Wright State University 2005-2006Undergraduate Catalog
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Psychology

Psychology

Professors Bennett, Colle, Flach (chair), Hennessy, H. Klein, Kurdek, A. Nagy, Shebilske, Tsang
Associate Professors Claflin, Edwards (associate chair), Gilkey, Kruger, Miller, Schneider, Shalin, Steele-Johnson, Watamaniuk, Weber
Assistant Professors Bowling, Hochstein (WSU Lake Campus), LaHuis

The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees. Both degree programs are designed to give students a broad introduction to contemporary psychology. The Bachelor of Arts curriculum offers the greatest flexibility in electives within and outside psychology. The Bachelor of Science curriculum is recommended for students planning careers in academic, research, or professional fields. Both degree programs offer enough flexibility so students can supplement their individual program with additional courses both inside and outside psychology, allowing students to tailor their degree to meet individual goals. Students considering graduate school should consult with undergraduate program advisors early in their academic career.

Students must have earned 30 hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and after at least two PSY classes have a PSY GPA of 2.25 or better to transfer into the Department of Psychology. Once students have been accepted by the department, they are invited to attend a degree planning session. Included in this session is information about curriculum choices, degree completion, graduate school, and career opportunities. Because of the breadth of psychology, a variety of different educational options are available; therefore, students should continue to work with the psychology undergraduate program advisors to facilitate progress towards their degree. Students must earn at least 76 credit hours in departmental requirement courses for a Bachelor of Arts and at least 84 credit hours for a Bachelor of Science degree.

Department Requirements - Psychology/Academic Concentration

Degree requirements for all psychology programs are subject to change. Check with the department office for the current degree requirements.

Degree Requirements - Psychology - Bachelor of Arts Degree

The B.A. curriculum is designed to provide opportunities to achieve four outcomes.
Outcome 1:
Be familiar with current theory and research in diverse areas of psychology
Outcome 2:
Have fundamental research design and mathematical/statistical skills needed to understand psychological science
Outcome 3:
Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
Outcome 4:
Have skills in integrating and communicating about psychological knowledge

   
General Education56

Required Substitutions
Area 1: STT 160
Area III: PSY 105 required selection
Area VI: PSY 110
   
Psychology Core Requirements 68

7 Core Courses (at least 2 from row 1 and 2 from row 2)
Row 1: PSY 321, 361, 371, 391 28
Row 2: PSY 311, 331, 341, 351
Row 3: PSY 304, 306, 307, 309
PSY 301, 302, 303 12
Two PSY 487 seminar courses 8
Psychology Electives 20
   
Required Supporting Courses 3 - 5

MTH 126 or 127
   
College Requirement 27

27 credit hours outside the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Engineering and Computer Science
   
General Electives 31-33

Total 187

Degree Requirements - Psychology - Bachelor of Science Degree

The B.S. curriculum is designed to provide opportunities to achieve five outcomes.
Outcome 1:
Be familiar with current theory and research in diverse area of psychology
Outcome 2:
Have fundamental research design and mathematical/statistical skills needed to understand psychological science
Outcome 3:
Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
Outcome 4:
Have skills in integrating and communicating about psychological knowledge
Outcome 5:
Have advanced research design, mathematical/statistical, and computing skills needed to critically evaluate and conduct research in a self-selected area of psychology

   
General Education 56

Required Substitutions
Area 1: STT 160
Area III: PSY 105 required selection
Area VI: PSY 110
   
Psychology Core Requirements 76

7 Core courses (at least 2 from row 1 and 2 from row 2 and 1 from row 3)
Row1: PSY 321, 361, 371, 391 28
Row 2: PSY 311, 331, 341, 351
Row 3: PSY 304, 306, 307, 309
PSY 301, 302, 303 12
PSY 402 or STT 265 4
Two PSY 487 seminar courses 8
PSY 323, 333, 343, 353, 363, 373, 393 (choose one) 4
Psychology Electives 20
   
Required Supporting Courses 11-13

MTH 128 or 129 3 - 5
CS 141 & 142 (or two other programming classes) 8
   
General Electives 42-44

Total 187

Psychology Honors Program

Students interested in being admitted to the psychology honors program should apply in their junior year. After acceptance, students enroll in one departmental honors seminar each academic year. Part-time students must complete one honors seminar prior to graduation. All students must complete an honors thesis, for which academic credit is granted.

Psychology Minor Program

The psychology minor is available for students who would like to gain a better understanding of psychological processes. Students in a wide variety of majors may benefit by supplementing their knowledge and skill with a stronger background in psychology. The minor is flexible and allows students to select subsets of courses that are appropriate for particular majors. Students in biology, business, communication, computer science, education, nursing, and sociology may find that the psychology minor enhances their educational goals. The minor may be fulfilled by completing the following requirements.

Minor Requirements - Psychology


Departmental Core and Elective Requirements

Area I: Introductory Psychology (8-9 hours)

PSY 105, PSY 110

Area II: Core Courses (at least 12 hours)

PSY 321, PSY 361, PSY 371, PSY 391,

PSY 311, PSY 331, PSY 341, PSY 351,
PSY 304, PSY 306, PSY 307, PSY 309

Area III: Psychology Electives

At least 16 hours of Psychology elective courses must be completed. Any 200-level or 300-level course, including core courses beyond those required in Area II, will satisfy this requirement.

Area IV: Total hour and GPA requirements

Total of 36-quarter hours from Areas I, II, and II above
GPA of at least 2.0 in psychology courses

 
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