Psychology

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Faculty: Jonathan Amburgey (Chair), Christopher Davids, Julian Mendez, Paul Presson

Psychology Courses

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, high academic achievement in upper-division courses, including Quantitative Research Methods, 400-level coursework, and gaining research experience is strongly recommended.

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

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore or Honors College requirements

 

Psychology Major

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8  
Psychology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.    
II. Lower Division Courses 26  
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)    
NEURO 205 Brain and Behavior (4)    
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)    
PSYC 255 Career Exploration (2)   PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
PSYC 270  Thinking and Writing for Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
Take two courses from this list:    
PSYC 203 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4)    
PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)   PSYC 105
III. Upper Division Courses 18-20  
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)   DATA 220, PSYC 270
Take three 300-level courses from at least two different Groups from Groups A-D (12)   PSYC 270 (groups A-C) and NEURO 205 (group D)
     
One 400-level course (2-4)   PSYC 390 or NEURO 302
IV. Electives 6  
Six credits of PSYC or NEURO coursework that does not already fulfill lower and upper-division course requirements.    
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR 58–60  

 

300-Level Course Groups

Group A
PSYC 300 Special Topics Courses labeled as Group A (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
PSYC 315 Human Services Practicum
PSYC 358 Methods of Counseling
PSYC 362 Psychological Disorders
PSYC 363 Exploring Addictions
Group B
PSYC 300 Special Topics Courses labeled as Group B (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
PSYC 301 Child Development
PSYC 305 Adolescent Development
PSYC 334 Psychology of Masculinities (Counts for Group B or C)
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women (Counts for Group B or C)
PSYC 345 Learning, Memory, and Motivation (Counts for Group B or D)

Group C
PSYC 300 Special Topics Courses labeled as Group C
PSYC 318 Health Psychology
PSYC 325 Multicultural Psychology
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women (Counts for Group B or C)
PSYC 388 Environmental Psychology
PSYC 356 Sources of Social Influence
Group D
NEURO 300 Special Topics Courses labeled as Group D (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
NEURO 305 Human Brain Development
NEURO 306 Behavioral Neuroscience and Lab

Recommended Plan of Study for Psychology

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer 
Freshman Year PSYC 105
Languages I
WCore
PSYC 200-level course
Languages II
WCore
PSYC Electives
Sophomore Year PSYC 200-level course and/or
NEURO 205
WCore
PSYC 255
PSYC 270
DATA 220
WCore
PSYC Electives
Junior Year PSYC 300-level course
PSYC 390
PSYC 300-level courses
WCore
PSYC Electives
Senior Year PSYC 300-level courses PSYC 400-level capstone  

 

Psychology with Emphasis in Cognitive Science

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8  
Psychology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.    
II. Lower Division Courses 26  
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)    
NEURO 205 Introduction to Brain and Behavior (4)    
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)    
PSYC 255 Career Exploration (2)   PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
PSYC 270 Thinking and Writing for Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
Take two courses from this list:    
PSYC 203 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4)    
PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)   PSYC 105
III. Upper Division Courses 18-20  
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)   DATA 220, PSYC 270
Two 300-level courses from Groups A-C (8)   PSYC 270 and corresponding WCSBS or 200-level course from PSYC 203, 216, or 252
Take one course from the following:    
NEURO 306 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)   NEURO 205
NEURO Special Topics in Neuroscience (4) as advised    
Take one course from the following list:    
NEURO 408 Cognitive Neuroscience (4)   PSYC 105, NEURO 205, DATA 220, and PSYC/NEURO 390 or NEURO/PSYC 302
NEURO 409 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (2)   PSYC 105, BIOL 204, NEURO 205, and PSYC/NEURO 390 or NEURO 302
NEURO 430 Independent Research Thesis (2-4)   NEURO 302 or 390
PSYC 434 Social Neuroscience (4)   NEURO/PSYC 390 or NEURO 302, and PSYC 216 or NEURO/PSYC 205
IV. Electives 6  
Six credits of PSYC or NEURO coursework that does not already fulfill lower and upper-division course requirements.    
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR WITH COGNITIVE SCIENCE EMPHASIS 58-60  

 

Recommended Plan of Study Psychology with Emphasis in Cognitive Science

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer 
Freshman Year PSYC 105
Languages I
WCore
PSYC 200-level course
Languages II
WCore
PSYC Electives
Sophomore Year PSYC 209 and/or
NEURO 205
WCore
PSYC 200-level course
PSYC 255
PSYC 270
DATA 220
PSYC Electives
Junior Year PSYC 300-level course
(Groups A-C)
PSYC 390
PSYC 300-level courses
(Groups A-C)
NEURO 300-level course (Group D)
PSYC Electives
Senior Year PSYC 300-level courses PSYC/NEURO 400-level capstone  

 

Psychology Minor

To fulfill the requirements for a minor in psychology, students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in psychology, neuroscience, and data science.

NEURO majors minoring in PSYC must complete PSYC 203, PSYC 216, or PSYC 252 and cannot count PSYC 209 toward the PSYC minor requirements if PSYC 209 is used to fulfill NEURO major requirements.  

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 16  
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)    
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)    
PSYC 270 Thinking and Writing for Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)   DATA 220, PSYC 270
II. Psychology Electives 8  
Take one course from the following list:    
PSYC 203 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4)    
NEURO 205 Brain and Behavior (4)    
PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology   PSYC 105
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)   PSYC 105
PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)   PSYC 105
Take one 300-level course from Groups A-D (4)   PSYC 270 (groups A-C) and NEURO 205 (group D)
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MINOR 24