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The psychology undergraduate program offers students the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Students completing a major in psychology will complete 36 credit hours within the major, including psychological research methods, statistics, developmental psychology, and history of psychology, and at least one course in each of the following areas: social psychology, personality, learning and cognitive processes, and psychobiological. Students completing a B.S. in psychology will also complete a research project in psychology and a science minor. For both degrees, our psychology program and faculty emphasize the science of psychology and provide a strong background in research and statistics. Across courses, the faculty encourages students to think critically about material and to apply concepts learned in the classroom to understanding everyday life experiences.

Meet the psychology department

Graduate Coordinator:

Lara Heflin:
Office phone: 505-454-3547


  1. Statement of educational goals (500-word statement outlining educational goals and objectives addressing research interests and experiences [if General or Clinical thesis tracks] or addressing career goals, interests, and experiences [if Clinical non-thesis track].
  2. Two letters of recommendation – at least 1 academic reference (e.g., professor, advisor, etc.); the 2nd letter can be an academic or professional reference. Letters of recommendation from friends or family are not appropriate.
  3. Five-page writing sample, preferably a scholarly paper written for an upper-division psychology class.
  4. Transcripts from all previously attended regionally accredited institutions (3.0 GPA or higher). Will consider those who do not meet the GPA requirement.

Deadlines: Rolling admissions for fall and spring terms

Undergraduate course catalog: Psychology

Courses in Psychology

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.

Graduate degree requirements

Graduate course catalog: Psychology

Graduate courses in Psychology

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog. The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff


The mission of the Department of Psychology is to provide psychological and sociocultural service and expertise for the region, as well as the greater global community, and to contribute to meeting the educational needs in psychology, the career needs in psychological services and research, and the training for careers in education engineering, physical and biological sciences, medicine, and other science fields.