Psychology

 

Program FAQs


I have been following the pre-2009 Program of Study for the B.A. in Psychology. What do I need to do differently to graduate with the B.S. degree?

  • Take a total of two courses from among the following that was not taken for Area D of the core: ITEC 1050, CSCI 1150, ITEC 1310, or another approved course from CSCI/ITEC
  • Take two courses selected from the following:
    • PSYC 3070 (Sensation and Perception) or PSYC 3500 (Cognitive Psychology)
    • PSYC 3080 (Evolutionary Psychology) or PSYC 3190 (Comparative Psychology)
    • PSYC 5060U (Basic Behavior Principles and Behavior Change)
  • Take six credit hours of approved electives in BIOL, CHEM, MATH, or PHYS that were not taken for Area D of the core
  • Need to take PSYC 4001 (Measurement Lab)
  • Do not need to take any foreign language classes
     

I have been following the pre-2009 Program of Study for the B.A. in Psychology. What do I need to do differently to graduate with the modified B.A. degree?

  • Need to take PSYC 2000 (Ethics and Values in Psyc), but not ANTH 1102
  • Need to take each of the following courses:
    • PSYC 3000 (Human Resource Development Skills)
    • PSYC 3400 (Introduction to Learning)
    • PSYC 4130 (Senior Internship)
    • PSYC 5060U (Basic Beh Principles and Beh Change) or 3200U (I-O Psyc)
  • Need to take:
    •  Foreign Language 2001 and 2002 or ACCT 2101 and 2102 (Acct I and II)
  • Need to take six hours of BIOL (unless taken in Area D of the core)
  • Do not need to take PSYC 3090 (Physiological Psyc), PSYC 4001 (Measurement Lab), PSYC 4090 (Learning and Behavior), BIOL 1107 (Principles of Biology I), or BIOL 1108 (Principles of Biology II)
     

What are the key differences between the modified B.A. and the B.S. Degree Programs?

  • B.A. students would be required to take PSYC 2000 (Ethics and Values in Psychology) to prepare them better for employment in human services, human resources, or educational settings. B.S. students would be given the option of taking ANTH 1102 (Introduction to Anthropology), which would broaden their education in diverse research methodologies, or PSYC 2000 (Ethics and Values in Psychology) in Area F of the curriculum.
  • B.S. students would be required to take two computer-related (i.e., ITEC or CSCI) courses, whereas B.A. students would be required to take only one such course.
  • The following courses would be required of B.S. students, but not B.A. students:
  • PSYC 3090 (Physiological Psychology)
  • PSYC 4001 (Measurement Lab)
  • PSYC 4090 (Learning and Behavior; includes an animal laboratory project, PSYC 4091)
  • BIOL 1107 & L (Principles of Biology I) and BIOL 1108 & L (Principles of Biology II) or another sequence from CHEM 1211/1212 (Principles of Chemistry I and II), PHYS 1111/1112 (Introduction to Physics I and II), or PHYS 2211/2212 (Principles of Physics I and II) if BIOL 1107 and 1108 were taken to fulfill Area D
  • Six credit hours of approved electives in BIOL, CHEM, MATH, or PHYS (beyond the science sequence listed above and the courses that are taken to fulfill Area D of the core)
  • The following courses would be required of B.A. students, but not B.S. students:
    • PSYC 3000 (Human Resource Development Skills) 
    • PSYC 4130 (Senior Internship)
    • PSYC 5060U (Basic Behavior Principles and Behavior Change) or PSYC 3200 (Industrial Organizational Psychology)
    • PSYC 3400 (Introduction to Learning; does not include a laboratory component)
    • Foreign Language 1002
    • One sequence from: Foreign Language 2001 and 2002 or ACCT 2101 and 2102 (Accounting I and II)

In summary, the proposed B.S. degree requires more courses in the basic areas of psychology, two more psychology laboratory psychology courses (PSYC 4001 and 4091), and more courses in the natural science and technology fields. The proposed B.A. degree requires more courses in the applied areas of psychology, successful completion of an internship, and a two course sequence from either a foreign language or Accounting. These differences in requirements reflect the difference in the goals of the respective degree programs – the B.S. aims to prepare students for graduate studies in psychology, whereas the B.A. aims to prepare students to work upon graduating or to pursue graduate studies in human service and related fields. 


Can I still graduate with a B.A. by following the pre-2009 degree requirements?

Students who declared a major in psychology at AASU before January 1, 2009 and planned to graduate no later than December 2009 could, if they wished, graduate with a B.A. by following the pre-2009 program of study for the B.A. degree in psychology. Students who declare a major in psychology after January 1, 2009 or plan to graduate after December 2009 need to follow either the new B.A. or the new B.S. degree requirements.
 

I'm confused. What should I do?

Contact your Psychology Department faculty advisor or Dr. Wong for assistance.

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