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Psychology B.A. Degree Requirements (scroll down for B.S. requirements)

These new requirements went into effect in Fall 2003.

Total Required Credit Hours in Psychology: 31

Acceptance Criteria:
Minimum GPA of 2.0 Overall
Minimum Combined GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses before full acceptance
Students must complete PSY101 Introductory Psychology, MTH115 Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent, PSY207 Psychological Statistics, and PSY250 Scientific Inquiry with a combined GPA of 2.5 before full acceptance into the major.

Students must earn a combined GPA of 2.5 or better in the four prerequisite courses before full acceptance into the major. 400-Level courses are open only to psychology majors. Students are advised to apply early for the major in 283 Park Hall, preferably while enrolled in PSY250. Acceptance decisions can then be made contingent upon completion of PSY250, and registration in upper-level courses will be facilitated.

Students who have completed 60 credits but have not completed the prerequisite courses or achieved the minimum combined GPA of 2.5 may be provisionally accepted (283 Park Hall). Students who are accepted provisionally must achieve a minimum combined GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses to be fully accepted into the department. Students who do not have a minimum combined GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisites must repeat appropriate coursework. The second grade in the repeated course will be honored by the department for the purpose of admission to the psychology major.

Department Policies:

Required Averages
Majors may not graduate with a GPA in psychology courses below 2.0. Majors who fall below a 2.0 GPA in psychology during any semester will be placed automatically on probation. Majors who remain below a 2.0 GPA in consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the department.

Joint Major
The joint major is possible only with other majors that offer the B.A. degree. Students must complete PSY101, MTH115 or equivalent, PSY207, and PSY250, and FIVE additional courses. At least FOUR courses must be at 300-level. One from each of the four substantive areas listed. In addition ONE course must be at 400-level. The joint major requires 25 credits in psychology.

Psychology Electives (21 cr)
SEVEN additional courses are required. FOUR courses must be at 300-level (one from each of the four substantive areas listed). Additional THREE courses must be at 400-level. PSY400 Honors Class and PSY499 Independent Study may be taken for degree credit, but only 3 credits from this group will count toward major requirements. PSY496 Supervised Applied Experience, PSY497 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching, and PSY498 Independent Work do not count toward the course requirements for majors.

Note: PSY 300-Level Courses Taken PRIOR to FALL 2003 Will Be Processed as PSY 400-Level Courses

Summary:
Total Required Credit Hours in Psychology: 31
Total Required Credit Hours outside Psychology: 4*
*MTH115 Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent

PSYCHOLOGY B.A. PROGRAM

Prerequisite Courses for Full Status In Major:
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry
*One General Education Math Course or equivalent level (not CS111)
Minimum Combined GPA of 2.5 in Prerequisite Courses Before Full Acceptance

Other Required Courses for Graduation:

FOUR 300-Level Courses Required.
ONE From Each of the Four Substantive Areas Listed Below:

Substantive Area I – Clinical
ONE Course Required From This Area

PSY 321 Psychology of Personality (Previous PSY 221)
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology (Previous PSY 222)
PSY 323 Community Psychology (Previous PSY 231)
PSY 324 Clinical Psychology (Previous PSY 232)
PSY 325 Health Psychology (Previous PSY 225)

Substantive Area II – Social
ONE Course Required From This Area

PSY 331 Social Psychology (Previous PSY 224)
PSY 332 Social Conflict and Its Resolution (Previous PSY 212)
PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations (Previous PSY 229)
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology (Previous PSY 223)

Substantive Area III – Cognitive
ONE Course Required From This Area

PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology (Previous PSY 247)
PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind (Previous PSY 248)
PSY 343 Sensory Process and Perception (Previous PSY 246)

Substantive Area IV – Behavioral Neuroscience
ONE Course Required From This Area

PSY 351 Biopsychology (Previous PSY 230)

IN ADDITION: THREE/ONE (depending on a single major, joint major or double major) courses at the 400-Level.

NOTE: PSY 300-Level Classes Taken PRIOR to FALL 2003 Will Be Processed as PSY 400-Level Courses.


Psychology B.S. Degree Requirements

These new requirements went into effect in Fall 2003.

