Psychology

Faculty: Jonathan Amburgey, Christopher Davids, Julian Mendez, Paul Presson, Jennifer Simonds

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 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group A (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
PSYC 307 Child Abuse and Neglect
PSYC 308 Childhood Psychopathology
PSYC 310 Measuring Human Traits & Behaviors (Counts in Groups A-C)
PSYC 358 Methods of Counseling
PSYC 362  Abnormal Psychology
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 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)

Group C

PSYC 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group C (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
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

Group D

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

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

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore 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 24
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) MATH 105
PSYC 255 Career Exploration (2)
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2) PSYC 105 or  WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102 & Sophomore Standing
WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102 – Bust That Psych Myth (4)
Take three courses from this list:
  • PSYC 203 Life Span Development (4) or
    WCSBS 108 Hot Topics in Development (4)
  • PSYC 205 Brain and Behavior (4)  or
    PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)

PSYC 105 or WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102
  • PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4) or
    WCSBS 115 The Science of Social Behavior (4)
  • PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)
PSYC 105 or WCSAm 101 or WCSBS 102 or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Courses 18-20
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4) MATH 150 or MATH 240 or DATA 220
Take three 300-level courses from at least two different Groups from Groups A-D (12). PSYC 270 and corresponding 200-level or WCore course from PSYC 203, 205, 209, 216, or 252
One 400-level course (2-4) PSYC 390
IV. Electives 8
Eight credits of PSYC coursework.
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR 58–60

Recommended Plan of Study for Psychology

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages I
PSYC 200-level
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages II
Sophomore Year

PSYC 200-level
Classes from other programs


PSYC 200-level
PSYC 270
PSYC 255
DATA 220

Junior Year

PSYC 300-level courses
PSYC 390


PSYC 300-level courses

Senior Year

PSYC 300-level courses


400-level seminar


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 28
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)  MATH 105
PSYC 205  Brain and Behavior (4)
PSYC 209  Cognitive Psychology (4)
PSYC 255  Career Exploration (2) PSYC 105 ow WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2) PSYC 105 ow WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102 and sophomore standing
WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102 – Bust That Psych Myth (4)
Take two courses from this list:
  • PSYC 203 Life Span Development (4) or
    WCSBS 108 Hot Topics in Development (4)
  • PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4) or
    WCSBS 115 The Science of Social Behavior (4)
  • PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)
III. Upper Division Courses 18-20
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4) PSYC 270; MATH 150 or MATH 240 or DATA 220
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 list:
  • PSYC 306 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
PSYC 270
  • Special Topics Courses as Advised (4)
Take one course from the following list:
  • NEURO 409  Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (2)
BIOL 204; PSYC 390 or NEURO 390
  • PSYC 408  Cognitive Neuroscience (4)
MATH 150 or MATH 240 or DATA 220; PSYC 209; PSYC 390 or NEURO 390
  • PSYC 430  Independent Research Thesis (2-4)
PSYC 390 or NEURO 390
IV. Electives 8
Eight credits of PSYC coursework.
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR WITH COGNITIVE SCIENCE EMPHASIS 62–64

Recommended Plan of Study Psychology with Emphasis in Cognitive Science

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages I
PSYC 200 Level
PSYC 205
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages II
Sophomore Year

PSYC 209
Other PSYC 200 Level
Other Explorations & WSeminars


PSYC 270
PSYC 255
DATA 220

Junior Year

PSYC 300-level courses
PSYC 390


PSYC Group D 300/400 Level Coursework

Senior Year

PSYC 300-level courses


PSYC Group D 300/400 Level Coursework


Psychology 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
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) MATH 105
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2)  PSYC 105 or WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4) PSYC 270; MATH 150  or MATH 240 or DATA 220
WCSAM 101 or WCSBS 102 – Bust That Psych Myth (4)
II. Psychology Electives 8
Take one course from the following list:
  • PSYC 203  Lifespan Development (4) or
    WCSBS 108 Hot Topics in Development (4)
  • PSYC 205 Brain and Behavior (4)
  • PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)
  • PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4) or
    WCSBS 115 The Science of Social Behavior (4)
  • PSYC 252  Personality Theories (4)
Take one 300-level course from Groups A-D (4). Corresponding 200-level course
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MINOR 22
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