BA in Psychology Curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to provide undergraduates with the best possible education in psychology. We seek to provide students with the scientific tools necessary for success in this field as well as an introduction to the various content areas of psychology and supervised practical experience for those wishing to attain the psychology degree.
The student learning outcomes for psychology are established by the American Psychological Association, and the department aligns with these learning outcomes:
- Knowledge in Psychology: Students will be able to identify basic psychological concepts.
- Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students will be able to critically evaluate and apply basic psychological concepts by means of scientific reasoning acquired from training in statistics and research methods.
- Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: Students will be able to apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
- Communication: Students will be able to interact effectively with others.
- Professional Development: Students should be involved in research and outreach opportunities as preparation for pursuing post-baccalaureate education to become future scientists and/or practitioners in a psychological discipline, and to develop necessary skills to be successful in employment after earning their degree.
This curriculum is designed to take a minimum of 4-5 semesters from the point a student declares and begins working on the psychology degree.
CORE COURSES: 10 CREDIT HOURS
- Core Course 1: PSYC 2010/2013/PSYC 2017: Intro to Psychology OR Honors Intro to Psychology (3)
- Core Course 2: PSYC 2130/2133: Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
- replaced STAT 2010: Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences (4) as of Fall 2017.
- Core Course 3: PSYC 2140/2143: Research Methods in Psychology (3)
- Core Course 4: PSYC 2020: Orientation to Psychology Major (1)- This course should be taken in the 1st semester that the student declares their major in Psychology (if student has completed PSYC 2010).
Note: PSYC 2130/3 and PSYC 2140/3 cannot be taken in the same semester. Core Course 1 is a prerequisite for Core Course 2 and Core Courses 1 and 2 are per-requisites for Core Course 3.
Transfer students: STAT 2510 might be substituted for PSYC 2130/3 with department approval.
Upon completion of Core Courses 1, 2 and 3, students can enroll in upper-level psychology major courses listed below.
MAJOR COURSES: 27 CREDIT HOURS
Take 2 Group A courses, 2 Group B courses, 2 Group C courses, plus 3 additional psychology courses
The courses listed below are individualized courses directed and sponsored by individual faculty members and require department approval.
- PSYC 3910: Supervised Research Experience
- PSYC 3940: Experiential Learning
- PSYC 4910: Human Service Practicum
- PSYC 4930: Directed Studies in Psychology
- PSYC 4967: Honors Special Problems
- PSYC 4997: Honors Research and Thesis
All students must earn a grade of 'C' or better for each psychology course used to fulfill major requirements. Psychology majors who do not earn a grade of "C" or better in any Psychology course, must repeat the course and earn a "C" for the course to be counted towards their degree.