2012 - 2013 Psychology Program (PSYC)

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

Faculty: Laura Bennett-Murphy, Seong-In Choi, Lesa Ellis, Angela Hicks, Cathleen Power, Paul Presson, Colleen Sandor, Jennifer Simonds, Barbara Smith, Janine Wanlass

Program Goals

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and/or application of the following:

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 45 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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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 15-16
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE 4
     
Take three courses from this list: 11-12
PSYC 203 Life Span Development (3)  
     
PSYC 205 PSYC 209 Brain and Behavior (4) OR
Cognitive Psychology (4)
 
     
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)  
PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)  
 
III. Upper Division Psychology Courses 8
PSYC 390 Research Methods 4
PSYC 470 Senior Project I, II 2-2
 
IV. Area of Selected Study 8
Students must choose an area of concentration and complete 12 hours of coursework in that area. See listing below for areas of concentration.  
V. Electives 8
Four credit hours from an area other than the area of selected study 4
Four credit hours from an area other than the area of selected study 4
 
VI. Required Courses from Other Programs 4
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE 4
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 51-52

Areas of Concentration

Clinical/Counseling

PSYC 252 Personality Theories 4
PSYC 307 Child Abuse and Neglect 2
PSYC 308 Childhood Psychopathology 4
PSYC 362 Abnormal Psychology 4
PSYC 363 Exploring Addictions 3
PSYC 405 Methods of Counseling 4
PYSC 300 Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent)  
       

Developmental

 

PSYC 203 Life Span Development 3
PSYC 301 Child Development 4
PSYC 305 Adolescent Development 4
PSYC 314 Adult Development and Human Relationships 4
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women 4
PYSC 300 Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent)  
       

Social

PSYC 216 Social Psychology 4
PSYC 318 Health Psychology 4
PSYC 325 Multicultural Psychology 4
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women 4
PSYC 420 Community Psychology 4
PYSC 300 Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent)  
       

Brain and Behavior

PSYC 205 Introduction to Brain and Behavior (required for this area of study) 4
PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology 4
PSYC 306 Physiological Psychology and Lab 4
PSYC 408 Cognitive Neuroscience 4
PSYC 409 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience 2
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 study; 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 Psychology of Women, he or she may decide to apply it to the Social area or the Developmental area, but not both.

Also note that some courses are indicated "as applicable." Here the area(s) of study will be determined by course content. For example, a special topics course on behavioral pharmacology would apply to the Brain and Behavior area, while one on the effects of early experience in children would apply to the Developmental area. 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.

Recommended Plan of Study for Psychology

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year PSYC 105
Class from another program
Languages I
MATH 150
PSYC 200 Level
Languages II
Sophomore Year PSYC 200 Level
Class from another program
PSYC 200 Level
Class from another program
Junior Year PSYC Area of Study
PSYC 390
PSYC Area of Study
PSYC Elective
Senior Year PSYC Elective
PSYC 470
PSYC Elective
PSYC 470

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 4
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE 4
PSYC 390 Research Methods 4
 
II. Electives 8
Additional hours in the minor (six must be upper division) 8
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 20