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Psychology

Department of Psychology

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Psychology is the scientific study and application of knowledge concerning the behavioral and cognitive processes of humans and other animals. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology. This degree prepares students for employment in applied settings or for graduate study in psychology and related fields. Students who choose not to continue toward a graduate degree may find employment in a wide variety of organizations and agencies as well as in research settings where knowledge of behavior and cognition is useful. For such students, a B.S. in psychology offers a broad liberal arts background. Those students who obtain an advanced degree (typically an M.S. or a Ph.D.) may find employment in research settings, academic settings, or private practice, although individuals with advanced degrees also work in a wide variety of other organizations.

The psychology curriculum introduces students to the basic scientific and applied areas of the discipline. It emphasizes theories, methods, and terminology, as well as research findings in each of psychology's major subareas. Students learn about various research methods used to study psychological phenomena, as well as the strengths and limitations of each. Students conduct psychological research or perform fieldwork in a setting related to psychology, gaining experience that forms the basis for the Senior Thesis Capstone course.

Prerequisite Requirements

Any student who enrolls in a psychology course without having passed all prerequisite(s) with a "C" or better grade will be required to withdraw from the course.


Curricula in Psychology


The program leading to a B.S. degree offers psychological science and applied psychology options. Within these options, students select the appropriate psychology electives and career electives in consultation with their advisors based on the student's career goals and interests. Options and electives are described below. Psychology majors cannot have a grade less than "C" in a PSYX course used to satisfy graduation requirements.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE and APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY OPTIONS

Freshman YearCredits
PSYX 100IS--Intro to Psychology     4
Take at least one of the following
     BIOB 100IN--Organism Function   3
     BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems    4
     BCH 104RN--Biochem of Health     4
Take at least one of the following
     M 145Q or higher   3
     STAT 216Q    3
University Core, PSYX, and Career Elects20-21
30
Sophomore YearCredits
PSYX 223--Research Design & Analysis I   4
PSYX 225--Research Design & Analysis II    3
University Core, PSYX, and Career Elects23
30

Sophomore, Junior & Senior Years
Take at least one course from each of the following four groups: Credits 12

Biological/Emotion/Motivation/Learning
     PSYX 291--Drugs and Behavior
     PSYX 270--Fundamental Psychology of Learning
     PSYX 350--Physiological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
     PSYX 354--Sensation & Perception
     PSYX 380--Memory & Cognition
     PSYX 481--Judgment & Decision Making
Social/Personality
     PSYX 360--Social Psychology
     PSYX 385--Psychology of Personality
     PSYX 462--Psychology of Prejudice
Developmental/Psychopathology
     PSYX 230--Developmental Psychology
     PSYX 333--Psychology of Aging
     PSYX 340--Abnormal Psychology

Plus, take at least 12 credits of electives:
     PSYX 235D--Contemporary Issues is Human Sexuality
     PSYX 263CS--Psychology of Film
     PSYX 325--Applied Critical Thinking
     PSYX 335--Psychology of Gender
     PSYX 370--Psychology of Learning
     PSYX 375--Behavior Modification
     PSYX 384--Consciousness
     PSYX 385--Psychology of Personality
     PSYX 400--History & Systems in Psychology
     PSYX 461--Industrial & Organizational Psychology
     PSYX 463--Social Cognition
     PSYX 475--Advanced Behavior Analysis
     PSYX 477--Science of Psychological Well-Being
     PSYX 482--Psycholinguistics
     PSYX 491--Special Topics

Take at least one of the following prior to taking PSYX 499R:
PSYX 490R Undergraduate Research
PSYX 495 Field Practicum in Applied Psychology

Take the following:
PSYX 499R Senior Thesis Capstone
(Note: University Scholars Program and McNair Scholars participants who complete a project with a Psychology Department faculty member may petition to be exempt from PSYX 499R.)

Electives 12

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Career Electives

All students must complete additional courses that complement their career goals in a discipline other than psychology. Specific courses are selected by the student. Each student should carefully consider electives based on career plans and goals. Disciplines from which electives are selected typically include: biology, chemistry, computer science, human development, industrial and management engineering, business, management, sociology and statistics. A minimum of 12 credits is required, although students are encouraged to take more than this minimum. Some of the credits shall be in upper-division courses.

Applied Psychology Option.
Students interested in areas of applied psychology such as industrial/organizational psychology, human resource management, or organizational behavior, may consider the Applied Psychology Option and may choose career elective courses in such disciplines as business management, industrial and management engineering and statistics.

Psychological Science Option
Students interested in areas of psychological science may choose elective courses in disciplines such as biology, computer science, sociology and statistics.

Students interested in advanced study in clinical psychology or counseling psychology may follow either the Psychological Science Option or the Applied Psychology Option and should choose career elective courses in such disciplines as biology, or human development. Students in either option should consider taking career elective courses in other social science areas such as sociology or political science.


Psychology MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Credits
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 100IN--Organism Function   3
     BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems4
    BCH 104RN--Biochem of Health 4
Take all of the following:
PSYX 100IS--Introd to Psychology    3
PSYX 223--Research Design & Analysis I     4
PSYX 225--Research Design & Analysis II    3
Take at least four of the following12
PSYX 230--Developmental Psychology     
PSYX 235--Contemp Issues in Human Sexuality     
PSYX 270--Fund Psychology of Learning     
PSYX 274--Psychological Measurement     
PSYX 325--Applied Critical Thinking    
PSYX 333--Psychology of Aging    
PSYX 335--Psychology of Gender  
PSYX 340--Abnormal Psychology     
PSYX 350--Physiological Psychology     
PSYX 354--Sensation & Perception     
PSYX 360--Social Psychology    
PSYX 370--Psychology of Learning     
PSYX 375--Behavior Modification     
PSYX 380--Memory & Cognition   
PSYX 384--Consciousness     
PSYX 385--Psychology Personality    
PSYX 400--History & Systems in Psychology     
PSYX 461--Industrial & Organiz Psych     
PSYX 462--Psychology of Prejudice     
PSYX 463--Social Cognition     
PSYX 481--Judgment & Decision Making     
PSYX 482--Psycholinguistics     
PSYX 491--Special Topics     
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