The University of Idaho ranks as one of the most prestigious schools in the state and also as the oldest public college in Idaho. Established in 1889, it was one of the state's only institutions of higher learning until the 1960s when new campuses opened. Many of its students attend smaller junior colleges before transferring to the main campus. Also called UI and U of I, this university made the list of the best colleges in America released by U.S. News and World Report, Washington Monthly and Forbes. Kiplinger's Personal Finance also ranks UI as one of the country's most affordable colleges.
To ensure that its students are better prepared for the future, UI does not allow its psychology students to graduate unless they can maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all their classes. It also requires that students score a "C" grade or higher in certain required courses. The Psychology, BA program is more suitable for students who want to use psychology methods in practical applications such as working as a social worker or in the criminal justice system. This program includes more basic knowledge courses like introduction to psychology, biology and society and introduction to social psychology. While students do take some research and science courses, they take fewer than those enrolled in the BS program take. UI also allows those in the BA program to do one internship after taking courses on methods of social research, developmental psychology and a few other classes.
Those who want to study clinical psychology, experimental psychology and more advanced topics in graduate school may want to enroll in its Psychology, BS program instead of the BA program. This program is a little more intensive and relies heavily on courses in mathematics and science like statistics and research courses. Students can take courses like methods and analysis in organizational science, methods of social research and introduction to research in the behavioral sciences. The idea is that students will learn how to research the work done by others and learn how to perform their own experiments and conduct research at the graduate level. Students take five required courses on biology and society, statistical methods, research in the behavioral sciences, survey of contemporary psychology and introduction to psychology, and they must earn a "C" or higher in each class or they'll retake those classes to remain in the program.
M.S. in Psychology
One of the best psychology degree programs in Idaho is the M.S. in Psychology offered by UI. The university only accepts students with a 3.0 GPA in college who also have a degree in one of the behavioral sciences. All incoming students must take four classes on sensation and perception, cognitive psychology, statistics and experimental psychology. Students take 30 credits of classes, and at least 18 of those credits must come from classes at the 500 level or higher. Courses include engineering psychology, research methods, advanced research methods, ergonomics and biomechanics and human factors. There is also a class available on the interactions between human and computers. The University of Idaho gives students the option of doing a thesis or taking a final exam. They must submit their thesis work and defend their work or take and extensive exam that tests them on their knowledge before they can graduate.
Ph.D. in Psychology
The Ph.D. in Psychology program offered by the University of Idaho has an emphasis in human factors. Students entering this program must have a bachelor's and master's degree in behavioral sciences and have a minimum undergrad GPA of 3.0. IU will also require that new students submit their thesis work. The university will look over that thesis and determine if the student needs to do a new thesis paper or project at IU before starting the program. Though students must take 78 credits of work, including a minimum of 52 credits at the 500 level or higher, that feature classes like cognitive psychology, statistical analysis, advanced human factors, advanced research methods and human factors in engineering design. All IU PhD students will take an exam that tests their skills halfway through the program, and their scores on this exam will determine if they can continue. Students submit a dissertation before graduating too.
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