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(Archive) Psychology (PSYBS)

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Psychology (PSYBS) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR LYNN S. LIBEN, in charge

This major is designed for students who want to learn about behavior, normal and abnormal, how it is studied, and its relation to applied areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research with members of the faculty and/or take a practicum in an applied setting. Graduates are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, or laboratories. Others go on to professional school, e.g., medical school, law school, or to continue their training in psychology working toward a master's or a doctoral degree. Majors may elect either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program.

The B.S. degree program requires more course work in the sciences than the B.A. program, and students may select courses from one of four areas--mathematics/computer science, statistics, business, or biology--which may be taken instead of a foreign language.

PSYCHOLOGY MINOR: Students must take PSY 002 GS(3), 201W(4), and select additional courses (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) in PSY for a total of 18 credits.

For the B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 127 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(3-9 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 17 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 71-74 credits[1]
(This includes 3-9 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses and 0-6 credits of GQ courses.)

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

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202A GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PSY 201W(4) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (28 credits)
PSY 015(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)

Select 24 credits from groups a. through h. You must take at least 3 credits from each of four different groups. At least 15 of the 24 credits must be 300- 400-level courses.
--a. Abnormal/Clinical/Personality: PSY 238 GS(3), 243 GS(3), 412(3), 436(3), 437(3), 438(3), 474(3), 482(3), 488(3), 489(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--b. Biological/Comparative/Perception/Physiological/Sensation: PSY 202 GS(3), 203(3), 402(3), 405(3), 407(3), 408(3), 456(3), 483(3), 484(3), 485(3), 487(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--c. Cognitive/Learning/Psycholinguistics: PSY 204 GS(3), 221 GS(3), 404(3), 420(3), 421(3), 422(3), 430(3), 444(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--d. Developmental: PSY 213 GS(3), 423(3), 424(3), 425(3), 426(3), 445(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--e. Industrial/Engineering: PSY 231 GS(3), 432(3), 441(3), 451(3), 461(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--f. History/Philosophy/Religion/Diversity: PSY 170 GS;DF(3), 236 GS(3), 237 GS(3), 410(3), 411(3), 414(3), 479(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--g. Methods/Quantitative: PSY 301A-F(3 each), 401(3), 415(3), 419(3), 449(3), 450(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--h. Social: PSY 217 GS(3), 417(3), 470(3), 471 DF(3), 475(3), 476(3), 477(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION (30-33 credits)

BIOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE OPTION: 30-credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from groups a through d, including at least 3 credits from each of three different groups
--a. Genetics: ANTH 460(3), 473(3), 473W(3); BIOL 033 GN(3) or 222(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--b. Biological Anthropology: ANTH 021 GN(3), 401(3), 406W(3), 471(3), BB H 410(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--c. Biobehavioral Implications: ANTH 464(3); BB H 101 GHS(3) or any higher-numbered BB H course, except BB H 310W(3); HD FS 417(3), 468(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--d. Biology and Chemistry: BIOL 141 GN(3), 341 GN(3), 409(3), 421(4), 427(3), 472(3); CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), 036(2), 038(4), 039(3) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 3 credits in arts/humanities from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES OPTION: 30-33 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-18 credits)
PSY 203(3) (also counts in category b of Common Requirements for the Major) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits each from groups a through e:
--a. Genetics: BIOL 033 GN(3) or 222(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--b. Physiology: BIOL 141 GN(3) or 472(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--c. Organic Chemistry: CHEM 034(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--d. Cell Biology: BIOL 469(3), MICRB 106 GN(3), 201(3), 251(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--e. Other Topics: BIOL 341 GN(3), 409(3), BB H 470(3) (Sem: 3-6)

NOTE: Students planning to apply to medical school should select this option and choose courses to meet the following minimal requirements for most medical schools: BIOL 110 GN(4) and 240W GN(4); CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), 036(2), 038(4), and 039(3); PHYS 201 GN(4) and 202 GN(4), or PHYS 215 GN(4) and 265 GN(4).

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 3 credits in arts/humanities from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

BUSINESS OPTION: 30 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from groups a through e, including at least 3 credits from each of four different groups
--a. ECON 002 GS(3), 004 GS(3), FIN 100(3); FIN 301(3) or any higher-numbered FIN course; ECON 302 GS(3) or higher-numbered economics course (S3m: 3-6)
--b. MGMT 100(3) or any course numbered 301(3) or higher (Sem: 3-6)
--c. MKTG 221(3) or any course numbered 301(3) or higher (Sem: 3-6)
--d. B LAW 243(3), B LOG 301(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--e. ACCTG 200(3), 204(3) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 credits in arts/humanities from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

QUANTITATIVE SKILLS OPTION: 30 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select a total of 15 credits from groups a through d:
--a. Select at least 3 credits from MATH 018 GQ(3), 110 GQ(4), 111 GQ(2), 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
--b. (Optional) Select 3 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), 201C GQ(3), 201F GQ(3), 203 GQ(4), CSE 103 GQ(4) (NOTE: Students may take only one of the courses in group (b) for credit.) (Sem: 3-6)
--c. 1. Select 3 credits from STAT 318(3), 414(3), 418(3) (NOTE: Students may take only one of the courses in (c 1.) for credit.) (Sem: 5-6)
2. Select at least 3 credits from STAT 319(3), 415(3), 416(3), 460(3), 462(3), 464(3) (Sem: 5-6)
--d. CSE 120(3), L A 483(3), PSY 449(3), 450(3) (Sem: 3-6)

NOTE: Students may fulfill the requirements of the Quantitative Skills Option by completing a minor in either Statistics or Computer Science and Engineering, in lieu of the course requirements listed above. Students choosing this option are encouraged to consult with an advisor designated by the Department of Psychology to determine the suitability of particular courses given their quantitative backgrounds. Other courses with advanced quantitative content may be substituted in category d with advisor's approval.

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 credits in arts/humanities from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 9 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

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


The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

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: Summer Session 1998

Blue sheet Item #: 26-01-085

Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)

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