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Psychology

Degree Options

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

Description of Program

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.

Requirements for Major, B.A. Degree

Thirty-three credits of coursework in the Department of Psychology, which must include:

  1. Psychology 1 (Introductory Psychology with lab)
  2. Psychology 15 (Statistics and Research Methodology)
  3. Students must pass Psychology 15 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses and to complete the B.A. psychology major.
  4. One laboratory course from among Psychology 120/121, Conditioning and Learning; 123, Biological Basis of Behavior; 125, Cognitive Psychology; or 130, Experimental Social Psychology
  5. At least 12 hours of additional upper-division psychology courses and 8 hours of psychology electives. Laboratory courses beyond the one course required for the major may be selected to fulfill these requirements.

Requirements for Major, B.S. Degree:

Thirty-four credits of coursework in the Department of Psychology, which must include:

  1. Psychology 1 (Introductory Psychology with lab)
  2. Psychology 15 (Statistics & Research Methodology)
  3. Students must pass Psychology 15 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses and to complete the BS psychology major.
  4. Psychology 151 (History and Systems of Psychology)
  5. One course including a laboratory section from among Psychology 120/121, 123, 125 or 130
  6. 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. Also, History and Systems of Psychology (Psy 151) can count toward this upper-division requirement, but it cannot be used to replace the requirement of taking one course in each cluster.
  7. At least one course must be completed in each of the following three clusters to help assure a broad exposure to the discipline:
    1. Psychology 28, 120/121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128
    2. Psychology 60, 76, 85, 133, 146, 176, 177, 183
    3. Psychology 30, 42, 130, 132, 134, 137
  8. 12 hours of natural science courses outside the Psychology Department in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, 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. One of the natural science courses outside the major department must include a laboratory.

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.

Requirements for Minor

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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