Psychology (PSYC)

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Faculty: Jonathan Amburgey, Seong-In Choi, Christopher Davids, Julian Mendez, Paul Presson, Jennifer Simonds, Barbara Smith,

Program Goals

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

  • Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  • Communication
  • Professional Development

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, research, and other settings where an understanding of human behavior, thought, and emotion is relevant.  The curriculum in the psychology major gives students 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. Students are encouraged to participate in a field experience in psychology (PSYC 340) and may apply a maximum of 5 credit hours of field experience coursework to the major. For students considering graduate school, History and Systems of Psychology and a good grade in Quantitative Research Methods are highly recommended.

300-Level Course Groups

Group A

PSYC 307  Child Abuse and Neglect
PSYC 308  Childhood Psychopathology
PSYC 310  Measuring Human Traits & Behaviors (Counts in Groups A-C)
PSYC 362  Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 363  Exploring Addictions
PSYC 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group A (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)

Group B

PSYC 301  Child Development
PSYC 305  Adolescent Development
PSYC 310  Measuring Human Traits & Behaviors (Counts in Groups A-C)
PSYC 314  Adult Development and Human Relationships
PSYC 335  Psychology of Women (Counts for Group B or C)
PSYC 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group B (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)

Group C

PSYC 310  Measuring Human Traits & Behaviors (Counts in Groups A-C)
PSYC 318  Health Psychology
PSYC 325  Multicultural Psychology
PSYC 335  Psychology of Women (Counts for Group B or C)
PSYC 338  Environmental Psychology
PSYC 356  Sources of Social Influence
PSYC 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group C (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)

Group D

PSYC 306  Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group D (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)

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

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

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 or MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences, LE  (4) MATH 105, MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 201, MATH 201B, 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 Courses 22
PSYC   105     Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)
or
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences, LE  (4)
MATH 105, MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 201, MATH 201B, or placement test
 PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2)
Take three courses from this list:
PSYC   203     Life Span Development (4)
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 Courses 20–22
PSYC 390 Research Methods (4) MATH 150 (LE) or MATH 240 (LE)
Take three 300-level courses from at least two different Groups from Groups A-D (12) PSYC 270 and corresponding 200-level course from PSYC 203, 205, 209, 216, or 252
PSYC 370  Career Exploration (2) PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
One 400-level course (2-4) PSYC 390
IV. Electives 8
Eight credits of PSYC elective courses.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 58–60

Recommended Plan of Study for Psychology

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year PSYC 105
Classes from other programs
Languages I


PSYC 200 Level
Classes from other programs
Languages II


Sophomore Year PSYC 200 Level
Classes from other programs


PSYC 200 Level
PSYC 270
MATH 150 or 240


Junior Year PSYC 300-level courses
PSYC 370
PSYC 390


PSYC 300-level courses


Senior Year PSYC 300-level courses 400-level seminar

Psychology with Emphasis in Cognitive Science

  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)
orMATH 240  Statistics for the Sciences (4), LE
MATH 105, MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 201, MATH 201B, 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 Courses 26
PSYC 105  Introduction to Psychology (4)
MATH 150  Elementary Statistics, LE (4)
or
MATH 240  Statistics for the Sciences, LE  (4)
PSYC 205  Brain and Behavior (4)
PSYC 209  Cognitive Psychology (4)
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2) PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
Take two courses from this list:
PSYC   203     Life Span Development (4)
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)
PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)
III. Upper Division Courses 20–22
PSYC 370  Career Exploration (2) PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
PSYC 390 Research Methods (4) PSYC 270 and MATH 150 (LE) or MATH 240 (LE)
Two 300-level courses from Groups A-C (8) PSYC 270 and corresponding 200-level course from PSYC 203, 216, or 252
One course from the following list:
PSYC 306 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
or
Special Topics Courses as Advised (4)
PSYC 270
One course from the following list:
PSYC 402 Behavioral Endocrinology (4) PSYC 390 or NEUR 390
PSYC 409  Cognitive Neuroscience (4) PSYC 390 or NEUR 390
NEUR 409  Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (4) PSYC 390 or NEUR 390
PSYC 430  Independent Research Thesis (2-4) PSYC 390 or NEUR 390
IV. Electives 8
Eight credits of PSYC elective courses.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 62–64

Recommended Plan of Study Psychology with Emphasis in Cognitive Science

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year PSYC 105
Classes from other programs
Languages I


PSYC 200 Level
PSYC 205
Classes from other programs
Languages II


Sophomore Year PSYC 200 Level
Classes from other programs


PSYC 270
PSYC 209
MATH 150 or 240


Junior Year PSYC 300-level courses
PSYC 370
PSYC 390


PSYC Group D 300/400 Level Coursework


Senior Year PSYC 300-level courses PSYC Group D 300/400 Level Coursework

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 14
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)
or
MATH 105, MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 201, MATH 201B, or placement test
MATH 240  Statistics for the Sciences (4)
PSYC 105  Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2)
PSYC 390 Research Methods (4) PSYC 270 and MATH 150 (LE) or MATH 240 (LE)
II. Psychology Electives 8
Take one course from the following list:
PSYC 203  Lifespan Development
PSYC 205  Brain and Behavior
PSYC 209  Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 216  Social Psychology
PSYC 252  Personality Theories
Take one 300-level course from Groups A-D. Corresponding 200-level course
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 22