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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Applied Psychology

Berks College (APSYC)

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 this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(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 REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

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

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)
PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PSYCH 212 GS(3), PSYCH 296(1) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 301W(4) (Sem: 3-6)
PSYCH 404/EDPSY 450(3), PSYCH 495(12) (Sem: 5-8)
PSYCH 496(2) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16 credits)
PSYCH 200 GQ(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:
    PSYCH 238 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    PSYCH 470(3), PSYCH 479 US(3), PSYCH 481(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. Developmental, Cognitive, Learning:
    ED PSY 014(3), PSYCH 256 GS(3), PSYCH 261 GS(3), PSYCH 412(3), PSYCH 415(3), PSYCH 456(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    PSYCH 416/HD FS 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  3. Industrial/Organizational, Social, Interpersonal:
    PSYCH 221 GS(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3), PSYCH 420(3) (Sem: 3-8)
    PSYCH 423(3), PSYCH 424(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  4. Health, Wellness, Adjustment:
    PSYCH 243 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    PSYCH 441(3), PSYCH 471(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 3 credits of 200-level psychology in consultation with an adviser (Sem: 1-2)
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 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-04-017

Review Date: 1/14/03

UCA Revision #1: 8/14/06

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