Department of Psychology


Mission Statement

The purpose of BYU-Idaho Psychology is to use the study of behavior, mental states and processes to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and modify their own behavior and goals in the light of LDS standards and psychological principles. The courses are designed to ensure that students develop a foundation for further psychological inquiry, enhance their understanding of the relationship of psychology to other disciplines, and provide means by which the principles of psychology can be used to improve life and give more meaningful service to others.


Target Outcomes:

    Students will...

  1. Be prepared to find employment and to be effective employees.
  2. Be prepared for further education and training.
  3. Have a knowledge base of psychology: students will be able to explain major psychological concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  4. Apply research methods in psychology: for example, research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  5. Think critically in psychology and use rigorous inquiry to answer questions regarding behavior and mental processes within a gospel framework. 
  6. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, educational, and organizational issues.
  7. Have established values in psychology: students will weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, and act ethically in psychology within the framework of the gospel.
  8. Use information and technology: students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  9. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  10. Describe how sociocultural and international diversity relate to psychology.


Where Will a Career in Psychology Take You? 


Careers in Psychology with a Bachelor's Degree
What Can I Do with a Major in Psychology?