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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Psychology

Capital College (PSYC)
University College: Penn State Schuylkill

COBI MICHAEL, Program Coordinator, School of Behavioral Science and Education

The Psychology major emphasizes the scientific study of human behavior in areas such as cognition, development, learning, physiology, personality, and social processes. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad background in psychological theory and research and to develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to be good consumers of scientific information.

The Psychology program exposes students to a number of areas of psychology but allows flexibility in the specific courses that are taken in each sub-area. Students are also required to obtain applied experience by completing an internship or by assisting faculty with their research. Elective credits can be used for additional internship or research experience.

The Psychology program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal government and for entry-level psychological services positions in human service, applied behavior, human resources, and related fields. The Psychology program also provides a strong background for graduate education at both the master's and the doctoral level in counseling, social work, and many areas of psychology.

For a B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 122 credits is required.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Psychology major requires a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average and an average of C (2.00) or better in any courses already taken in the major.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education Course Requirements in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES :
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 9 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 74 credits
(This includes 6 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GN courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)[1]
ENGL 202A GWS(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 301W(4) (Sem: 4-5)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (46 credits)[1]
Select BI SC 004 GN(3) or BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
(At least 15 credits of the following courses must be at the 400 level.)
Select 4 credits from: (Sem: 3-4)
Category 1 (Statistics) PSYCH 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4)
Select 6 credits from two different developmental categories (3 credits each category): (Sem: 2-8)
Category 2a (Lifespan) PSYCH 212 GS(3)
Category 2b (Adult) PSYCH 416(3)
Category 2c (Child) PSYCH 410(3)
Category 2d (Adolescence) PSYCH 412(3)
Select 6 credits from two different individual difference categories (3 credits each category) (Sem: 2-8)
Category 3a (Social Psychology) PSYCH 221 GS(3) or PSYCH 420(3)
Category 3b (Personality Psychology) PSYCH 238 GS(3) or PSYCH 438(3)
Category 3c (Personal Adjustment) PSYCH 243 GS(3) or PSYCH 471(3)
Category 3d (Health Psychology) PSYCH 441(3)
Select 6 credits from two different clinical categories (3 credits each category) (Sem: 5-8)
Category 4a (Physical Disabilities) PSYCH 370 US(3)
Category 4b (Childhood Disorders) PSYCH 476(3)
Category 4c (Abnormal Psychology) PSYCH 270(3) or PSYCH 470(3)
Category 4d (Behavior Modification) PSYCH 473(3)
Category 4e (Developmental Disabilities) PSYCH 443
Select 6 credits from two different experimental categories (3 credits each category) (Sem: 5-8)
Category 5a (Physiological Psychology) PSYCH 260 or PSYCH 462(3)
Category 5b (Cognitive Psychology) PSYCH 256 GS or PSYCH 452 or PSYCH 456(3)
Category 5c (Learning Theory) PSYCH 261 GS(3) or PSYCH 461(3)
Select 3 credits from applications in psychology (Sem: 5-8)
Category 6 (Applied Experience) PSYCH 395(1-18) or PSYC 494(1-12)
Select 12 credits of any PSYCH courses not used above, with the exception that only one course selected from any Category 1 through 5 will count for the major (Sem: 2-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 6 credits from AAA S, AM ST, ARAB, ART, ART H, BRASS, C ART, C MUS, CAMS, CAS, CHNS, CMLIT, COMM, DANCE, ELISH, ENGL, ENLSH, FR, GER, GREEK, HCOMM, HEBR, HIST, HUM, I HUM, INART, IT, J ST, JAPNS, KOR, LATIN, LING, LIT, MEDVL, MUSIC, PHIL, PHILO, PHLOS, PORT, RL ST, RUS, SP ST, SPAN, STS, THEA, THTRE, WMNST 106 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST 101 GH;US(3), WMNST 102 GH;IL(3), WMNST 104 GH;US(3), WMNST 117 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST 130 IL(3), WMNST 137 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST 194 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST 205 US(3), WMNST 270(3), WMNST 407 US(3), WMNST 410(3), WMNST 419 US;IL(3), WMNST 421 IL(3), WMNST 430 US(3),WMNST 438(3), WMNST 455 US(3), WMNST 457 US;IL(3), WMNST 462 US(3), WMNST 466 US;IL(3), WMNST 489(3), WMNST 490 US;IL(3), WMNST 491(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 12 credits from AAA S, AFRAS, ANTH, BE SC (except BE SC 302), CRIMJ, ECON, HCM, HD FS, PL SC, PUBPL, R SOC, SCLSC, SO SC, SOC, WMNST 100 GS;US;IL(3), WMNST 103 US(3), WMNST 110 GS;US(3), WMNST 116 GS;US;IL(3), WMNST 136 US(3), WMNST 202 GS;IL(3), WMNST 250 US(3), WMNST 415W GI(3), WMNST 423 US(3), WMNST 424 US(3), WMNST 428 US;IL(3), WMNST 432 US(3), WMNST 452(3), WMNST 453 US(3), WMNST 456(3), WMNST 464 US(3), WMNST 471 US(3), WMNST 476W(3) (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-01-020

Review Date: 8/30/05

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

Publications updated department head: 4/28/08 

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