Psychology Major Requirements

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Psychology Major Requirements-45 Credit Hours

Prerequisite Knowledge (4 credit hours)

Program Goal: Expose students to the breadth and possibilities of the discipline.

Student Outcome: Understand the basic subject areas of psychology and employment for psychologists, and establish a plan to accomplish personal career goals.

The student must complete all of the following:

PSYC 101 General Psychology ................................................... 3

PSYC 202Professional Seminar in Psychology ………….….1

In addition, because a broad range of experiences is useful for psychologists, students are encouraged to use courses outside the major for meeting requirements in the Liberal Studies program.

Scientific Methods (8 credit hours)

Program Goal: Teach the skills and behaviors of behavioral scientists.

Student Outcome: Identify and explain the scientific foundations of psychology, use and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims.

The student must complete all of the following:

BSHS 210 Statistical Analysis..................................................... 3

BSHS 210L SPSS Lab………………………………………….. 1

PSYC 390 Psychological Research Design ................................. 4

Students considering graduate school are encouraged to take two semesters of courses with a MATH prefix

Diversity and Ethics

Program Goal: Integrate diversity concerns across the curriculum.

Student Goal: Recognize existence of universal and culture-bound psychological principles; exhibit sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for all dimensions of human diversity

Issues of diversity are a concern in all courses, and the curriculum is designed to integrate diversity throughout, across courses. However, students’ educational experience can be strengthened by 1) taking SOCI250 Racial & Ethnic Minorities or SOCI240 Social Inequality, and 2) by developing communication skills in a second language.

Program Goal: Teach ethical awareness and skills across the curriculum.

Student Goal: Demonstrate ethical knowledge and skills appropriate to level of experience and education.

As with diversity, ethics is incorporated throughout courses in the major.Students conducting research are expected to know and follow national and university regulations, and to submit research for IRB review prior to data collection.In addition:

The student must take:

PSYC200 Professional Ethics in Psychology …………………………..3

Content Domains (18-21 credit hours)

Program Goal: Teach a balanced program incorporating core courses essential to the field.

Student Outcome: Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research central to the major domains of the field.

Students considering graduate school are strongly advised to take as many of the regularly-offered courses from the core lists as possible.

The student must complete the following core course on the biological bases of psychology:

PSYC 402 Physiological Psychology .......................................... 3

The student must complete the following core course on lifespan development:

PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology ....................................... 3

The student must complete at least one of the following core courses on the cognitive bases of psychology:

PSYC 310 Fundamentals of Conditioning & Learning ............... 3

PSYC 360 Cognitive Psychology ................................................ 3

The student must complete at least one of the following core courses on the sociocultural bases of psychology:

PSYC 201 Social Psychology ...................................................... 3

BSHS 220 Gender………………………………………………..3

BSHS 337 Cross-Cultural Psychology ………………………… 3

The student must complete at least two of the following core courses on individual differences:

PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology ............................................... 3

PSYC 351 Theories of Counseling .............................................. 3

PSYC 370 Psychological Tests & Measures ............................... 3

PSYC 380 Theories of Personality .............................................. 3

Application (6 credit hours)

Program Goal: Teach a program with sufficient breadth to offer students exposure to a range of opportunities and applications in the field.

Student Outcome: Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research associated with domains beyond the core subjects

The student must complete at least two of the following application courses:

BSHS 231 Marriage & Family ……………………………………3

BSHS 232 Human Sexuality……………………………………….3

BSHS 245 Forensic Psychology …………………………………..3

PSYC 210 Psychology of Mass Communication…………………3

PSYC 215 Health Psychology ……………………………………3

PSYC 260 Psychopharmacology ………………………………….3

PSYC 305 Sensation and Perception ……………………………3

SOCI 306Domestic Violence …………………………………….3

PSYC 315 School Psychology ……………………………………3

PSYC 320 Psychology of Music ………………………………….3

BSHS 325 Political Psychology …………………………………..3

PSYC 330 Psychology of Religion ……………………………….3

PSYC 335 Psycholinguistics …………………………………3

PSYC 343 Psychology of Aging …………………………………..3

PSYC 352 Principles of Counseling Practice ……………………..3

PSYC 355 Industrial/Organizational Psychology ………………..3

Or BUSA 322 Human Relations Management …………………..3

PSYC365 Environmental Psychology ……………………………3

PSYC 375 Consumer Psychology …………………………………3

Or BUSA 345Consumer Behavior …………………………….3

PSYC 385 Sports Psychology ………………………………………3

PSYC 405 Social Neuroscience …………………………………3

EDUC415 Educational Psychology ……………………………….3

PSYC 415 Military Psychology …………………………………..3

PSYC 425 Human Factors Psychology……………………………3

PSYC 430 Human-Computer Interaction…………………………3

PSYC 435 Evolutionary Psychology…………………………….3

PSYC 440 Developmental Psychopathology ……………………..3

PSYC 445 Cognitive Neuroscience ……………………………..3

PSYC 465 Introduction to Art Therapy …………………………..3

Integrative Experience (6 credit hours)

Program Goal: Teach a program that integrates multiple perspectives and themes

Student Outcome: Demonstrate knowledge of overarching themes, broad or enduring controversies, and major problems in psychology.

PSYC 410 History of Psychology ............................................... 3

In addition, the student must complete at least one of the following Professional Psychology courses:

PSYC 460 Internship ................................................................. 3

PSYC 490 Independent Study ..................................................... 3

BSHS 499 Independent Research Project – Senior Thesis .......... 3

Students desiring solely a bachelor's degree are strongly recommended to complete a minor or second major in an area of professional interest. The Professional Psychology course and courses taken by Directed Study may require additional university fees.