Begin Date: Fall Semester 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
Psychology is both a scientific discipline and a profession. Its overall focus is the study of behavior, cognition, and affect, and their associated physiological processes. Research is vital to the discipline of psychology. Investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data in order to understand the principles and theories of human thought and behavior. As a profession, psychology involves the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution and prevention of individual and social problems. Bachelor-level graduates in psychology are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, and laboratories. However, many students continue their training, working towards a master's or a doctoral degree in psychology, while still others go on to school in other disciplines, e.g., medical school or law school.
Students may select either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires more credits in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and proficiency in a second language. The Bachelor of Science program, in turn, offers two options. The General option is intended for students with a strong interest in science and requires more course work in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences than does the Bachelor of Arts program. The Business option is designed for students who wish to combine their interests in business and psychology.
For the B.A. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 124 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.
PSYCHOLOGY MINOR: Students must take PSY 002 GS and select additional courses (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) in PSY and PSYCH for a total of 18 credits.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(0-4 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 9-13 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45 credits
(This includes 0-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (16 credits)
PSY 015(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 12 credits, including one course from at least four of the following five categories:
1. Foundations of Behavior: PSY 203, 204 GS, PSYCH 440, 454, 466 (Sem: 1-6)
2. Social/Developmental: PSY 213 GS, 217 GS, PSYCH 427, 433, 434, 446, 455 (Sem: 1-6)
3. Cognitive/Experimental: PSY 202, 220, 221, PSYCH 428, 429, 433, 442 (Sem: 1-6)
4. Clinical/Personality: PSY 238 GS, PSYCH 130, 434, 435, 486, 487 (Sem: 1-6)
5. Diversity: PSY 170 GS DF GS, 237, PSYCH 120 GS DF, 472 DF (Sem 3-8)
Note: PSYCH 434 may be counted in either Social/Developmental or Clinical/Personality, but not both.
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 additional credits of psychology courses at any level as interest dictates (3 credits of either PSYCH 495 or 496 may be applied to this requirement) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits of 400-level psychology courses from any combination of categories in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1998
Blue sheet Item #: 27-01-061A
Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)