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Psychology

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in psychology.

Program Description

The Department of Psychology provides courses in the fundamental areas of study that comprise the science of behavior. The psychology department encourages students to participate in experiential learning opportunities in the form of research seminars, independent study, and internships in addition to traditional coursework. The department recognizes outstanding undergraduate students by presenting annual achievement awards for excellence in academic performance and for significant contributions in experimental and applied psychology.

The undergraduate B.A. degree program is intended for students planning careers in areas other than psychology or related sciences. A B.A. degree in psychology can be completed as part of many pre-professional programs of study, including pre-business, pre-law and pre-social work. Because human behavior is an essential part of any career a B.A. degree can also complement a students primary area of study. Students should work with their adviseors to assure selection of courses most compatible with their educational and career objectives. Students also are encouraged to take courses in the arts and sciences that improve their verbal, quantitative and critical reasoning abilities.

The program of study leading to a B.S. degree with a major in psychology is intended for students who anticipate attending graduate school in psychology or related sciences. The course requirements reflect the breadth and rigor necessary to prepare for the Graduate Record Examinations and graduate study.

All Psychology students are encouraged to take courses in the arts and sciences that improve their verbal, quantitative and critical reasoning abilities.

Requirements for Major, B.A. Degree:

39 credits of coursework in the Department of Psychology, which must include:

  • Psychology 1 (Introductory Psychology with lab)
  • Psychology 15 (Statistics and Research Methodology), or Psychology 10 (Research methods in Psychology) and Psychology 11 (Introduction to Statistics for Psychology)

Note: Bio 099 or both Stat 071 and Stat 072 may substitute for Psy 011.

  • Students must pass Psychology 15, Psychology 10, and 11 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses and to complete the BS psychology major.
  • One course including a laboratory section from among Psychology 120/121, 123, 125, 126, 130, or 133
  • Psychology courses providing at least 12 additional hours of upper-division credit. Laboratory courses beyond the one required course may be used to complete the upper-division requirements. Independent studies, internships, and research seminars do not count towards these 12 hours, but count as electives.
  • At least one course must be completed in each of the following four themes to help assure a broad exposure to the discipline:
  • Psychology 24, 26, 28, 122, 123, 124, 128
  • Psychology 60, 120/121, 125, 126, 129, 154, 162
  • Psychology 76, 81, 132, 133, 137, 176, 177
  • Psychology 30, 42, 44, 85, 130, 134, 142, 148, 183

Requirements for Major, B.S. Degree:

39 credits of coursework in the Department of Psychology, which must include:

  • Psychology 1 (Introductory Psychology with lab)
  • Psychology 15 (Statistics & Research Methodology), or Psychology 10 (Research methods in Psychology) and Psychology 11 (Introduction to Statistics for Psychology)

Note: Bio 099 or both Stat 072 and Stat 072 may substitute for Psy 011.

  • Students must pass Psychology 15, Psychology 10, and 11 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses and to complete the BS psychology major.
  • One course including a laboratory section from among Psychology 120/121, 123, 125, 126, 130, or 133
  • Psychology courses providing at least 12 additional hours of upper-division credit. Laboratory courses beyond the one required course may be used to complete the upper-division requirements. Independent studies, internships, and research seminars do not count towards these 12 hours, but count as electives.
  • At least one course must be completed in each of the following four themes to help assure a broad exposure to the discipline:
  • Psychology 24, 26, 28, 122, 123, 124, 128
  • Psychology 60, 120/121, 125, 126, 129, 154, 162
  • Psychology 76, 81, 132, 133, 137, 176, 177
  • Psychology 30, 42, 44, 85, 130, 134, 142, 148, 183
  • 12 hours of natural science courses outside the Psychology Department in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics (20 or above), physics or environmental science (a science-based course). Math 20 and Math 50 are among the courses that may be selected to complete this requirement. Two of the natural science courses (8 of 12 hours) outside the major department must include a laboratory.

Students interested in graduate study in Psychology are encouraged to participate in research seminars (Psychology 198) and/or independent study (Psychology 90, 91, 190, 191) and take Psychology 151, History and Systems. Courses strongly recommended for students with a GPA of 3.00 and above who are interested in graduate study in psychology include Psychology 111 (Advanced Statistics) and two laboratory courses, one focusing on human behavior and the other on animal behavior. Students must obtain a GPA of 2.0 in psychology (computed across all psychology courses) to graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology. Students must also compete a capstone which may consist of

  • A designated capstone course (Psy 515 or Psy 145)
  • Research experience approved by a faculty member and advisor as a capstone and designated as such during the semester of enrollment with a “c”
  • An internship involving a scholarly project, approved by a faculty member and advisor as a capstone and designated as a capstone with a “c” during the semester of enrollment.
  • A senior seminar designated as a capstone experience.

Notes:

  • Of the 39 credit hours in Psychology needed for the major, 18 must be taken at Drake that do not include independent study, research seminars or internships, and a minimum of 9 of these credits must be upper division psychology credits.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study and /or internship may be counted toward the 39 credit hours for the major.

Requirements for Minor

Minimum of 22 credit hours of courses offered by the Department of Psychology, which must include Psychology 1 with lab, Psychology 15or Psychology 10 and at least one upper-division course. Required hours may not be fulfilled with independent study, research seminars or internships. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at Drake and 3 of these must be upper division. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be used for the minor. A minor in psychology allows students to complement their major field of study with psychology courses and provides formal acknowledgment of the courses completed.

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