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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Psychology

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (PSYBS)
World Campus

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

PROFESSOR MELVIN MARK, Head

This major is designed for students who want to learn about behavior, normal and abnormal, how it is studied, and its relation to applied areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research with members of the faculty and/or take a practicum in an applied setting. Graduates are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, or laboratories. Others go on to professional school, e.g., medical school, law school, or to continue their training in psychology working toward a master's or a doctoral degree. Majors may elect either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program.

The B.S. degree program requires more course work in the sciences than the B.A. program, and students may select courses from one of four areas--mathematics/computer science, statistics, business, or biology--which may be taken instead of a foreign language.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the PSYBS major, a student at any location must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed PSYCH 100 GS(3) with a grade of C or better; 3) completed STAT 200 GQ(4) or PSYCH 200 GQ(4), at least 3 credits of GQ courses (not including STAT 200), and at least 3 credits of GS courses (not including PSYCH 100) with a grade of C or better.

For the B.S. degree in Psychology, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(9 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: 10-13 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 74-77 credits[1]
(This includes 9 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses and 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 50 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 105(3) (Sem: 2-5)
ENGL 202A GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PSYCH 301W(4) (Sem: 3-6)
PSYCH 490(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (34 credits)
Select 6 credits of GQ courses (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 12 credits of 200-level PSY courses (not to include PSYCH 294, PSYCH 296, or PSYCH 297). At least 3 credits must be from each group a, b, and c:
a. PSYCH 253 GS(3), PSYCH 256 GS(3), PSYCH 260(3), PSYCH 261 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)
b. PSYCH 212 GS(3), PSYCH 221 GS(3), PSYCH 231 GS;US(3), PSYCH 238 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)
c. PSYCH 243 GS(3), PSYCH 269(3), PSYCH 270(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 12 credits of PSYCH courses at the 400 level (not including PSYCH 490, and including no more than 3 credits of PSYCH 493, PSYCH 494, PSYCH 495, or PSYCH 496) (Sem: 3-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION:
24-27 credits

LIFE SCIENCES OPTION: (24 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from groups a, b, c, and d, including at least 3 credits from each of three different groups:
--a. Genetics: ANTH 218 GN(3), ANTH 460(3), ANTH 473(3), ANTH 473W(3); BIOL 133 GN(3) or BIOL 222(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--b. Biological Anthropology: ANTH 021 GN(3), ANTH 022 GN(3), ANTH 040(3), ANTH 401(3), BB H 410(3), H P A 310(3), NUTR 251(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--c. Biobehavioral Implications: BB H 101 GHA(3) or any higher-numbered BB H course, except BB H 310(3); HD FS 417(3), HD FS 468(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--d. Biology and Chemistry: BIOL 110 GN(3), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 155 GN(3), BIOL 177 GN(3), BIOL 409(3), BIOL 421(4), BIOL 427(3), BIOL 472(3); CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

BUSINESS OPTION: (24 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from at least two different groups. Three (3) credits in any category can be replaced by internship (L A 495), but internship credits alone cannot be used to complete a category.
1.
a. ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ECON 014 GS(3), ECON 302 GS(3) or higher-numbered ECON course; PHIL 420(3), PL SC 412(3), PL SC 444(3), PL SC 481(3), PL SC 490(3) (Sem: 3-6)
b. FIN 100(3), FIN 301(3) or any higher-numbered FIN course (Sem: 3-6)
c. MKTG 221(3), MKTG 301(3) or any higher-numbered MKTG course (Sem: 3-6)
d. ACCTG 211(4) (Sem: 3-6)

2.
a. Management: H P A 101(3), H P A 301(3) or any higher-numbered H P A course, MGMT 100(3), MGMT 301(3) or any higher-numbered MGMT course (Sem: 3-6)
b. Law and ethics: B LAW 243(3), LER 460(3), PHIL 119 GH(3), PHIL 406(3), PHIL /S T S 407(3), PHIL 418(3), PHIL /S T S 432(3), SCM 301(3) (Sem: 3-6)
c. Labor relations: LER 100 GS(3), LER 400 IL(3), LER 401(3), LER 411(3), LER 414W(3), LER 437(3), LER 444(3), LER 465(3), LER 470(3) (Sem: 3-6)
d. Communication: CAS 352(3), CAS 450W(3), CAS 452(3), ENGL 419(3), LER 464(3) (Sem: 3-6)

3.
a. Global view: ANTH 451(3), ANTH 455(3), GEOG 424(3), GEOG 439(3), H P A 401(3), PL SC 487(3), PL SC 441(3) (Sem: 3-6)
b. Gender and race: AAA S/LER /PL SC 445Y(3), SOC 455(3), SOC /WMNST 456(3), CED/R SOC/WMNST 420(3), SOC/WMNST 456(3), LER/WMNST 472(3) (Sem: 3-6)
c. History: HIST 423 IL(3), HIST 425 IL(3), HIST/LER 458Y US(3) (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits in arts/humanities from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

NEUROSCIENCE OPTION: (24-27 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-18 credits)
PSYCH 260(3) (also counts in category a of COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 15 credits from groups a, b, c, d, and e, including at least 3 credits from each of four different groups:
--a. Genetics: BIOL 133 GN(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), or BIOL 222(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--b. Physiology: BIOL 141 GN(3) or BIOL 472(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--c. Organic Chemistry: CHEM 202(3), CHEM 210(3), or CHEM 212(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--d. Cell Biology: BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 469(3), MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 201(3), MICRB 251(3) (Sem: 3-6)
--e. Other Topics: BIOL 240W GN(4), BIOL 177 GN(3), BIOL 409(3), BB H 470(3) (Sem: 3-6)

NOTE: Students planning to apply to medical school should select this option and choose courses to meet the following minimal requirements for most medical schools: BIOL 110 GN(4) and BIOL 230W GN(4) or BIOL 240W GN(4); CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), and CHEM 213(2); PHYS 211 GN(4) and PHYS 212 GN(4), or PHYS 250 GN(4) and PHYS 251 GN(4).

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 credits in natural sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences from department list (Sem: 1-8)

QUANTITATIVE SKILLS OPTION: (24 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select a total of 15 credits from groups a, b, c, and d:
--a. Select at least 3 credits from MATH 018 GQ(3), MATH 110 GQ(4), MATH 111 GQ(2), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
--b. (Optional) Select 3 credits from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3), CMPSC 202 GQ(3), CMPSC 203 GQ(4) (NOTE: Students may take only one of the courses in category b for credit.) (Sem: 3-6)
--c.1. Select 3 credits from STAT 318(3), STAT 414(3), STAT 418(3) (NOTE: Students may take only one of the courses in category c.1. for credit.) (Sem: 5-6)
--c.2. Select at least 3 credits from STAT 319(3), STAT 415(3), STAT 416(3), STAT 460(3), STAT 462(3), STAT 464(3) (Sem: 5-6)
--d. CAS 483(3), CMPSC 122(3), PSYCH 404(3), PSYCH 405(3) (Sem: 3-6)

NOTE: Students may fulfill the requirements of the Quantitative Skills option by completing a minor in either Statistics or Computer Science and Engineering in lieu of the course requirements listed above. Students choosing this option are encouraged to consult with an adviser designated by the Department of Psychology to determine the suitability of particular courses given their quantitative backgrounds. Other courses with advanced quantitative content may be substituted in category d with adviser's approval.

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits in arts/humanities from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in natural sciences from department list (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 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-04-037

Review Date: 01/14/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/14/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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