2008-2009 Psychology Program (PSYC)

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Concentrations | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Lesa Ellis, Angela Hicks, Cathleen Power, Paul Presson, Colleen Sandor, Jennifer Simonds, Barbara Smith, Janine Wanlass

Program Goals

  • To become critical thinkers who are logical consumers of information.
  • To effectively communicate information in writing.
  • To become effective researchers, and to learn how to effectively communicate one’s results.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the field of psychology.

Objectives

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. Psychology offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an academic minor. The psychology curriculum provides students with an academic and experiential background for graduate study in psychology and/or employment in social service or research settings and gives the student a breadth of background while also allowing some specialization. A major or minor in psychology is for students who have a general interest in understanding behavior and its determinants.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the psychology major and minor. To fulfill the requirements for a major in psychology, students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of coursework in psychology and related fields (sociology, anthropology, justice studies, and political science courses). In addition, each student must select an area of concentration from among the following: clinical/counseling, developmental, social/personality, and neurosciences/experimental.

Students are encouraged to take an internship course in psychology (PSYC 440) and may apply a maximum of 5 credit hours of internship coursework to the major. For students considering graduate school, History and Systems of Psychology and Experimental or Physiological Psychology are highly recommended. Students choosing a double major or minor within the Social Science Program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed as “required classes” for both majors/minors may be applied to both.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Psychology major.

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE



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4


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Psychology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Psychology Courses

4

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE

4

III.

Upper Division Psychology Courses

8

PSYC 390 Research Methods
PSYC 470 Senior Project I, II

4
2-2

IV.

Concentration Area

9

Students must choose an area of concentration and complete 9 hours of coursework in that area. See listing below for areas of concentration.

9

V.

Electives

6

Three credit hours from a different concentration area
Three credit hours from a different concentration area

3
3

VI.

Required Courses from Other Programs

13

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
Nine hours selected from ANTH, JUST, PLSC, PSYC or SOC

4
9

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

48

Areas of Concentration

Clinical/Counseling

PSYC

310

Tests and Measurements

3

PSYC

335

Psychology of Women

4

PSYC

352

Personality Theories

4

PSYC

362

Abnormal Psychology

4

PSYC

405

Methods of Counseling

4

PYSC

300

Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent.)

Developmental

PSYC

300Q

Adult Development

4

PSYC

301

Child Development

3

PSYC

302

Child Development Field Experience

1

PSYC

303

Life Span Development

3

PSYC

305

Adolescent Development

3

PSYC

306

Adolescent Development Field Experience

1

PSYC

310

Tests and Measurements

3

PSYC

335

Psychology of Women

4

PYSC

300

Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent.)

Social/Personality

PSYC

316

Social Psychology

4

PSYC

335

Psychology of Women

4

PSYC

352

Personality Theories

4

PSYC

433

Organizational Psychology

4

PYSC

300

Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent.)

Neurosciences/ Experimental

PSYC

354

Experimental Psychology

3

PSYC

355

Experimental Psychology Lab

1

PSYC

406

Physiological Psychology

3

PSYC

407

Physiological Psychology Lab

1

PYSC

300

Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent.)

Please note that some courses appear under more than one area of concentration; however, a course may not be applied to more than one area, and the student must decide in advance which area will receive the credit. For example, if a student elects Test and Measurements, he or she may decide to apply it to the clinical/counseling concentration or the developmental concentration, but not both.

Also note that some courses are indicated “as applicable.” Here the concentration area(s) will be determined by course content. For example, a Special Topics course on behavioral pharmacology would apply to the neurosciences/experimental concentration, while one on the effects of early experience in children would apply to the developmental concentration. As above, a course may apply to more than one area such as “biological theories of mental illness” or “psychopathology of childhood,” and the student will have to make a choice.

Academic Minor

To fulfill the requirements for a minor in psychology, students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours in psychology and related fields (sociology, anthropology, and political science courses).

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

12

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
PSYC 390 Research Methods

4
4
4

II.

Electives

8

Additional hours in the minor (six must be upper division)

8

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

20