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  Sep 25, 2017
 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology (B.S.) [PSY]


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The B.S. requires 0-3 credit hours of foreign language.

This major in the Psychology Department  provides a broad base of understanding of psychology as a science — the methodology of the discipline, the principles and concepts in major areas, and selected areas of application. Major areas include foundational methods courses, as well as a broad range of areas represented by the content and applied course selections.

Career Potential

  • Academics
  • Research
  • Counselor/therapist
  • School psychologist
  • Human services
  • Organizational psychologist

Psychology Department Course Retake Policy

  • For the purpose of this policy, "course" refers to any course offered by the Psychology Department that is used to satisfy the requirements of any major or minor offered by the department — psychology [PSY], psychology of individuals with disabilities [PSYD].
  • A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, grade of X, indicating withdrawal from course or to improve the student's grade point average when the first enrollment resulted in a passing grade.
  • A student may enroll in a course twice. A third or subsequent enrollment in that course shall be with the approval of the Psychology Department only and contingent upon available space in the course after all student registration occurs.

1. Required Psychology Courses: 36 credit hours


B. Content Groups: 12 credit hours


 One course must be taken from each content group.

Developmental Changes in Behavior and Mental Processes: 3 credit hours


Learning and Cognition Processes: 3 credit hours


Biological Bases of Behavior and Mental Processes: 3 credit hours


Individual Differences, Personality and Social Processes: 3 credit hours


D. Psychology Elective: 3 credit hours


Three credit hours of any PSY 300- or 400-level course not taken to meet any PSY requirement listed in sections A, B or C above.

2. Related Area Requirements: 18-19 credit hours


Anthropology/Sociology: 6 credit hours


Philosophy: 3 credit hours


Other philosophy courses may be substituted with the approval of the Psychology Department.

Mathematics: 3-4 credit hours


Choose from the following courses, or any other undergraduate mathematics course that has any of these as a prerequisite.

3. Additional Degree Requirements: 9 credit hours


Bachelor of Science candidates must take an additional nine credit hours of biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics. These additional nine credit hours may not include courses used to fulfill the "Related Area Requirements" above. Select any three courses:

Mathematics


Choose from the following courses, or any other undergraduate mathematics course that has these as a prerequisite.

Psychology


  • PSY 411 - Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 411 may be taken to fulfill three credit hours of the B.S. degree requirements; however, students choosing this option must take a second course from the Biological Bases of Behavior and Mental Processes content group to fulfill that content requirement.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


Example of the B. S. in Psychology over four years


 General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester 16


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester 16


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 15


Third Year Fall


  • PSY 404 - Applying Research Methods in Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY content group (3 cr. hr.)
    PSY application group (3 cr. hr.)
    GE course (3 cr. hr.)
    Additional science (3 cr. hr.)
    Note: PSY 404 fulfills the Writing Intensive Requirement (WRIT) in the major.

Total credit hours for semester 15


Third Year Spring


PSY content group (3 cr. hr.)
PSY application group (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester 15


Fourth Year Fall


PSY application group (3 cr. hr.)
Second Writing Intensive (WRIT) course (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester 15


Fourth Year Spring


PSY 300 or 400 elective
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester 15


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