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Requirements
B.S. in Psychology
B.A. in Psychology
B.A. in Psychology and Education
Minor in Psychology

CORE CURRICULUM
All students are required to complete Introduction to
Psychology (PSYC 103) which is one of the foundation courses in the Core Curriculum. This course is taken in the first year in the same semester as the literature course entitled Visions and Values (ENGL 109).

MAJOR
Majors: Every student who wishes to declare a major in Psychology should consult with the Chairperson.  Psychology majors must achieve a grade of C or better in Introduction to Psychology I before taking any other Psychology courses.  Students who are considering graduate school should consult with faculty members during their junior year and are advised to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  As part of the department’s ongoing outcomes assessment, students may be required to take a standardized test or complete an assignment at the discretion of the faculty.

Requirements for a B.S. in Psychology: The B.S. degree of 36 credits is recommended for students who prefer a more comprehensive exposure to psychology, especially if they plan to complete a doctorate in psychology. Required courses for the B.S. are:
 1. Psychology Foundation Courses
  Introduction to Psychology I (103), Introduction to Psychology II (104),    Psychological Statistics (205), and Research Methods I (315)
 2. Advanced Research Methods (405)
 3. Six courses from the Major Content Areas of Psychology and Psychology  Electives which meet the following criteria:
  a) 4 courses are selected from 4 different major content areas
  b) all courses must be at the 300 level or above
  c) at least two courses are at the 400 level

 4. Capstone Seminar (450)

 5. General Biology I (111-113) and General Biology II (112-114) or Anatomy &  Physiology I (207) and Anatomy & Physiology II (208)

Pre-med Preparation: Students who want to undertake professional training in Medicine or Dentistry should complete the B.S. degree in psychology.  The science requirements recommended by the American Medical Association and the American Dental
Association for admission into professional schools include: General Biology I and II
(111 - 112, 11 3 - 114), General Chemistry (101-102), Organic Chemistry (319-320, 323-324), Calculus I and II (103-104), and Physics I and II (107-108).

Requirements for a B.A. in Psychology: The B.A. degree provides students with the opportunity to study psychology within the context of a broader liberal arts curriculum, while exploring various career options.  The B.A. Degree requires 30 credits. Required courses for the B.A. are:
 1. Psychology Foundation Courses
  Introduction to Psychology I (103), Introduction to Psychology II (104),    Psychological Statistics (205), and Research Methods I (315)

 2. Five courses from the Major Content Areas of Psychology and Psychology  Electives which meet the following criteria:
  a) 3 courses are selected from 3 different major content areas
  b) no more than one course is at the 200 level
  c) at least one course is at the 400 level

 3. Capstone Seminar (450)

Requirements for a B.A. in Psychology and Education: This program is for students who wish to pursue careers in elementary education. Required courses for the B.A. in Psychology and Education are:
 1. Psychology Foundation Courses
  Introduction to Psychology I (103), Introduction to Psychology II (104),    Psychological Statistics (205), and Research Methods I (315)
 2. Social Psychology (321), Child Psychology (345), and Adolescent Psychology  (346)
  
 3. Learning & Memory (324) or Cognition (424) or Motivation & Emotion (432).
 
 4. Two courses from the Major Content Areas of Psychology and Psychology  Electives which meet the following criteria:
  b) one course may be at the 200 level
  c) at least one course must be at the 400 level
 
 5. Capstone Course is strongly encouraged

MINOR
Requirements for a minor in Psychology: 
Every student who wishes to declare a minor in Psychology should consult with the Chairperson.  Psychology minors must achieve a grade of C or better in Introduction to Psychology I before taking any other Psychology courses.   Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in a Psychology course for the course to be credited to their minor.  Students select 18 credits of Psychology in consultation with the Chairperson and in accordance with the pre-requisites.   
Grade Requirements. Majors and minors must receive a grade of “C” or better in Psychology courses in order for the course to count toward the major or minor.
Students must maintain good academic standing to remain in the Psychology department. In order to remain a major or minor a student may have no more than 2 failing grades and/or withdrawals in Psychology courses.