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Psychology (PSCBS) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2003
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Psychology - ARCHIVE

Altoona College (PSCBS)

The Psychology major will combine the knowledge, skills, and values of psychology with a liberal arts foundation. Students should develop a knowledge base consisting of concepts, theory, empirical findings, and trends within psychology; understand and apply basic research methods in psychology; use critical thinking and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes; apply psychological principles to personal and social issues; and be able to understand the gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and class issues in psychological theory, research, and practice. Students should also develop information and computer competence, communication skills, and develop realistic ideas about how to implement their psychology education in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. The major may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree incorporates a broad exposure to the many facets of the field of psychology, in addition to the B.A. requirements. The B.S. degree provides the same exposure to the field of psychology and adds options in Science and Business to prepare students for more specific career directions. Students in both degree programs may also prepare for graduate school; research experience with faculty members is encouraged for such students. Admission to and retention in the Psychology major requires a 2.0 GPA and a minimum grade of 2.0 in all psychology courses.

For the B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-4 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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: 12-18 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 61-65 credits [1]
(This includes 0-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 41 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (7 credits)
PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSY 201W(4) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (34 credits)
(Must include 15 credits at the 400-level.)
PSY 015(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)

Select 18 credits--a minimum of 3 credits from each of the following six categories (may not double count PSY 411 or PSYCH 440 for category e. requirement):

  1. Learning and Cognition: PSY 204 GS(3), PSY 221 GS(3), PSY 404(3), PSY 430(3) (Sem: 2-8)
  2. Individual Differences, Personality, and Social Processes: PSY 217 GS(3), PSY 238 GS(3), PSY 243 GS(3), PSY 412(3), PSY 437(3) (Sem: 2-8)
  3. Biological Bases of Behavior and Mental Processes: PSY 202 GS(3), PSY 203(3), PSY 209(3), PSY 407(3), PSY 483(3) (Sem: 2-8)
  4. Developmental Changes in Behavior and Mental Processes Across the Life Span: PSY 213 GS(3), PSY 423(3), PSY 424(3), PSY 426(3), PSY 445(3)/HD FS 445(3) (Sem: 2-8)
  5. History of Psychology, Socio-cultural Contexts, and Diversity Issues: PSY 237 GS(3)/RL ST 237 GS(3), PSY 270 GS;US(3), PSY 411(3), PSY 414(3)/RL ST 414(3), PSYCH 440(3) (Sem: 2-8)
  6. Capstone Experience: PSY 411(3), PSY 493(3-6), PSY 494(3-18), PSY 495(6-15), PSY 496(3-18), PSYCH 440(3)(Sem: 7-8)
Select 8-12 credits of additional Psychology courses from any offered for a total of 30 credits of Psychology courses beyond PSY 002 and PSY 201W (Sem: 2-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24 credits

SCIENCE OPTION: (24 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from: ANTH 021 GN(3); BB H 101 GHA(3); BIOL 033 GN(3) or BIOL 222(3), BIOL 055 GN(3), BIOL 129(4), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 341 GN(3), BIOL 406(3), BIOL 421(4), BIOL 427(3), BIOL 472(3); CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1), CHEM 034(3) (Sem: 2-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES (9 credits)
Select 6 credits in natural sciences/quantification from department list (Sem: 2-8)
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 2-8)

BUSINESS OPTION: (24 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from: ACCTG 211(4); B LOG 301(3); ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3); FIN 301(3); FINSV 400(3); MGMT 301(3), MGMT 341(3); MKTG 220(3), MKTG 221(3) or MKTG 301(3), MKTG 327(3) (Sem: 2-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES (9 credits)
Select 6 credits in natural sciences/quantification from department list (MATH 022 or MATH 110 recommended) (Sem: 2-8)
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 2-8)

[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: Fall Semester 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-02-008

Review Date: 1/20/04

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