Department of Behavioral Sciences

Psychology Major

The department of behavioral sciences focuses on the disciplines of psychology, criminology, sociology, behavioral neuroscience, and community health. These disciplines address different dimensions of human behavior that can be integrated to form a comprehensive understanding of our human experiences. A primary goal of the department is to help students function as effective, informed global citizens. To this end, the principles of human behavior are presented within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts educational program.

Courses in the psychology major are designed to acquaint the student with the scientific investigation of behavior and mental processes. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology should complete the Psychology Major-Research Track and are also encouraged to complete the requirements to gain the department’s Recognition in Scientific Analysis. Students who are not pursuing a graduate degree in psychology but are interested in using their knowledge of psychology in other professions, like business, communication, education, law, or social work are encouraged to complete the Psychology Major-Applied Track.

Research Track

Students should complete all 100- and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status). All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
BSCI 109: Scientific Writing
BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
BSCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I

(It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with Lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I. Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 359 will be removed from the Advanced Behavioral I and II course sequence. Students will not be allowed to register for and/or audit BSCI 361 during the following spring semester.  Failing students must re-attempt the 359/361 sequence the following fall semester.)

BSCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II

(Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 361 must earn a passing grade in BSCI 343 in order to fulfill the university and department research requirement. The final grade awarded in BSCI 343 shall not replace any prior grade earned in BSCI 361.)

BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience
BSCI 493: Senior Seminar

(Students enrolled in BSCI 493 are required to take a comprehensive examination over topics covered in the major as well as a nationally-normed exit exam.)

Choose one course from the following:
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 240: Social Psychology

Choose four courses from the following:
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 240: Social Psychology
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
BSCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
PSYC 312: Positive Psychology
PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
BIOL 323: Functional Neuroscience
PSYC 325: Psychology of Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
BIOL 327: Psychopharmacology 
PSYC 331: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders
PSYC 333: Psychology of Sustainability
PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology
BSCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
BSCI 343: Fundamentals of Research
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology 
PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology
PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender
PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology
PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood
BIOL 364: Neuroanatomy
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
PSYC 371: Psychology & the Law
BSCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
BSCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
PSYC 440: Cognitive Psychology
BSCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
BSCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II
PSYC 390, 490: Selected Topics
PSYC 391, 392, 491, 492: Research

Courses used as electives for one behavioral science major or minor (criminology, psychology or sociology) may not also satisfy elective requirements for another behavioral science major or minor. Courses in the behavioral neuroscience minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor. Likewise, courses in the community health minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor.

Students majoring in psychology – research track are required to complete at least six hours of course work in the natural sciences.

Choose one of the following options:

Option I

Select six hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu or approved transfer equivalents.

Option II

Select three hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu or approved transfer equivalents.

AND

Choose one course from the following:
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology


Applied Track

Students should complete all 100- and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status). All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 240: Social Psychology
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
BSCI 109: Scientific Writing
BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience
BSCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II
BSCI 493: Senior Seminar

Students enrolled in BSCI 493 are required to take a comprehensive examination over topics covered in the major as well as a nationally-normed exit exam.

Choose three courses from the following:

PSYC 312: Positive Psychology
PSYC 333: Psychology of Sustainability
BSCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality
PSYC 371: Psychology & the Law

Choose two courses from the following:

SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality
SOCI 306: Social Movements
SOCI 316: Minority Groups
PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender

 

Courses used as electives for one behavioral science major or minor (criminology, psychology or sociology) may not also satisfy elective requirements for another behavioral science major or minor.  Courses in the behavioral neuroscience minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor. Likewise, courses in the community health minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor.

 

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