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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.

The undergraduate bachelor of arts (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 advisors 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 bachelor of science (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.


B.A. Degree Requirements

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

Course Credit Hours
PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology (with lab)  4
PSY 010 - Research Methods in Psychology  3
PSY 011 - Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

Note: BIO 099 - Biology Research and Statistics Methods or both STAT 071 - Statistics I and STAT 072 - Statistics II may substitute for PSY 011
4
Note: students must pass PSY 010 and PSY 011 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology courses and to complete the psychology major. 
Choose one course including a laboratory section from the following: 
PSY 120/121 - Conditioning and Learning 4
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology 4
PSY 130 - Experimental Social Psychology 4
PSY 133 - Psychological Assessment 4
Psychology courses providing at least 12 additional hours of upper-division credit.  Laboratory courses beyond the one required may be used to complete the upper-division requirements.  Independent studies, internships, and research seminars do not count towards these 12 hours, but they do count as electives. 
At least one course must be completed in each of the following four themes to help ensure a broad exposure to the discipline:
Theme A - Sensation, Perception & Biopsychology
PSY 024 - Animal Behavior 3
PSY 026 - Human Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 028 - Drugs and Behavior 3
PSY 122 - Sensation & Perception 3
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior 4
PSY 124 - Health Psychology 3
PSY 127 - Behavior Genetics 3
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Theme B - Learning, Cognition & Memory
PSY 060 - Principles of Behavior 3
PSY 120/121 - Condition & Learning (with lab) 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology 4
PSY 129 - Primate Cognition 3
PSY 154 - Theories of Consciousness 3
PSY 162 - Applied Behavior Analysis 3-4
Theme C - Clinical, Personality & Assessment
PSY 076 - Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 081 - Human Sexuality 3
PSY 132 - Theories of Personality 3
PSY 133 - Psychological Assessment 4
PSY 137 - Psychology of Gender 3
PSY 176 - Advanced Psychopathology 3
PSY 177 - Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology 3
Theme D - Developmental, Social & Organizational
PSY 030 - Social Psychology 3
PSY 042 - Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 044 - Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 085 - Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 130 - Experimental Social Psychology 4
PSY 134 - Ethnopolitical Conflict 3
PSY 142 - Behavior Analysis Child Development 3
PSY 148 - Psychology of Developmental Disabilities 3
PSY 183 - Industrial Psychology 3
Students also must complete a capstone, which may consist of
A designated capstone course
PSY 145 - Applied Professional Ethics Psychology, or
PSY 151 - History and Systems of Psychology
3
TOTAL 39
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 with a "C" during the semester of enrollment
A senior seminar designated as a capstone experience
Students must obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in psychology (computed across all psychology courses) to graduate with a B.A. in psychology.

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.

B.S. Degree Requirements

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

Course Credit Hours
PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology (with lab) 4
PSY 010 - Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSY 011 - Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

Note: BIO 099 - Biology Research and Statistics Methods or both STAT 071 - Statistics I and STAT 072 - Statistics II may substitute for PSY 011

4

Note: students must pass PSY 010 and PSY 011 with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in some upper-division psychology cousres and to complete the psychology major. 
Choose one course including a laboratory section from the following: 
PSY 120/121 - Conditioning and Learning 4
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology 4
PSY 130 - Experimental Social Psychology 4
PSY 133 - Psychological Assessment 4
Psychology courses providing at least 12 additional hours of upper-division credit.  Laboratory courses beyond the one required may be used to complete the upper-division requirements.  Independent studies, internships, and research seminars do not count towards these 12 hours, but they do count as electives. 
At least one course must be completed in each of the following four themes to help ensure a broad exposure to the discipline:
Theme A - Sensation, Perception & Biopsychology
PSY 024 - Animal Behavior 3
PSY 026 - Human Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 028 - Drugs and Behavior 3
PSY 122 - Sensation & Perception 3
PSY 123 - Biological Basis of Behavior 4
PSY 124 - Health Psychology 3
PSY 127 - Behavior Genetics 3
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Theme B - Learning, Cognition & Memory
PSY 060 - Principles of Behavior 3
PSY 120/121 - Condition & Learning (with lab) 4
PSY 125 - Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology 4
PSY 129 - Primate Cognition 3
PSY 154 - Theories of Consciousness 3
PSY 162 - Applied Behavior Analysis 3-4
Theme C - Clinical, Personality & Assessment
PSY 076 - Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 081 - Human Sexuality 3
PSY 132 - Theories of Personality 3
PSY 133 - Psychological Assessment 4
PSY 137 - Psychology of Gender 3
PSY 176 - Advanced Psychopathology 3
PSY 177 - Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology 3
Theme D - Developmental, Social & Organizational
PSY 030 - Social Psychology 3
PSY 042 - Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 044 - Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 085 - Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 130 - Experimental Social Psychology 4
PSY 134 - Ethnopolitical Conflict 3
PSY 142 - Behavior Analysis Child Development 3
PSY 148 - Psychology of Developmental Disabilities 3
PSY 183 - Industrial Psychology 3
12 hours of natural science courses outside the psychology department in astronomy; biology; chemistry; biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (B.C.M.B.); computer science; mathematics (020 or above); physics; environmental science (a science-based course); and neuroscience (not cross-listed with psychology).  MATH 020 - College Algebra and MATH 050 - Calculus I are among the courses that may be selected to complete this requirement.  Two of the natural science courses (8 of the 12 hours) outside of the major department must include a laboratory.
Students also must complete a capstone, which may consist of
A designated capstone course
PSY 145 - Applied Professional Ethics Psychology, or
PSY 151 - History and Systems of Psychology
3
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 with a "C" during the semester of enrollment
A senior seminar designated as a capstone experience
Students must obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in psychology (computed across all psychology courses) to graduate with a B.S. in psychology.
Total 39

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.
  • 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 grade point average 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.

Psychology 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.

Requirements:

A minimum of 22 credit hours of courses offered by the Department of Psychology, which must include PSY 001 (with lab).  Only three credits of independent study, research seminar, or internship may count toward the minor.  A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at Drake. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be used for the minor.

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