Psychology, BS

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the science of psychology and the application of psychological knowledge and principles to improve the development and quality of people’s lives.  These objectives are consistent with the American Psychological Association’s recommendations for undergraduate psychology programs.  Graduates will be suitably trained for either entry level positions in mental health, social services, and research positions or advanced graduate training in psychology.

The psychology major consists of:

1.   A required core of courses that introduces students to the field and to communication skills within the field. This core includes required methodology courses in writing, library research, statistics, and experimental design.

2.   A lower-division content-course requirement.

3.   A set of upper-division content courses that represent psychology's close alliance with both social science and natural-science approaches to the study of behavior.

4.   Upper-division semester-hours

5.   A senior capstone experience.

PNC General Education Core (30 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

0 - 3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

Choose two courses from Natural Science and/or Technology.

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

Choose one course from Humanities and one course from Social Sciences.

Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)

A Quantitative Reasoning core course or an additional math course.

FYE or Humanities Social Sciences (3 credits)

An additional HumanitiesSocial Sciences, or FYE (GS 19100) course.

PNC Supplemental Core (24 credits)

U.S. Traditions (3 credits)

Choose one course from US Traditions.

Western Heritage (3 credits)

Choose one course from Western Heritage.

Global Cultures (3 credits)

Choose one course from Global Cultures.

Literature and the Arts (3 credits)

Choose one course from Literature and the Arts.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one course from Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

Gender Issues (3 credits)

Choose one course from Gender Issues.

Social Ethics (3 credits)

Choose one course from Social Ethics.

Individual and Society (3 credits)

Choose one course from Individual and Society.

Required Courses (66 credits)

Modern Language (12 credits)

ASL, French, German, or Spanish to the fourth level is required.

Psychology Core (33 credits)

PSY 12000Elementary Psychology

3 credits

PSY 20100Introduction To Statistics In Psychology

3 credits

PSY 20300Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology

0 - 3 credits

PSY 24000Introduction To Social Psychology

3 credits

PSY 32500Professional And Ethical Issues In Psychology

3 credits

PSY 34200Introduction To Psychology Of Personality

3 credits

PSY 35000Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

PSY 36000Developmental Psychology

3 credits

PSY 37500Approaches To Counseling And Psychotherapy

3 credits

PSY 49200Internship In Psychology

3 credits

PSY 49800Senior Research

3 credits

Psychology Tracks (6 credits)

Choose One of the Following Options

Option 1
PSY 23500Child Psychology

3 credits

PSY 36700Adult Development And Aging

3 credits

Option 2
PSY 20200Introduction To Quantitative Topics In Psychology

3 credits

PSY 33200Forensic Psychology

3 credits

Option 3
PSY 20000Introduction To Cognitive Psychology

3 credits

PSY 31100Human Memory

3 credits

Option 4
Must take two 3-credit hour PSY courses.  One should be at the 20000 level or higher and one at the 30000 level or higher.

Electives (15 credits)