Psychology

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

300-Level Course Groups

Group A

PSYC 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group A (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
PSYC 310 Measuring Human Traits & Behaviors (Counts in Groups A-C)
PSYC 358 Methods of Counseling
PSYC 362  Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 363  Exploring Addictions
PSYC 364 Human Services Practicum

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 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 & Motivation (Counts for Group B or D)

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

NEURO 300  Special Topics Courses labeled as Group D (Offered on a semester-by-semester basis)
NEURO 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 101 or 105
PSYC 255 Career Exploration (2) Take PSYC 105 and sophomore standing.
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2) PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)
Take three courses from this list:
  • NEURO 205 Brain and Behavior (4)  or
    PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)

PSYC 105
  • PSYC 203 Life Span Development (4)
  • PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)
PSYC 105
  • PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)
PSYC 105 or consent of instructor.
III. Upper Division Courses 18-20
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4) DATA 220, PSYC 105, and PSYC 270
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 NEURO 205 or PSYC 203, 209, 216, or 252.
One 400-level course (2-4) NEURO 302
IV. Electives 8
Eight credits of PSYC or NEURO coursework.
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR 58–60

Recommended Plan of Study for Psychology

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year PSYC 105
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages I
200-level course
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages II
Sophomore Year

200-level course
Classes from other programs


200-level course
PSYC 270
PSYC 255
DATA 220

Junior Year

300-level course
PSYC 390


300-level courses

Senior Year

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 101 or 105
NEURO 205  Brain and Behavior (4)
PSYC 209  Cognitive Psychology (4) PSYC 105
PSYC 255  Career Exploration (2) PSYC 105
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2) PSYC 105 and sophomore standing
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)
Take two courses from this list:
  • PSYC 203 Life Span Development (4)
  • PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)
 PSYC 105
  • PSYC 252 Personality Theories (4)
 PSYC 105 or or consent of instructor.
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:
  • NEURO 306 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
PSYC 270
  • NEURO Special Topics Courses as Advised (4)
Take one course from the following list:
  • NEURO 408  Cognitive Neuroscience (4)
MATH 150 or MATH 240 or DATA 220; PSYC 209; NEURO 302
  • NEURO 409  Advanced Topics in Neuroscience (2)
BIOL 204; NEURO 302
  • NEURO 430  Independent Research Thesis (2-4)
NEURO 302
  • PSYC 434 Social Neuroscience (4)
IV. Electives 8
Eight credits of PSYC or NEURO 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 PSYC 105
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages I
200-level course
NEURO 205
Other Explorations & WSeminars
Languages II
Sophomore Year

PSYC 209
200-level course
Other Explorations & WSeminars


PSYC 270
PSYC 255
DATA 220

Junior Year

300-level course
PSYC 390


NEURO Group D 300/400 Level Coursework

Senior Year

300-level course


NEURO 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 neuroscience.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 14
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) MATH 101 or 105
PSYC 270  Thinking & Writing for Psych (2)
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4) DATA 220, PSYC 105, and PSYC 270
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)
II. Psychology Electives 8
Take one course from the following list:
  • NEURO 205 Brain and Behavior (4)
  • PSYC 203  Lifespan Development (4)
  • PSYC 209 Cognitive Psychology (4)
Prerequisite: PSYC 105
  • PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)
 PSYC 105
  • PSYC 252  Personality Theories (4)
PSYC 105 or consent of instructor.
Take one 300-level course from Groups A-D (4). Corresponding 200-level course
TOTAL HOURS FOR PSYCHOLOGY MINOR 22