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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Psychology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (PSHBA)

The Psychology program at Penn State Behrend provides students a strong foundation in the application of psychological knowledge, skills and techniques for the solution and prevention of individual and social problems. A spectrum of courses (bio-behavioral, clinical, cognitive-experimental, developmental, educational, human factors, industrial/organizational, personality, and social) is united by a strong focus on the scientific method. All students are afforded the opportunity to participate in internships and research assistantships throughout their training. Bachelor-level graduates in psychology are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, businesses, industries, and laboratories. Those not joining the workforce following graduation most often continue their training, working towards a master's or doctoral degree in psychology; others go on to other disciplines, e.g., medical or law school. Courses within this degree can also be used to develop a specialty areas such as criminal justice, sociology or international studies.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires nine additional credits and proficiency in a second language. The Bachelor of Arts degree helps to prepare students for careers in education-related settings, human services, clinical settings, and other related fields.

For the B.A. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 120 credits is required. Each student must earn a grade of C or better for prescribed and additional courses in the major and for each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

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, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 8-27 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: 43 credits
(This includes 0-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)[1]
PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 301W(4)(Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 406W(4) (Sem: 5-8)
PSYCH 489(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19 credits)[1]
PSYCH 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits in each of the five content categories below:
1. Biological Bases of Behavior - PSYCH 253 GS(3), PSYCH 260(3), PSYCH 261 GS(3), PSYCH 269(3), PSYCH 425(3), PSYCH 439(3), PSYCH 441(3), PSYCH 450(3), PSYCH 460(3), PSYCH 461(3), PSYCH 462 (3), PSYCH 464(3), PSYCH 475(3), PSYCH 478(3) (Sem: 1-8)
2. Social/Developmental - PSYCH 212 GS(3), PSYCH 221 GS(3), PSYCH 412(3), PSYCH 413(3), PSYCH 414(3), PSYCH 415(3), PSYCH 416(3), PSYCH 420(3), PSYCH 421(3), PSYCH 423(3), PSYCH 424(3) (Sem: 1-8)
3. Cognitive/Learning - PSYCH 253 GS(3), PSYCH 256 GS(3), PSYCH 261 GS(3), PSYCH 268(3), PSYCH 413(3), PSYCH 426(3), PSYCH 427(3), PSYCH 439(3), PSYCH 452(3), PSYCH 456(3), PSYCH 461(3) (Sem: 1-8)
4. Clinical/Applied - EDPSY 014(3), HD FS 311(3), HD FS 315(3), PSYCH 238 GS(3), PSYCH 243 GS(3), PSYCH 244 GS(3), PSYCH 270(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3), PSYCH 370(3), PSYCH 404(3), PSYCH 405(3), PSYCH 408(3), PSYCH 414(3), PSYCH 419(3), PSYCH 438(3), PSYCH 443(3), PSYCH 444(3), PSYCH 445(3), PSYCH 452, PSYCH 456(3), PSYCH 459(3), PSYCH 470(3), PSYCH 471(3), PSYCH 473(3), PSYCH 474(3), PSYCH 476(3), PSYCH 477(3), PSYCH 481(3), PSYCH 482(3), PSYCH 484(3), PSYCH 485(3) (Sem: 1-8)
5. Diversity - PSYCH 230 GS(3), PSYCH 231 GS;US;IL(3), PSYCH 232 GS;US;IL(3), PSYCH 422(3), PSYCH 432(3), PSYCH 479/WMNST 471(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Note: PSYCH 414 may be counted in either Social/Developmental or Clinical/Personality, but not both.

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits of a structured practicum, internship or an approved research experience (PSYCH 294, PSYCH 296, PSYCH 494, PSYCH 495 or PSYCH 496 may be applied to this requirement) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits of 400-level psychology courses from any combination of categories in consultation with adviser (except 494, 495, 496) (Sem: 5-8)

[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 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-02-016

Review Date: 10/7/2014

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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