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Program Overview

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.

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


B.A. Degree Requirements

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 student's primary area of study.

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.

Course Credit Hours
PSY 001 (Introductory Psychology with lab) 4
PSY 015 (Statistics and Research Methodology)* or PSY 010 (Research methods in Psychology)*   3
PSY 011 (Introduction to Statistics for Psychology)*
Note: BIO 099 or both STAT 071 and STAT 072 may substitute for PSY 011
4
One course including a laboratory section from among PSY 120/121, 123, 125, 126, 130, or 133  4
Upper Division Psychology Courses
(at least one course from each of the theme areas as listed below):**
12
PSY 024, 026, 028, 122, 123, 124, or 128 (Sensation, Perception, and Biopsychology)  
PSY 060, 120/121, 125, 126, 129, 154, or 162 (Learning, Cognition, and Memory)  
PSY 076, 081, 132, 133, 137, 176, or 177 (Clinical, Personality and Assessment)  
PSY 030, 042, 044, 085, 130, 134, 142, 148, or 183 (Developmental, Social and Organizational)  
Psychology electives 12
TOTAL: 39

*Students must pass PSY 015, PSY 010, and 011 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses.

**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.


B.S. Degree Requirements

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.

Course Credit Hours
PSY 001 (Introductory Psychology with lab) 4
PSY 015 (Statistics and Research Methodology)* or PSY 010 (Research methods in Psychology)*   3
PSY 011 (Introduction to Statistics for Psychology)*
Note: BIO 099 or both STAT 071 and STAT 072 may substitute for PSY 011
4
One course including a laboratory section from among PSY 120/121, 123, 125, 126, 130, or 133  4
Upper Division Psychology Courses
(at least one course from each of the theme areas as listed below):**
12
PSY 024, 026, 028, 122, 123, 124, or 128 (Sensation, Perception, and Biopsychology)  
PSY 060, 120/121, 125, 126, 129, 154, or 162 (Learning, Cognition, and Memory)  
PSY 076, 081, 132, 133, 137, 176, or 177 (Clinical, Personality and Assessment)  
PSY 030, 042, 044, 085, 130, 134, 142, 148, or 183 (Developmental, Social and Organizational)  
Natural science courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, MATH 020 or MATH 050, Physics or Environmental Science. Two of the natural science courses (8 of 12 hours) outside the major department must include a laboratory. 12
A designated capstone course (PSY 515 or PSY 145)*** 3
TOTAL: 39 minimum

*Students must pass PSY 015, PSY 010, and 011 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses and to complete the major.

**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.

***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.

Students interested in graduate study in Psychology are encouraged to participate in research seminars (PSY 198) and/or independent study (PSY 090, 091, 190, 191) and take PSY 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 PSY 111 (Advanced Statistics) and two laboratory courses, one focusing on human behavior and the other on animal behavior. 

  • 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.
  • Students must obtain a GPA of 2.0 in psychology to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology. 

Minor Requirements

A minor in psychology allows students to complement their major field of study with psychology courses and provides formal acknowledgment of the courses completed.

Course Credit Hours
PSY 001 (Introductory Psychology with lab) 4
PSY 015 (Statistics and Research Methodology)* or PSY 010 (Research methods in Psychology)*   3
Upper Division Psychology course 3
Psychology electives 12
TOTAL: 22 minimum
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at Drake and three of these must be upper division.
  • Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be used for the minor. 
  • Required hours may not be fulfilled with independent study, research seminars or internships. 
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