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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.

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 in areas such as criminal justice, sociology or international studies.

The Bachelor of Science degree offers three multidisciplinary options. The Science option is intended for students with a strong interest in science and requires more course work in the biological, physical, social, and mathematical sciences than does the Bachelor of Arts program. The Psychology in the Workplace option is designed for students who wish to combine their interests in business and psychology. The Human Factors and Design option combines perspectives within the fields of psychology and engineering in order to design products that maximize human functioning.

The Bachelor of Science degree helps to prepare students for future careers in clinical developmental, educational, human factors, industrial organization, and other related health fields.

For the B.S. 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
(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: 14-15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 64 credits
(This includes 3-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 46 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits) [1]
PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 301W(4) (Sem: 3-6)
PSYCH 406W(4) (Sem: 5-8)
PSYCH 489(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19 credits) [1]
PSYCH 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits in each of the following 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 (15 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 3 credits of quantification courses from the departmental list - Quantification (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)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits
(Option courses may not double count with major requirements)

HUMAN FACTORS AND DESIGN OPTION: (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)[1]
PSYCH 244 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)
PSYCH 444(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)[1]
PSYCH 253 GS(3) or PSYCH 256 GS(3) (Sem: 2-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits in psychology, engineering and business-related courses from the departmental list - Human Factors and Design Option and in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)

PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE OPTION: (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)[1]
PSYCH 281 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 15 credits
Select 15 credits in business-related courses from the departmental list - Psychology in the Workplace Option and in consultation with adviser (6 credits may be selected from PSYCH 282, PSYCH 484, or PSYCH 485) (Sem: 3-8)

SCIENCE OPTION: (18 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)[1]
PSYCH 253(3) or PSYCH 260A(3) or PSYCH 261(3) (Sem: 3-8)*

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in science-related courses from the departmental list - Science Option and in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8) *

* Six credits of PSYCH courses listed in the Additional Courses category for the Science Option that the student does not apply under Additional Courses for the Science Option may be taken as Supporting Courses counting toward the Science Option. However, these credits may not count in both the Science Option and towards the Additional Courses or Supporting Courses and Related Areas Common Requirements for the Major.

[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 #: 43-02-017

Review Date: 10/7/2014

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

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