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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.

The Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program is available for strong undergraduate students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Psychology undergraduates may apply for admission to the IUG program in Applied Research Psychology by no later than February 15th the spring of their junior year after completing a minimum of 45 credits, if they meet the following admission requirements:

1. Grade point average of 3.50 or above cumulative.
2. Completion of undergraduate statistics and an undergraduate research course with an A- or above in both.
3. Completing 18 credits or more in psychology with a psychology GPA of 3.67 or above.
4. Typical successful candidates will obtain GRE scores of 146 or above on both the verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical score of 3.5 or above.
5. Complete interviews with graduate faculty member.
6. Provide three professional letters of recommendation with at least two from academic references.

For a B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 122 credits is required. Students admitted to the IUG program may apply 11 credits to their graduate and undergraduate degrees in psychology.

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(3) or PSYCH 462(3)
Category 5b (Cognitive Psychology) PSYCH 256 GS(3) 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)
Students in the IUG program will take 11 credits of graduate work in their senior year, courses PSYC 500(3), PSYC 520(4) and PSYC 521(4). These 11 credits will apply to the graduate program and the undergraduate PSYCH elective undergraduate requirement.

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, S T S, 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 423 US(3), WMNST 424 US(3), WMNST 426Y US:IL(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)

Integrated B.S/M.A. in Applied Psychological Research
The Applied Research Psychology Program offers an integrated B.S./M.A. (IUG) program designed to allow academically superior psychology undergraduates to obtain both the bachelor’s and M.A. degree within five years of study. The first three years of undergraduate coursework are the same as other psychology undergraduates, but the interested students apply for the IUG program in the spring of their junior year of study. If admitted to the IUG, the fourth year of study includes the graduate courses Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling (PSYC 500), Research Methods (PSYC 521) in the fall and Statistics (PSYC 521) in the spring. The IUG students then complete the remaining master’s degree requirements in the fifth year, including the master’s paper (PSYC 530). The integrated B.S./M.A. degree in Psychology meets the needs of the most academically talented students in the Psychology undergraduate major. A large proportion of the most academically talented students apply or wish to apply to graduate schools during their final year of undergraduate studies or soon after graduation. These students can benefit from the integrated degree because it provides a more challenging curriculum that allows them to accelerate their program of study to possibly receive an undergraduate and graduate degree within 5 years of study. Additionally, the integrated program can provide these students with a more cohesive program of study with opportunities to engage in more comprehensive research and clinical experience leading to both the Bachelor and Master’s degree.

For the IUG in Applied Psychological Research, a minimum of 122 credits are required for the bachelor’s degree and 35 credits for the M.A. degree. The graduate credits for PSYC 500, 521 and 520 (11 total credits) can apply to both the M.A. degree and as psychology electives for the bachelor’s degree.

The objectives of the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate Program in Applied Research Psychology include:

  1. To offer highly qualified students the opportunity to earn two degrees in five years. In particular, IUG students may count up to 12 credits towards both their B.S. and M.A. degree requirements.
  2. To permit coherent planning of studies through the graduate degree, with advising informed by not only the requirements of the baccalaureate program, but also the longer-range goals of the graduate degree.
  3. To introduce undergraduate students to the rigors of both graduate study and graduate faculty.
  4. To make the resources of the Graduate School available to IUG students.
  5. To allow students with IUG status to benefit from their association with graduate students whose level of work and whose intensity of interest and commitment parallel their own.
  6. To allow students to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs, which enables them to achieve greater depth and comprehension than if the degrees are pursued sequentially.

Admission Requirements
To initiate the application process, students must submit an Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree in Applied Research Psychology Application Form, a transcript, and three letters of recommendation, with at least two from faculty members. A graduate faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.
Psychology undergraduates may apply for admission by no later than February 15th the spring of their junior year after completing a minimum of 45 credits, if they meet the following admission requirements:
1. Grade point average of 3.50 or above cumulative.
2. Completion of undergraduate statistics and an undergraduate research course with an A- (3.67) or above in both.
3. Completing 18 credits or more in psychology with a psychology GPA of 3.67 or above.
4. GRE scores are required for the IUG program. Typical successful candidates will obtain GRE scores of 146 or above on both the verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical score of 3.5 or above.
5. Complete interviews with graduate faculty members.
6. Provide three professional letters of recommendation with at least two from academic references.
These admission standards are high, as it thought the program will only be appropriate for students with high levels of academic skills. The program area does have discretion in admitting psychology majors into the integrated program, and extenuating circumstances can always be considered in terms of possible admission. Individuals who are unable to be admitted in to the integrated program of study can apply for regular admission when they complete their program of study. These materials must be completed by the spring of the junior year to allow admission into the IUG program the following fall.

Sample Sequence of Graduate Coursework in Addition to Undergraduate Courses

Year

Fall (Senior UG)

Spring (Senior UG)

Summer

Year 1 (Senior Undergraduate Year)
(11-14 graduate credits)

PSYC 520 Research Methods (4)*
PSYC 500 Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling (3)*

PSYC 521 Statistics (4)*

PSYC 594 (3) if elected

Year 2
(21-24 graduate credits)

PSYC 501 Cultural Competency in Psychology  (3)
PSYC 594 Research (3)
Elective (3)

PSYC 524 Biological Bases (3)
PSYC 502 Applied Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 530 Master's Paper (3)

Research or Elective (3)
PSYC 530 Master's Paper (1-3)

* Applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree for a total of 11 credits.

If for any reason a student admitted to the B.S./M.A. program is unable to complete the requirement for the Master of Arts degree program in American Studies, the student will be permitted to receive the Bachelor’s degree assuming all degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

As stated in the Graduate Bulletin, a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for work done at the University is required for graduation and to maintain good academic standing. See http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/degree_requirements.cfm?section=masters

[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: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-04-042

Review Date: 01/13/2015

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

Publications updated department head: 4/28/08 

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