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Department of Psychology

Psychology Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Psychology are: (a) describe the nature of psychology as a discipline; (b) use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena; (c) demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology; (e) describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology; (f) explain different research methods used by psychologists; (g) design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods; (h) evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research; (i) generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of particular research methods; (j) follow the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research; (k) use critical thinking effectively; (l) use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals; (m) approach problems effectively; (n) describe major applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, health); (o) identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems; (p) articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy; (q) recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology; (s) recognize and understand the importance of academic integrity; (t) recognize and respect human diversity and understand that psychological explanations may vary across populations and contexts; (u) assess and justify engagement with respect to civic, social, and global responsibilities; (v) understand the limitations of psychological knowledge and skills .

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements and are listed above.

C. The Major (35 hours in Psychology)

1. Completion of PSYC  1030, 1300, 3010 (4), 3020 (4), plus:

2. One course from each of the three content areas below:

     a. Cognitive and Neuroscientific Bases of Behavior (CNBB): PSYC 3303, PSYC 3304, PSYC 3306, PSYC 3307, PSYC 3507, PSYC 3530, PSYC 4305.

     b. Social and Developmental Bases of Behavior (SDBB): PSYC 3103, PSYC 3106, PSYC 3236, PSYC 3506, PSYC 4034, PSYC 4102.

     c. Applications of Behavior (AB): PSYC 3508, PSYC 3509, PSYC 3512, PSYC 3520, PSYC 4401, PSYC 4507, and:

3. Two of the following 4-hour lab courses (PSYC 3106, 3507, 3512).

4.. In addition, all majors must take a Psychology Field Test during their senior year.

5. Concentrations (24 hours):

     a. General Psychology: Completion of requirements above and additional upper division hours in PSYC to bring the PSYC total to at least 35 hours.

     b. Behavioral Neuroscience: Completion of requirements above, BIOL 1110, 1120, CHEM 1110, 1120; PSYC 3306, 3507, 4505, 4506, and 4997 and additional upper division hours in PSYC courses to bring their PSYC total to at least 35 hours.

     c. Cognitive Science: Completion of  requirements above; PSYC 3303; at least one course from either PSYC 3103 or 3106;  at least two courses from PSYC 3304, 3305, 3306, 3530, 4305; either PSYC 4998 or 4999 and additional upper division hours in PSYC courses to bring their PSYC total to at least 35 hours. Students choosing Cognitive Science concentration must complete at least three of the following courses outside of psychology: PHIL 3460, 3621, 4421, COMP 1800, 1900, 4001, ENGL 3511, COMP 2700.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Honors Program

The Psychology Honors Program provides an opportunity for selected Psychology majors to enrich their learning experience through honors courses, independent study, a senior thesis, and extracurricular learning experiences. The program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of honors work in psychology. Students who complete the program with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average will earn degrees that included the distinction "With Honors in Psychology." Please contact the department honors coordinator for more detailed information about the Psychology Honors Program and assistance in applying. Psychology majors may also be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program described elsewhere in this bulletin. Some psychology honors courses may be counted toward the requirement of the University Honors Program.

Psychology Honors Classes. The honors courses described below are open only to students in good standing in the Psychology Honors Program or the University Honors Program. Honors courses in Psychology include: (1) PSYC 1030 (General Psychology - Honors). Students who wish to enroll in this course during their first year may do so either by meeting the requirements for the University Honors Program or by instructor permission; (2) periodically offered honors sections of other courses in the psychology curriculum; (3) specialized honors courses; (4) Honors Special Topics; (5) Directed Research and Senior Thesis.

Psychology Honors Contracts. Students may ask the instructor of any psychology course to negotiate an honors contract, in which the instructor and student agree on additional honor-level requirements for the course.

Psychology Honors Senior Thesis. Students ask a psychology faculty member to serve as adviser for PSYC 4996 (Honors Senior Thesis), typically completed during the student’s last semester. Before enrolling in PSYC 4996, the student should complete at least one semester of PSYC 4504 (Directed Research) under the same faculty adviser who will oversee work in the honors thesis. Students specializing in Behavioral Neuroscience may choose to enroll in PSYC 4506 (Directed Research in Behavioral Neuroscience) and PSYC 4997 (Senior Thesis in Behavioral Neuroscience). The completed thesis is presented in writing and defended orally before a faculty committee.

Psychology Minor

Completion of 20 semester hours in psychology, including PSYC 1030, 3010 (4) 3020 (4) (or equivalent), and 9 additional upper-division hours.

Typical 4-Year Psychology Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Humanities* 3
PSYC 1030 3 PSYC Content Area 1 3
PSYC 1300 1 Elective 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
Elective (ACAD1100) 3    
Semester Totals 16-17 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

PSYC 3010 4 PSYC 3020 4
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 PSYC Content Area 3   3
PSYC Content Area 2     3 History* 3
COMM 2381 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3    
Semester Totals 16 hrs   13 hrs

Junior Year

Fine Arts* 3 History* 3
Natural Science* 4 Elective 3
Elective 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Semester Totals 16 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

UD PSYC w/lab 4           UD PSYC w/lab 4
Elective 3 Natural Science*     4
Elective 3 UD Elective 3
UD Elective 3 UD Elective          3
UD Elective 2    
Semester Totals 15 hrs   14 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement