Begin Date: Summer Session 2003
End Date: Spring Semester 2004
PROFESSOR MICHAEL A. BECKER, Program Coordinator, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Capital College
The Psychology major emphasizes the scientific study of human behavior in areas such as cognition, development, learning, physiology, personality, and social processes. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to be good consumers of scientific information. Experiential and applied courses allow students to develop their research and counseling skills.
The Psychology Program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal
government, and human service, applied behavior, human resources, and related
fields. The Psychology Program also provides the background for graduate education
at both the master's and the doctoral level.
The Psychology major offers two options. The option in Experimental Psychology is a traditional psychology program and provides a strong background for students who intend to pursue graduate study in any area of psychology. This option is strongly recommended for students who plan to undertake doctoral work. Students who want a traditional education in psychology but who do not plan on graduate study might also choose this option, in which case applied experience can be obtained by using elective credits to take internship and other applied courses. Assisting faculty members with their research is strongly encouraged for students who choose the Experimental Psychology option.
The option in Psychological Services provides training and experience in entry-level psychological services in order to facilitate the transition into the workforce following graduation. This option is recommended for students who do not intend to pursue doctoral work and who plan to work directly with people in the areas noted above. Students who choose the Psychological Services option can enhance their scientific and research expertise by using elective credits to take experimental psychology courses and by assisting faculty members with their research.
Both options are available to daytime students at the Harrisburg campus. Due to limited opportunities for evening internships, only the Experimental Psychology option is available to evening students at the Harrisburg campus. 'I'he Psychological Services option is available to students at the Schuylkill campus in a primarily daytime program.
For a B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 122 credits is 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.
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.)
(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: 15-21 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 68-74 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): 41 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)
BI SC 004 GN(3), ENGL 202A GWS(3), PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYC 350(4), PSYC 351W(4) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 3 credits 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: 27-33 credits
EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY OPTION: (27 credits)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (27 credits)
Select 12 credits from: PSYC 300W(4), PSYC 310 GI(3), PSYC 365 GI(3), PSYC 395(1-18), PSYC 400(3), PSYC 402(3), PSYC 403(3), PSYC 405(3), PSYC 406(3), PSYC 409(3), PSYC 412(3), PSYC 415(3), PSYC 421(3), PSYC 424(3), PSYC 425(3), PSYC 427(3), PSYC 444 DF(3), PSYC 482(3), PSYC 492(3), PSYC 494(1-12), PSYC 496(1-18), 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from: PSYC 402(3), PSYC 405(3), PSYC 415(3), PSYC 482(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from: PSYC 424(3), PSYC 425(3), PSYC 427(3) (Sem: 5-8)
PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES OPTION: 33 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
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 (18 credits)
(At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.)
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 300W(4), PSYC 310 GI(3), PSYC 365 GI(3), PSYC 403(3), PSYC 405(3), PSYC 406(3), PSYC 409(3), PSYC 421(3), PSYC 494(3), PSYC 497(3) (Sem: 3-8)
 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: Summer Session 2003
Blue Sheet Item #: 31-07-028
Review Date: 4/8/03