Contact:
Dr. Vickie Luttrell
Chair of Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: (417) 873-7254
vluttrel@drury.edu

Psychology Major

The department of behavioral sciences focuses on the disciplines of psychology, sociology and criminology. A primary goal of this 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. Psychology, sociology and criminology address different dimensions of human behavior that can be integrated to form a comprehensive view of the human condition.

The courses in psychology are designed to acquaint the student with the scientific investigation of behavior and mental processes. In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should complete the requirements to gain a Recognition in Scientific Analysis. 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 109: Scientific Writing
PSYC 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
PSYC 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II
PSYC 380, 480: Internship
PSYC 493: Senior Seminar

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
PSYC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment

PSYC 308: Qualitative Research Methods
PSYC 312: Positive Psychology

PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 323: Functional Neuroscience

PSYC 326: Theories of Counseling & Guidance
PSYC 327: Psychopharmacology
PSYC 331: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders
PSYC 333: Psychology of Sustainability

PSYC 338: Personality Theory in Psychology

PSYC 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
PSYC 343: Fundamentals of Research
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology
PSYC 352: Psychology of Gender

PSYC 353 Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology

PSYC 356: Biological Psychology
PSYC 357: Psychology of Adulthood
PSYC 364: Neuroanatomy
PSYC 370: Human Sexuality

PSYC 371: Psychology & the Law
PSYC 435: Psychological Tests & Measurements
PSYC 435-L: Psychological Tests & Measurements
PSYC 440: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
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.

Students majoring in the behavioral sciences (criminology, psychology, and/or sociology) 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

Option II
Select three hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu

AND

Choose one course from the following:
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
ENVR 326: Environmental and Community Health
PSYC 346: Heatlh Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology