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Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the undergraduate major, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge (see 1a and 1b below) in the field of psychology, which includes general psychological principles and the following core perspectives in psychology:
        - social and cultural determinants of behavior
        - biological, developmental, and individual determinants of behavior
        - applied and therapeutic aspects of psychology
        - methodological and data analytic bases of behavioral science
        - historical origins and bases of psychology
        - ethical and professional foundations of psychological research and/or practice
    1a.  Recognize, recall, define, explain, or provide examples of major concepts, principles, and methods of psychology.
    1b.  Apply major concepts, principles, and the methods of psychology to real world situations.
  2. Analyze and make predictions about real world events and develop opinions about the world which are informed by relevant concepts, principles, and methods in psychology.
  3. Critically evaluate information from a psychological perspective, including distinguishing between scientific and non-scientific information; evaluating the quality, veracity, and limitations of major concepts, principles, and methods in psychology; synthesizing major concepts, principles, and methods to form solutions to problem; and/or using formal decision making techniques to choose between alternative courses of action.
  4. Demonstrate competence in behavioral science research, including the following:
    1. reviewing, evaluating, and integrating empirical literature
    2. designing and conducting empirical studies
    3. analyzing behavioral data
    4. reporting empirical research and/or reviews of empirical research in the field of psychology, including the preparation of reports in the publication format of the American Psychological Association, preparation and presentation of research posters, and/or oral presentations of researchy

Major Requirements

B.A. or B.S. Degree ā€“ Psychology Major

All requirements for psychology majors are outlined below.

Prerequisite Survey (3 hrs)

PSYC 121. Introductory Psychology.

Foundation Courses (7 hrs)

PSYC 301. Analysis of Psychological Data
PSYC 302. Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 222. Orientation to the Psychology Major (1)

Core Courses (pick two from each area) (12 hrs)

Area I: Social Sciences (SS)
PSYC 317. Child Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 343. Social Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 361. Psychology of Personality. (3 hrs)
PSYC 439. Abnormal Psychology. (3 hrs)

Area II: Natural Sciences (NS)
PSYC 320. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 333. Principles of Learning. (3 hrs)
PSYC 377. Introduction to Sensation and Perception. (3 hrs)
PSYC 378. Brain and Behavior. (3)

Integrative Research Experience - Lab Courses (pick one)

PSYC 420. Research in Human Cognition. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, 320

PSYC 434. Research in Learning. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, 333

PSYC 443. Research in Social Psychology (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, 343

PSYC 461. Research in Personality. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, 361

PSYC 477. Research in Sensation and Perception. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, 377

PSYC 478. Research in Physiological Psychology. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, 378

PSYC 491. Research in Psychology: Special Topics Lab. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 202, Permission of Instructor

Integrative Capstone Experience (3 hrs)

PSYC 470. History and Systems of Psychology. (3 hrs)

Elective Psychology Courses (9 hrs)

Any of the courses listed above beyond the minimum requirements or any other psychology courses not listed above but which are in the catalog, including independent studies. 

Total minimum hours for the major: 37

(This does not include STAT 200, which is a required course to be counted toward general education or B.S. requirements.)

Electives

Students should consult with their academic advisers in selecting elective courses to complete the 120 semester hours required for graduation.

Total Credits Needed for Degree: 120

B.A./B.S. Requirements

B.A. Requirements (6-12 hrs)

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements. (See Programs Directory.)

B.S. Requirements (6-8 hrs)

The Bachelor of Science degree requires an additional six to eight semester hours to be selected from courses in the following departments: Mathematics and statistics, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics, geology, physical science and from the physical science (PS) division of geography (e.g., GEOG 130). Photography classes, PHSC 410 and MATH 325 will not meet these requirements. A student is advised to meet the science and mathematics general education requirements during the freshman year. Biology is the recommended science, and Statistics 200 is recommended as part of the mathematics requirement.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a major in Psychology, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken with a PSYC prefix (i.e., a "D" in an individual course will still count, but a ā€œDā€ in several courses may not).

Minor Requirements

Psychology Minor (18 semester hours)

The psychology minor requires 18 semester hours of psychology, including:

Prerequisite Survey (3 hrs)

PSYC 121. Introductory Psychology.

Core Courses (pick one from each area) (6 hrs)

Area I: Social Sciences (SS)
PSYC 317. Child Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 343. Social Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 361. Psychology of Personality. (3 hrs)
PSYC 439. Abnormal Psychology. (3 hrs)

Area II: Natural Sciences (NS)
PSYC 320. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 333. Principles of Learning. (3 hrs)
PSYC 377. Introduction to Sensation and Perception. (3 hrs)
PSYC 378. Brain and Behavior. (3)

Electives: Any 3 additional courses in Psychology  (6 hrs)

Total Minimum Number of Credits Needed for Minor: 18 hrs