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Applied Psychology (APSYC) - Archive

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2000
End Date: Summer Session 2003

Applied Psychology - Archive

Berks-Lehigh Valley College (APSYC): Penn State Berks, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Commonwealth College: Penn State New Kensington, Penn State McKeesport, Penn State Beaver (APSCC)


This major is designed for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a concentration in applied psychology. The program features both active and collaborative classroom experiences in addition to intensive internship experiences, and is most appropriate for students who wish to develop a set of applied scientific and human relations skills that will prepare them for entry-level employment in a wide range of government and private human service organizations and agencies, and in business and industry. Because of the flexible and broad nature of the degree, students might also use this major as a preparation for graduate or professional school in business, human services, law, or the social sciences.

This program differs most notably from traditional majors in psychology in three ways: 1) it is intended for students who may not be planning to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology that would prepare them for a career as a psychologist; 2) it requires that students learn and apply skills during 12 credits of internship experiences; 3) it requires that students demonstrate skill proficiency in a comprehensive assessment in order to graduate.

For the B.A. degree in Applied Psychology, a minimum of 127 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)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

ELECTIVES: 8-24 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMETNS: 12-24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 50 credits[1]
(This includes 0-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)
PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PSY 213 GS(3), PSY 296(1) (Sem: 1-4)
PSY 201W(4) (Sem: 3-6)
PSY 450/EDPSY 450(3), PSY 495A(3), PSY 495B(3), PSY 495C(3), PSY 495D(3) (Sem: 5-8)
PSY 496(2) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19 credits)
SOC 001 GS(3) or SOC 005 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PSY 015(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 12 credits from the following groups, including a minimum of 3 credits from each category (a total of 9 credits must be at the 400 level):

  1. Abnormal, Clinical, Personality:
    PSY 238(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    PSY 412(3), PSY 471 GI(3), PSY 482(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. Developmental, Cognitive, Learning:
    ED PSY 014(3), PSY 221 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    PSY 445/HD FS 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  3. Industrial/Organizational, Social, Interpersonal:
    PSY 217 GS(3), PSY 231(3) (Sem: 3-8)
    PSY 475(3), PSY 477(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  4. Health, Wellness, Adjustment:
    PSY 243 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    PSY 437(3), PSY 487(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits in consultation with an adviser. (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: Fall Semester 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-05-005

Review Date: 8/27/02

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