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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Psychology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (PSHBS)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

Psychology is both a scientific discipline and a profession. Its overall focus is the study of behavior, cognition, and affect, and their associated physiological processes. Research is vital to the discipline of psychology. Investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data in order to understand the principles and theories of human thought and behavior. As a profession, psychology involves the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution and prevention of individual and social problems. Bachelor-level graduates in psychology are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, and laboratories. However, many students continue their training, working towards a master’s or a doctoral degree in psychology, while still others go on to school in other disciplines, e.g., medical school or law school.

Students may select either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires more credits in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and proficiency in a second language. The Bachelor of Science program, in turn, offers two options. The General option is intended for students with a strong interest in science and requires more course work in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences than does the Bachelor of Arts program. The Business option is designed for students who wish to combine their interests in business and psychology.

For the B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 124 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(4-8 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: 15-19 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 68 credits
(This includes 4-8 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 47 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
CMPSC 100(1), PSYCH 100 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 301W(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
PSYCH 406W(4) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (20 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PSYCH 200(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 12 credits, including one course from at least four of the following five categories:
1. Foundations of Behavior: PSYCH 260(3), PSYCH 261 GS(3), PSYCH 439(3), PSYCH 461(3), PSYCH 462 (3) (Sem: 3-8)
2. Social/Developmental: PSYCH 212 GS(3), PSYCH 221 GS(3), PSYCH 412(3), PSYCH 413(3), PSYCH 414(3), PSYCH 416(3), PSYCH 420(3) (Sem: 3-8)
3. Cognitive/Experimental: PSYCH 253 GS(3), PSYCH 256 GS(3), PSYCH 413(3), PSYCH 452(3), PSYCH 453(3), PSYCH 456(3) (Sem: 3-8)
4. Clinical/Personality: PSYCH 140(3), PSYCH 238 GS(3), PSYCH 414(3), PSYCH 470(3), PSYCH 471(3), PSYCH 481(3) (Sem: 3-8)
5. Diversity: PSYCH 231 GS;US(3), PSYCH 232 GS;US;IL(3), PSYCH 479(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Note: PSYCH 414 may be counted in either Social/Developmental or Clinical/Personality, but not both.

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 6 additional credits of psychology courses at any level as interest dictates (3 credits of either 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 (Sem: 3-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21 credits

BUSINESS OPTION: (21 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 21 credits
Select 21 credits in business courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY OPTION: (21 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 21 credits in science courses in consultation with adviser (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: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-07-018

Review Date: 03/11/05

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

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