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Psychology (PSYC) - Archive

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2001
End Date: Spring Semester 2002

Psychology (PSYC) - Archive

PROFESSOR MICHAEL A. BECKER, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

The Psychology major emphasizes the scientific study of psychology, including areas such as abnormal psychology, cognition, developmental psychology, learning theory, physiology, and social psychology. Knowledge of research methods and statistics are developed in the study of psychology.

Undergraduate Psychology students typically prepare for careers in human services fields, applied behavioral fields, or human resource management. The Psychology program is also designed to prepare students for graduate education. The psychology major offers two options for students to choose from. The option in Psychologyical Services is designed to provide experiences to facilitate the transition to the workforce for students planning to seek employment at entry level positions in careers such as human services, applied behavioral fields, or resource management. In this option applied and hands-on courses are required to foster development of clinical and counseling skills. The option in Experiemental Psychology is designed to prepare students for graduate education, particularly on the doctoral level. Assisting faculty members in researach is stronly encouraged in this option.

Both options are available for daytime students at the Harrisburg campus. Due to limited opportunities for evening internships, only the Experimental Psychology option is available for evening students at the Harrisburg campus. The Psychologyical Services option is available for students at the Schuylkill campus in a primarily daytime program.

For a B.S. degree in Psychology a minimum of 122 credits are required.

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.

Change of Assignment Recommendation:
Students should generally have completed most of their General Education requirements. A limited number of 001-200 level courses are offered at Penn State Harrisburg for students who need lower division courses.

Students should request a change-of-assignment to Penn State Harrisburg or to Penn State Schuylkill during their fourth semester, to be effective for the next semester of enrollment.

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

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

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 15-20 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 69-74 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credtis of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 76 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)[1]
BI SC 004 GN(3), ENGL 202A GWS(3), PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 3 credits[1] from any GQ mathematics numbered MATH 021 or higher, except for MATH 035 (Sem: 1- 4)
Select 3 credits from any GQ mathematics, computer science, or philosophy (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits of foreign language or courses from: AMSTD, C ART, C HIS, C MUS, ENLSH, HCOMM, HUM, LIT, THTRE, or PHILOS (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in social science: AFRAS, BESC, SCLSC, or SOCIO (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from CRIMJ or PUBPL (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 36-41 credits

EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY OPTION: 36 credits)[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
PSYC 300W(4), 450(4), 451W(4) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 9 credits from: PSYC 395(1-18), 400(3), 402(3), 403(3), 405(3), 406(3), 409(3), 410 DF(3), 412(3), 415(3), 421(3), 424(3), 425(3), 427(3), 444 DF(3), 465 DF(3), 482(3), 492(3), 494(1-12), 496(1-18), 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from: PSYC 402(3), 405(3), 415(3), 482(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from: PSYC 424(3), 425(3), 427(3) (Sem: 5-8)

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES OPTION: 41 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (19 credits)
PSY 201W(4) (Sem: 3-5)
BE SC 459(3) (Sem: 5-7)
PSYC 415(3) (Sem: 5-8)
BE SC 461(3), PSYC 395(6) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (22 credits)
At least 12 credits must be at the 400 level.
Select 4 credits of statistics courses from: PSY 015(4) or STAT 200(4) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits of individual difference courses from: PSY 213 GS(3); PSY 217 GS(3) or PSYC 402(3); PSY 238 GS(3) or PSYC 482(2) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 12 credits from: PSY 243(3), PSYC 400(3), 403(3), 405(3), 406(3), 409(3), 410 DF(3), 421(3), 465 DF(3),494(3), 497(3) (Sem: 3-8)

[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 2001

Blue Sheet #: 29-03-014

Review Date: 07/26/01

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