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2022-2023 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychological Sciences

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Program Description

The undergraduate program in Psychological Sciences is made up of a structured curriculum in which students develop a thorough understanding of concepts and principles that attempt to explain human behavior and mental processes. This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), which prepares students to (1) ) begin work as a non-professional in a variety of settings where a liberal arts background plus interpersonal skills are needed and 2) obtain entrance into graduate programs in any field of Psychology. All students must fulfill the General Education requirements and regularly meet with their advisors. After completing General Education courses, student will begin to more rigorously pursue the major requirements for Psychology.

Program Mission

The Department of Psychological Sciences provides a culture of learning within a liberal educational context.  We challenge undergraduates to apply a scientific approach to understanding the dynamic processes of human behavior and thinking in a global context. This is achieved through a variety of courses that emphasize (a) the interplay between biological, cognitive and social-level factors, (b) active engagement in experiential learning, oral and written communication, research and field-related experiences, and (c) the important role of diversity and cultural understanding. We develop solution-oriented graduates who can transition into professional studies or the workforce.

Discipline Goals

Goal 1: To instruct students in a general knowledge base in psychology

Goal 2: To engage students in scientific inquiry and critical thinking across the departmental curriculum

Goal 3: To inform students about their ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world

Goal 4: To advance students’ skills in communication

Goal 5: To contribute to students’ overall professional development

Student Learning Outcomes

The core curriculum outlined below includes  courses in which university-wide student learning outcomes are integrated within the goals and content of the program. Elements of several skills are included in these courses, but the University-wide student learning outcomes are specifically examined as follows:

Information Literacy: Identity, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibility to increase understanding (PSY 2340  , PSY 2316  ).

Written Communication:  Use of appropriate language, conventions, organization, supporting evidence, and content to effectively communicate in writing, for the purpose and audience (PSY 2340  and upper level psychology courses).

Critical Reading: Interacting with written language to construct and reflect on meaning while evaluating and questioning in relation to contextual information (ALL Foundation and Elective Psychology Courses).

Scientific Literacy: Exhibit knowledge of scientific concepts and processes and ability to engage the scientific method towards informing decision making and participation in civic, social, cultural, and economic affairs (ALL Psychology courses).

Quantitative Literacy: Understand and create arguments that are supported by empirical evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats such as using words, tables, graphs, and mathematical equations, as appropriate (PSY 2440  , PSY PSY 3402  ).

Critical Thinking: Analyze, synthesize or deconstruct, interpret and evaluate information and concepts to solve problems (ALL Psychology Courses).

Oral Communication: Use appropriate language, conventions, elocution, poise, organization, supporting evidence, and content to effectively communicate through the spoken word for the purpose and audience (PSY 4440  ).

Major Courses

Major Course Sequence

1. General Education Prerequisites: 3 hrs total (must take before any Major Psychology courses):

PSY 1301   Introduction to the Psychological Sciences (3 hr)

2. Major Psychology Courses (41 credit hours minimum)

A. Core Psychology Courses: 16 hrs total (must take each of the following courses):

Core Courses are NOT open to non-majors

PSY 2340   Writing for the Psychological Sciences (4 hr)

PSY 2440   Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I (4 hr)

PSY 3402   Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II (4 hr)*

PSY 4440   Senior Seminar in Psychology (4 hr)*

Note: PSY 2340  and PSY 2440  CANNOT be taken simultaneously.  The following course numbers have been discontinued: PSY 2326  , PSY 4321  , PSY 4453 (now PSY 3402  ), PSY 2302 (now PPSY 2340  ), PSY 3317 (now PSY 2440  )

 B. Breadth Foundation Courses: 15 hrs total (must take 2 courses from 2 foundation areas and 1 course from 1 foundation area below):

Biological and Cognitive Foundations

PSY 3301   Biological Psychology

PSY 3305   Motivation and Emotion

PSY 3308   Cognitive Psychology

PSY 3346   Principles of Learning

PSY 3348   Sensation and Perception

Social and Developmental Foundations

PSY 3302   Adolescence

PSY 3303   Aging

PSY 3307   Social Psychology

PSY 3309   Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSY 2336   Lifespan Development

Community, Health, and Counseling Foundations

PSY 3321   Introduction to Community Psychology

PSY 3306   Abnormal Psychology

PSY 4310   Health Psychology

PSY 3316   Principles of Psychological Testing

PSY 4331   Counseling Psychology

C.  Seminar Courses (Depth) with Labs: 4 hrs. total (must take 1 seminar course with lab from the list below:  Non-majors require permission of instructor to take these courses.

PSY 4409   Seminar in Biological Psychology (4 hr)

PSY 4405   Seminar in Cognitive Psychology (4 hr)

PSY 4407   Seminar in Community Psychology (4 hr)

PSY 4411   Seminar in Counseling Psychology (4 hr)

PSY 4439   Seminar in Social Psychology (4 hr)


D. Electives in PSY: 6 hrs total (take any 2 psychology courses not taken above).

Related/Suggested Electives MAT 2326  

Policies Majors must complete all core courses in psychology with a grade of C or better. Students who want to transfer from another major into the Psychological Sciences major must have at least an overall 2.0 grade point average, and they must take all required core courses in the sequencing and pacing advised by the psychology adviser and/or Department Chair.

Other Information

Psychological Science majors and intended majors should have a broad interest in both theory and research as related to behavior and mental processes.  Undergraduate programs in psychological sciences focus on the study of biological, cognitive, social, developmental, clinical/counseling theory and research. Completion solely of an undergraduate program in psychological sciences does not result in students having the credentials to serve as a psychologist, licensed counselor, or licensed clinician, or licensed therapist.  A graduate education is required to work as a licensed clinical or counseling psychologist.    No minor is required for psychological sciences majors.  There are no concentration areas in the program.   Students minoring in psychological sciences may take any 18 credits in the discipline, but cannot take courses listed as in the core (Area A above).  


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