Total Required Credit Hours in Psychology: 37

Acceptance Criteria:
Minimum GPA of 2.0 Overall.
Minimum Combined GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses before full acceptance.
Students must complete PSY101 Introductory Psychology, PSY207 Psychological Statistics, PSY250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology, and a one two-course mathematics sequence (8 credits) with a combined GPA of 2.5 in the five courses before full acceptance. The two-course mathematics sequence may be fulfilled with, for example, MTH121-122 (Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I, II) or MTH141-142 (College Calculus I, II). Total of 10 psychology credits and 8 mathematics credits.

Students must earn a combined GPA of 2.5 or better in the five prerequisite courses before full acceptance. 400-level courses are open only to psychology majors. Students are advised to apply early for the major in 283 Park Hall, preferably while enrolled in PSY250. Acceptance decisions can then be made contingent upon completion of PSY250, and registration in upper-level courses will be facilitated.

Department Policies:

Required Averages
Majors may not graduate with a GPA in psychology courses below 2.0. Majors who fall below a 2.0 GPA in psychology during any semester will be placed automatically on probation. Majors who remain below a 2.0 GPA in consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the department.

Psychology Elective Courses: 27 credits
NINE additional courses are required. FOUR courses must be at 300-level (one from each of the substantive areas listed in the B.A. Program). Including PSY450 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology or another laboratory-based 400-level course in psychology (from a department-approved list) is required. At least FOUR additional 400-level or graduate courses (500-level and above, taken as part of the undergraduate program) are required. TWO out of these four 400-level courses must be from the list of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience courses as listed in the B.S. Program.

PSY400 Honors Class and PSY499 Independent Study may be taken for degree credit, but only 3 credits from this group will count toward major requirements. PSY496 Supervised Applied Experience, PSY497 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching, and PSY498 Independent Work do not count toward the course requirements for majors.

Note: PSY 300-Level Courses Taken PRIOR to FALL 2003 Will Be Processed as PSY 400-Level courses.
Additional B.S. Requirements: 14 credits
In addition, the requirements for the B.S. in psychology include a year of chemistry (CHE101-102 General Chemistry or CHE105-106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications) (10 credits) and BIO200 Evolutionary Biology (4 credits).

Summary:
Total Required Credit Hours in Psychology: 37
Total Required Credit Hours outside Psychology: 22

PSYCHOLOGY B.S. PROGRAM

Prerquisite Courses for Full Status in Major:
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry
*One General Education Math Course (can be satisfied by a year of calculus)
Minimum Combined GPA of 2.5 in Prerequisite Courses Before Full Acceptance

Additional Courses for B.S. Program Only:
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
1 Year of Chemistry: CHE 101-102 or CHE 103-104 or CHE 105-106
MTH 121 and 122 Survey of Calculus 1 & 2 or MTH 141 and 142
PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods (Previous PSY 350)

Other Required Courses for Graduation:

FOUR 300-Level Courses Required
ONE from each of the four substantive areas listed after the B.A. Requirements.

ADDITIONAL: FOUR Courses, which must be at 400-Level or Graduate Level.
Excluding PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods. At least TWO of the four courses must be chosen from the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Area as listed below:

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Courses
TWO Courses Required From This Area

PSY 402 Psychopharmacology
PSY 416 Reasoning and Problem Solving
PSY 419 Biological Base of Memory
PSY 421 Systems and Theories of Psychology
PSY 426 Biological Bases of Mental Disorders (Previous PSY 318)
PSY 428 Language Development (Previous PSY 322)
PSY 429 Psychophysiology (Previous PSY 324)
PSY 434 Animal Behavior
PSY 435 Psychology of Reproduction
PSY 436 Neuropsychology
PSY 439 Biopsychology of Stress
PSY 445 Memory (Previous PSY 345)
PSY 446 Animal Cognition (Previous PSY 346)
PSY 447 Psychology of Music (Previous PSY 347)
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics (Previous PSY 348)
PSY 451 Drug Addiction (Previous PSY 351)
PSY 457 Cognitive Development (Previous PSY 357)
PSY 470-475 Senior Seminars (in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Areas)
PSY 485-490 Special Topics (in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Areas)


NOTE: PSY 300-Level Classes Taken PRIOR to FALL 2003 Will Be Processed as PSY 400-Level Courses.

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