Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in psychology.
The Department of Psychology provides courses in the fundamental areas of study that comprise the science of behavior. 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. It is designed to permit the student to develop one or more specific areas of interest within the major and offers considerable flexibility to students wishing to focus their study on human or animal behavior.
A B.A. degree in psychology can be completed as part of many preprofessional programs of study, including pre-business, pre-law and pre-social work. Students should work with their advisers 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.
Students are encouraged to take courses in the arts and sciences that improve their verbal, quantitative and critical reasoning abilities.
Thirty-three credits of coursework in the Department of Psychology, which must include:
Thirty-four credits of coursework in the Department of Psychology, which must include:
To gain experience in the conduct of research, B.S. students are encouraged to take a research seminar (Psychology 198) and/or independent study (Psychology 190, 191). Courses strongly recommended for B.S. 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.
Minimum of 20 credit hours of courses offered by the Department of Psychology, which must include Psychology 1 with lab, Psychology 15 and at least one upper-division course. A minimum GPA of 2.00 in psychology courses must be achieved, and 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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