Department of Psychology

COURSE REQUIRMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

B.A. Major Requirements                             

PSY101         Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science                                       3

PSY102         Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science                                     3

PSY201         Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking in Psychology                            3

PSY240         Psychology of the African American Experience                                     3

PSY210/L      Research Methods and Stats I/Lab                                                          4

PSY310/L      Research Methods and Stats II/Lab                                                         4

PSY332         Abnormal Psychology                                                                           3

PSY410/L      Research Methods and Stats III/Lab                                                       4

           

The above are required of all psychology majors                                          27

­_______                                                                                                        _______

PSY320         Social Psychology

PSY330         Theories of Personality                                                                         

                                                                                                      

One of the above three credit hours is required                                                    3

_______                                                                                                        _______

PSY260         Educational Psychology

PSY265         Developmental Psychology

PSY270         Community Psychology

PSY275         Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY335         Health/Medical Psychology

                                                                                                               

One of the above three credit hours is required                                                    3

_______                                                                                                        _______              

PSY353         Sensation & Perception

PSY357         Cognitive Psychology

                                                                                                                 

One of the above three credit hours is required                                                    3

_______                                                                                                        _______

 

PSY350/L      Animal Behavior/Lab

PSY352/L      Biopsychology/Lab

PSY355/L      Learning & Memory/Lab

                                                                             

One of the above four credit hours is required                                                   4

_______                                                                                                        _______

PSY498         Directed Studies I                                 

PSY499         Directed Studies II

                                     

Both of the above three credit hour courses are required                               6

_______                                                                                                        _______

                               

PSY…             Two psychology ‘free’ elective courses are required                                     6

_______                                                                                                        _______

 

Required Courses (credit hours)                                                            52

 

B.S. Major Requirements     

PSY101         Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science                                       3

PSY102         Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science                                     3

PSY201         Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking in Psychology                            3

PSY240         Psychology of the African American Experience                                     3

PSY210/L      Research Methods and Stats I/Lab                                                          4

PSY310/L      Research Methods and Stats II/Lab                                                         4

PSY332         Abnormal Psychology                                                                           3

PSY410/L      Research Methods and Stats III/Lab                                                       4

           

The above are required of all psychology majors                                          27

­_______                                                                                                        _______

PSY320         Social Psychology

PSY330         Theories of Personality                                                                         

                                                                                                                           

One of the above three credit hours is required                                                    3

_______                                                                                                        _______

PSY260         Educational Psychology

PSY265         Developmental Psychology

PSY270         Community Psychology

PSY275         Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY335         Health/Medical Psychology

                                                                                                               

One of the above three credit hours is required                                                    3

_______                                                                                                        _______              

PSY353         Sensation & Perception

PSY357         Cognitive Psychology

                                                                                                                 

One of the above three credit hours is required                                                    3

_______                                                                                                        _______

 

PSY350/L      Animal Behavior/Lab

PSY352/L      Biopsychology/Lab

PSY355/L      Learning & Memory/Lab

                                                                             

All of the above four credit hours are required                                                 12

_______                                                                                                        _______

PSY498         Directed Studies I                                 

PSY499         Directed Studies II

                                     

Both of the above three credit hour courses are required                               6

_______                                                                                                        _______

                               

PSY…             no psychology ‘free’ elective is required                                        

_______                                                                                                        _______

 

Required Courses (credit hours)                                                            54

*Additional natural science credits are required to earn the B.S. degree

 

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY

For a B.A. degree in psychology, a total of 52 required semester hours must be completed.  An additional six semester hours of cognate electives are required for the B.A. degree.  The Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (PSY 101) course serves as a general prerequisite for majors and MUST be completed before enrolling in any other psychology course. 

To complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, you must have:

1)       a total of 120 academic semester hours

2)       a total of 52 hours in Psychology

3)       a minimum overall GPA of 2.0

4)       satisfactory completion of required courses in the department, including

          six hours of electives

5)       a final grade of C or better in all major required courses

6)       satisfactory completion of general studies courses required in the core

          curriculum

 

POSSIBLE COURSE SEQUENCE FOR MAJORS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Warning:  Students who enroll in psychology courses for which they have not met the stated prerequisites are subject to disenrollment by the department regardless of performance or time lapsed.

