2013–2014 Psychology Program (PSYC)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Areas of Concentration | 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

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.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Psychology major:

Academic Major


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Psychology major.    
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)    
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

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

   
II. Lower Division Psychology Courses 15–16  
PSYC   105     Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)     
     
Take three courses from this list:    
PSYC   203     Life Span Development (3)    
PSYC   205     Brain and Behavior (4) 
or
   
PSYC   209     Cognitive Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC  216     Social Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC  252      Personality Theories (4)   PSYC 105 or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Psychology Courses 8  
PSYC 390 Research Methods (4)   MATH 150 (LE)
PSYC 470 Senior Project I, II (2)   PSYC 390, senior standing, consent of instructor
IV. Area of Selected Study 8  
Students must choose an area of selected study and complete 8 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    
Four credit hours from an area other than the area of selected study    
VI. Required Courses from Other Programs 4  
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 51–52  

Recommended Plan of Study

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.

 

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 Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12  
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)   MATH 105 or placement test
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)    
PSYC 390 Research Methods (4)   MATH 150 (LE)
II. Electives 8  
Additional hours in the minor (six must be upper division) (8)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 20  

Areas of Concentration

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Clinical/Counseling    
PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)   PSYC 105 (LE) or consent of instructor
PSYC 307 Child Abuse and Neglect (2)   PSYC 105 (LE)
PSYC 308 Childhood Psychopathology (4)   PSYC 105 (LE), 301
PSYC 362 Abnormal Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 (LE)
PSYC 363 Exploring Addictions (3)   PSYC 105 (LE)
PSYC 405 Methods of Counseling (4)   PSYC 105 (LE), 252, 362, junior/
senior standing, or consent of instructor
will vary with course content
PSYC 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 105 (LE)
PSYC 305 Adolescent Development (4)   PSYC 105 (LE), PSYC 203 or consent of instructor
PSYC 314 Adult Development and Human Relationships (4)    
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women (4)   PSYC (LE) 105 or SOC 105 (LE)
PSYC 300 Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken
with departmental consent)
  will vary with course content
Social    
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 (LE)
PSYC 318 Health Psychology (4)    
PSYC 325 Multicultural Psychology (4)    
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women (4)   PSYC 105 (LE) or SOC 105 (LE)
PSYC 420 Community Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 (LE) or SOC 105 (LE)
PSYC 300 Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken
with departmental consent)
  will vary with course content
Brain and Behavior    
PSYC 205 Introduction to Brain and Behavior (4)    
(required for this area of study)    
PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 (LE)
PSYC 306 Physiological Psychology and Lab (4)   PSYC 105 (LE), 205
PSYC 408 Cognitive Neuroscience (4)   PSYC 105 (LE), 205, 209, 390; MATH 150 (LE)
PSYC 409 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (2)   BIOL 204 (pre-2011: BIOL 105):
PSYC 205, 390; consent of instructor
PSYC 300 Special Topics (a maximum of 4 hours may be taken with departmental consent)   will vary with course content