發展心理學:年輕到遲暮的成人期
This course takes the learner through the developmental stages of the human life cycle from the end of adolescence to the advanced stages of aging covering the physical changes, the social challenges and the psychological growth of an individual during those years. Prerequisite: PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY397Social Gerontology 社會老年學
This course focuses on personal, interpersonal and societal factors in the human aging process. Emphasis is on family, community and governmental responsibility in defining and resolving problems of the aged in a modern industrial society. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.


ID498Senior Project 畢業論文3

Electives in Psychology (any 3 modules, total 9 credits)

PSY201Adjustment 心理調整
A course designed to apply psychological approaches to normative events during life’s developmental stages, with a focus on environmental factors and the psychology of stress in a changing world. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY221Introduction to Human Services 人本服務入門
A survey of the professions, programs and agencies involved in the delivery of human services. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY232Group Dynamics 團體動力學
An analysis of group behavior in small and large groups of various types. The focus is on social interaction in the formation and operation of groups, and on the social system’s approach to understanding group behavior. Same as SOC 232. Prerequisite: PSY 190 or SOC 110. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY240Conflict Resolution 衝突調解
An overview of conflict resolution and the mediation process as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. Learning activities— conceptual and experiential in nature—are designed to promote an integration in the areas of problem solving behavior, skill development and personal awareness. Prerequisite: PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY260Gender Roles 性別角色
An analysis of the changing cultural notions and social realities regarding male/female roles and relationships. Topics may include: cross-cultural research concerning gender differences; the role of various socializing agents in shaping sexual identities; and the effects of gender differences on political and economic processes. Same as SOC 260. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190. Meets the social science requirement.
PSY270Human Sexuality 性科學研究
An introduction to the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. The course includes a study of sexuality in relation to the life cycle.
PSY302Substance Abuse 濫用、虐待及傷害
The effects of psychoactive drugs are studied in this course, as well as the origins of substance abuse, characteristics of substance abusers, and consequences for the individual, family and society. Approaches to substance abuse treatment are discussed. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.
PSY355Skills and Strategies in the Helping Professions 專業輔導 – 策略及技術
An overview of helping techniques, theory, and practice. Learning activities—conceptual and experiential in nature—are designed to promote growth in the areas of skill, development, and personal awareness. May not be taken by learners who have completed PSY 354. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY383Human Behavior in the Social Environment 社會環境中的人類行為
An analysis of individual, group and cultural influences on human behavior. The emphasis is on contrasting levels of analysis and application to a variety of environmental settings. Note: Some background in both psychology and sociology is strongly recommended. Same as SOC 383. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 190.
PSY403Internship 實習
Supervised field experience in a selected setting. Consent of faculty and written report are required. Prerequisite: PSY 190 and consent of academic advisor.
PSY409Psychology of Disaster 災難心理學
Focuses on the psychological and physiological human response to disasters. Using clinical research and case histories, this course studies normal and abnormal psychological reactions, the recovery process and principles of mental healthcare for victims of mass disasters. Differences between natural and man-made disasters are examined and factors that either worsen or mitigate the traumatizing after-effects are reviewed. Psychological aspects of Weapons of Mass Destruction of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee before it is offered, and it must address one or more Major Outcomes within the discipline.
PSY440Industrial Psychology 工業心理學
A study of the relationship between the individual worker and the work environment. Emphasis is on the exploration and application of the most influential theories. Topics include organizational dynamics, work motivation, job satisfaction, personnel selection and training, and work group influences. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY444Assessment 評估
An introduction to the assumptions and techniques of psychological assessment. Prerequisites: PSY 190 and MATH 220.
PSY454Issue and Ethics in the Helping Professions 專業輔導–問題及規範
An analysis of issues and ethical problems involved in the helping professions and programs. Prerequisite: PSY 190.
PSY474Organizational Behavior 組織行為
This course encourages students to describe and analyze the way that people behave in organizations by applying theories of organizational behavior. The course consists of a balance among theory and application. Note: Same as PSY 474. Prerequisites: PSY 190 or SOC 110.
CJ333Criminology 犯罪學
An analysis of various forms of crime, as well as various elements of the criminal justice system. The emphasis is on theories of crime and juvenile delinquency. Topics will include: street crime, organized crime, white-collar crime and the role of substance abuse in criminality and delinquency. Same as SOC 333. Prerequisite: SOC 110.

General Education Requirements (13 modules, 39 credits)

藝術與人文Arts and Humanities 6
溝通Communication Studies 9
電腦Computer Skills3
自然科學Natural Sciences6
社會科學Social Sciences 6
批判思維Critical Thinking 3

Open Electives (Any 15 modules, Total 45 credits)

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.