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY  

Freshman Year

 

Fall Semester

(PSY 101) Intro to Psychology as a Social Science                                  3 hours

Math 100 or higher                                                                                3

MFL 201                                                                                                3

HIST 111                                                                                               3

ENG 101                                                                                                3

EDU 151                                                                                                0

EDU 153                                                                                                0

                                                                                                              15 hours

Spring Semester

(PSY 102) Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science                               3 hours

ENG 102                                                                                                3

MATH 110 or higher                                                                              3

MFL 202                                                                                                3

HIST 112                                                                                               3

EDU 152                                                                                                0

EDU 154                                                                                                0

PED                                                                                                       1

                                                                                                              16 hours

 

 

Sophomore Year

 

Fall Semester

(PSY 210/PSY 210L) Research Methods & Statistics I/lab (co-requisite courses)

Prerequisite: PSY 101                                                                            4 hours

                             

(PSY 201) Reading Writing and Critical Thinking in Psychology            3

Humanities Elective                                                                               3

Bio 101/Bio 101 Lab or higher                                                                3

ENG 250                                                                                                3

EDU 251                                                                                                0

PED                                                                                                       1

                                                                                                              17 hours

 

Spring Semester

(PSY 310/PSY 310L) Research Methods & Statistics II/lab (co-requisite courses)

Prerequisites: PSY 210/210L                                                                  4 hours

 

(PSY 240) Psychology of the African American Experience                     3

(PSY 320) Social Psychology OR (PSY 330) Theories of Personality       3         

Social Sciences Elective (non-psychology)                                               3

PHY 102/102L or higher                                                                        3

EDU 252                                                                                                0

                                                                                                              16 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Year

 

Fall Semester

(PSY 410/PSY 410L) Research Methods and Statistics III/lab (co-requisite courses)

Prerequisites: PSY 102, PSY 310/310L                                                   4 hours

 

(PSY xxx) Education/Developmental OR Community/Industrial

Requirement                                                                                          3

(PSY 332) Abnormal Psychology                                                            3

Psychology Elective                                                                                3

Free Elective                                                                                          3

EDU 353                                                                                                0

16 hours

 

Spring Semester

(PSY xxx/PSY xxxL) Animal Behavior OR Other Requirement/Lab       4 hours

Humanities Electives                                                                             6

Social Sciences Elective (non-psychology)                                               3

Free Elective                                                                                          3

EDU 354                                                                                                0         

16 hours

 

 

 

Senior Year

 

Fall Semester

(PSY 353) Sensation and Perception OR

(PSY 357) Cognitive Psychology                                                             3 hours

(PSY 498) Directed Studies I                                                                  3

Psychology Elective                                                                                3

Free Electives                                                                                        6

                                                                                                              15 hours

 

Spring Semester

(PSY 499) Directed Studies II                                                                3 hours

Psychology Elective                                                                                3

Free Electives                                                                                        6                   

                                                                                                                                    12 hours

 

 

 

 

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY

 

A total of 54 hours in psychology is required for the B.S. degree.  These hours must also include the following specified courses, along with science electives chosen in consultation with your advisor. 

Major Requirements

  • Biopsychology with the Laboratory (offered Fall Semester only)
  • Animal Behavior with the Laboratory (offered Spring Semester only)
  • Learning & Memory with the Laboratory

General Education Requirements

  • Math 100 & 120 (or other approved science sequence in math)
  • General Biology 111/111L & 112/112L (for majors) in place of Biology 101 (Biological Science).
  • At least one semester of Chemistry for majors (with the laboratory) (e.g. Chemistry 111/111L) -OR- Physics for majors (with the laboratory) (e.g. Physics 151/151L) in place of Physics 102 (Physical Science). The full year of either the chemistry or physics is recommended. 

The B.S. degree in Psychology provides a wide range of career options, giving the student an excellent foundation for graduate work in the Neurosciences, Health/Medical Psychology, Biology, Public Health and Clinical Psychology.

PRE-MEDICAL/PRE-DENTAL PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS

        Psychology majors planning to attend medical, dental or other health

professional school after graduation must take the following courses to meet minimum admission requirements for most medical/dental schools.  This sequence should be started in the freshman year.

  • General Biology for majors 8 hours
  • General Chemistry for majors 8 hours
  • Organic Chemistry for majors 8 hours
  • Physics for majors 8 hours
  • Mathematics (100-120 or higher) 6 hours
  • Some medical schools may require a year of calculus

Additional courses (such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc.) may be required by some schools.  Students planning to attend medical or dental school must check with the Office of Health Professions in order to remain current on application procedures, specific requirements for the schools you are interested in, and information on special summer programs.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

To complete a minor in Psychology, a student must take Psychology 101, 102, 210, 210L and 9 elective hours in the department.

COMPLEMENTARY MINORS

Psychology majors may further expand their foundation in psychology by completing a minor in Neuroscience or Public Health Sciences.  See your advisor for further information about these opportunities

 

Psychology Handbook 2017-2018