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Psychology

 
Dr. Julie Earles Dr. Kevin Lanning (on sabbatical 2014-15) Dr. Laura Vernon
The Psychology concentration provides students with a background in the science of mind and behavior, and an understanding of how empirical methods are used to study human cognitive, motivational, social, and emotional processes. Requirements for the concentration include introductory and survey courses, specialized seminars, laboratories, and a research thesis. Psychology is intrinsically interdisciplinary, as the field lies at the nexus of the biological and social sciences. Consequently, students concentrating in psychology benefit from coursework taken outside of the field as well. Most students seeking careers in psychology and related disciplines will go on to graduate school, as most clinical and applied positions require an advanced degree. Our undergraduate concentration is broad and research-based in order to best prepare our students for entry into this competitive field.

Available options: Concentration in psychology; Minor concentration in psychology.

Concentration in Psychology

Foundation Courses: Psychology concentrators are required to take six foundation courses, two in social sciences, two in biological sciences, and two in mathematics. Students must earn at least a B- in PSY 1012 General Psychology.

Concentration in Psychology
Course # Course Name Credits
 
Social Science Foundation Courses
 
PSY 1012 Honors General Psychology 3
Social Science Electives
(one or more of the following, or equivalent course as agreed to by the concentration advisory board):
(3)
AMH 4932 Honors Violence in America  
ANT 2410 Honors Culture and Society  
ECO 2023 Honors Microeconomic Principles  
EUH 3618 Honors Sense of Place Across Time  
GEO 3402 Honors Human Geography  
POS 3691 Honors Law and Society  
SYG 1000 Honors Introduction to Sociology  
WST 3015 Honors Intro to Women's Studies  
 
Biology and Neuroscience Foundation Courses
 
BSC 1010, 1010L Honors Biological Principles and Lab 4
Biology and Neurocience Electives
(one or more of the following, or equivalent course as agreed to by the concentration advisory board):
(3-4)
PSB 3340 Honors Behavioral Neuroscience  
PSB 3344 Honors Drugs and Behavior  
BSC 2084 Honors Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology  
PCB 3063 Honors Genetics  
 
Mathematics Foundation Courses
 
PSY 3234
or
STA 2023
Honors Experimental Design and Statistical Inference
or
Honors Introductory Statistics
3
Mathematics Electives
(one or more of the following, or equivalent course as agreed to by the concentration advisory board):
(3-4)
STA 3164 Honors Intermediate Statistics  
PSY 4302, 4302L Honors Psychometrics and Lab  
MAC 2311 Honors Calculus  
 
Psychology Courses
 
PSY 4604 Honors History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY 3213, 3213L Honors Research Methods in Psychology and Lab 4
  Five Psychology electives (see below) 15
PSY 4933 Honors Advanced Writing in Psychology 1
PSY 4971 Honors Thesis in Psychology and Behavioral Science 5-8
  Total Credits 47-52

Psychology Electives: Concentrators must take five intermediate and advanced electives, at least two of which must be drawn from Group A and two from Group B. Interdisciplinary courses (prefixes IDS, ISS, etc.) may be substituted for coursework in psychology at the discretion of the advisor. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology should work closely with their academic advisors to insure a sufficient preparation in each of the major academic sub-disciplines of psychology (i.e., Biological, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychologies). Students are reminded they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate. At least 50 percent of upper level Psychology courses must be taken at the Honors College.

Group A: Natural Science Approach to Psychology
Course # Course Name Credits
PSB 3344 Honors Drugs and Behavior  
EXP 3604 Honors Cognition 3
EXP 4631 Honors Thinking and Decision-Making 3
EXP 3202 Honors Sensation and Perception 3
PCB 3411 Honors Animal Behavior 3
IDS 4933 Honors How and Why We Age 3
PSB 3340 Honors Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PSY 4930 Honors Evolutionary Psychology 3
DEP 4463C Honors Lab in Cognitive Aging 3
PSY 4930 Honors Psychology of Aging 3
  Other courses in psychology primarily
based in biological and natural sciences
 
Group B: Social Science Approach to Psychology
Course # Course Name Credits
PPE 3003 Honors Personality 3
SOP 3004 Honors Principles of Social Psychology 3
DEP 3053 Honors Psychology of Human Development 3
DEP 4095 Honors Personality and Social Development 3
PSY 4302, 4302L Honors Psychometrics
and Psychological Testing with Lab
4
CLP 4144 Honors Abnormal Psychology 3
CLP 4310 Honors Health Psychology 3
SOP 3742 Honors Psychology of Women 3
POS 4206 Honors Political Psychology 3
PSY 4930 Honors Psychotherapy Systems 3
  Other courses in psychology
primarily based in the social sciences
 

Minor Concentration in Psychology

The Psychology minor concentration provides students with a background in the science of mind and behavior, and an understanding of how empirical methods are used to study human cognitive, motivational, social, and emotional processes. To complete the psychology minor concentration, students complete the following courses totaling 18-19 credit hours:

  • PSY 1012 Honors General Psychology (3 credits)
  • One course in advanced statistics or research methods, such as:
    • PSY 3213 Honors Research Methods in Psychology and PSY 3213L (4 credits)
    • ANT 4418 Honors Research Methods in Anthropology (3 credits)
    • STA 3164 Honors Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)
    • POS 3734 Honors Research Methods in Political Science (3 credits)
  • Four additional 3-credit upper level psychology courses (12 credits). These electives should reflect the breadth of the discipline, and so must include at least one course from Group 'A' and one from Group 'B' in the table of psychology electives, above.

At least 50 percent of upper level Psychology courses must be taken at the Honors College. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

Updated 06-20-2012

 
Last Modified 7/17/14