2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 22, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology (B.A.) [PSY]


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The B.A. requires foreign language credit at the 202 level.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and compare and contrast basic psychological concepts, principles, and theoretical perspectives.
  2. Identity, describe, and compare and contrast basic research methods and statistical analyses used in psychological science.
  3. Identity and explain basic ethical principles relevant to psychological research.
  4. Use and evaluate extant psychological literature to develop a credible scientific argument for a testable hypothesis.
  5. Use and apply methodological and statistical concepts and principles to effectively evaluate a testable hypothesis.
  6. Use scientific reasoning to interpret empirical data.
  7. Use grammar appropriate to the standards and conventions of APA writing style.
  8. Compose a paper in APA style that describes an empirical investigation

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in any PSY course
  • Psychology Major Requirements
    • 36 credits in any PSY course

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 requirements 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.

Example of the B.A in Psychology over four years


Foreign Language through the 202 level

Total credit hours for semester: 16


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


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


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 (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


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