The general requirements of the program are listed below. The program can be tailored to individual interests via consultation with the program chair.
Students who wish to work toward the Bachelor of Science degree should contact: Dr. Ruth Ann Atchley, Chair of Bachelor of Science Program Heidi Waltz, Advising Specialist
Non-psychology Studies: A total of 84 hours with classes in these four areas and additional electives.
ENGL 101 & 102 (6 hrs.)
ENGL 203, 205, 209, 210, or 211 (3 hrs.)
COMS 130 or PHIL 148 (3 hrs.)
WC 204-205 or WC 234-235 (6 hrs.)
Two electives in humanities (6 hrs.)
Natural Sciences -- A minimum of 15 hours; two of the following three sequences, an extension of one, or an approved alternative.
BIOL 150 & 305 (7 hrs.)
CHEM 184 & 188 (10 hrs.)
PHYS 114 & 115 (8 hrs.)
Mathematics -- A minimum of 12 hours, 6 of which must be calculus or calculus based. Recommended sequence is shown below.
MATH 111 Matrix Algebra, Probability, and Statistics (3)
Matrix Algebra, Probability, and Statistics is an undergraduate course offered in Maths Department.
MATH 115 Calculus I (3)
Calculus I is an undergraduate course offered in Maths Department.
MATH 116 Calculus II (3)
Calculus II is an undergraduate course offered in Maths Department.
MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3)
Applied Mathematical Statistics I is an undergraduate course offered in Maths Department.
Computing -- a minimum of 9 hours. Specific courses are flexible. Some possible options Include:
EECS 128 Intro to Computer-Info systems (3)
Intoduction to Computer-Info Systems is the undergraduate course offered in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
EECS 138 Intro to Compututing (3)
Intoduction to Computing is the undergraduate course offered in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
EECS 140 Intro to Digital Logic Design (3)
Intoduction to Digital Logic Design is the undergraduate course offered in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
Cognitive Psychology Studies: A total of at least 40 hours with classes in these four areas and additional psychology electives.
Cognitive Psychology Courses -- A minimum of four of the following, 12 hrs. total
PSYC 318 Cognitive Psychology (3)
An introduction to contemporary research and theory in human learning and memory, relevant perceptual processes, and higher functions such as language. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior (3)
A survey of basic topics relating to the biological bases of behavior, including the physiology of neuronal and synaptic transmission, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology. This survey will be followed by lectures on selected topics within the area of brain and behavior such as motivation, appetite, reward, language, and left-right hemispheric differences. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Psychology and an introductory course in Biology. LEC
PSYC 418 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)
Examines the data and methodologies of the disciplines that comprise Cognitive Science, an inter-disciplinary approach to studying the mind and brain. Topics may include: consciousness, artificial intelligence, linguistics, education and instruction, neural networks, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary theory, cognitive neuroscience, human-computer interaction, and robotics. (Same as LING 418, PHIL 418, and SPLH 418.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
PSYC 422 Intelligence and Cognition (3) A survey of the relationship of individual variation in intelligence to contemporary cognitive theory. Discussion is included of procedures for identifying measurable aspects of intelligence and for measuring individual cognitive variation. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 430 Cognitive Development (3)
A basic survey course in the development of thinking and understanding in normal children. The course will cover Piaget's theory and information processing theories at the advanced undergraduate level. Topics include perception, attention, learning, memory, language, problem solving, and individual differences from birth to the mid-teens. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or ABSC 160. LEC
PSYC 475 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
The neurobiology of higher mental processes such as perception, attention, learning, memory, thinking, and language, as studied by techniques such as recording from individual neurons, electrical brain stimulation, brain damage, and brain scans and measurements of regional cerebral blood flow in conscious people. Emphasis will be placed on in-class analysis of original research articles. Prerequisite: PSYC 370 or PSYC 380 or permission of instructor. LEC
PSYC 482 Sensation and Perception (3)
Introduction to human sensory and perceptual capabilities. Topics include: sensory systems, perceptual development, and perceiving color, objects, space, movement, sound, speech, touch, smell, and taste as well as various perceptual illusions. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 518 Human Memory (3)
In-depth coverage of human memory phenomena, including phenomena concerning acquisition, storage and retrieval, unconscious forms of memory, memory monitoring and control, and practical aspects of memory such as autobiographical memory, mnemonic techniques and eyewitness memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 536 The Psychology of Language (3)
A survey of recent research on psycholinguistics covering the perception, production, and comprehension of language. Topics include: the biological basis for language, the nature of comprehension processes, and memory for the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic components of language. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 550 Psychology of Reading (3)
A survey of psychological processes relevant to normal, adult reading, learning to read, and specific reading disabilities. These include visual perception and information processing, the structure of knowledge within the human memory system, and linguistic competence. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
Laboratory Courses -- 9 hours total
PSYC 200(formerly PSYC 310) Research Methods in Psychology (3)
and choose one: PSYC 618 Experimental Psychology: Human Learning (6) Lectures and laboratory research on human information processing as related to theories of word recognition, reading, and language comprehension. Major emphasis on experimental design, data analysis, interpretation, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and PSYC 210. LEC
PSYC 620 Experimental Psychology: Sensation, Perception, and Cognition (6)
Lectures and laboratory work on human sensory processes and how they result in perceptions of the environment. Experience is provided in designing and implementing research as well as in the skills necessary for statistical analysis, interpretation of data, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and PSYC 300. LEC
Quantitative Courses -- a minimum of 9 hours, specific courses are flexible. Some possible options include:
PSYC 210(formerly PSYC 300) Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
An introduction to statistical concepts and methods as they relate to analysis and interpretation of psychological data. All majors in psychology are required to complete this course (or PSYC 211) and must do so before applying for admission to the major. Students should complete this course as early as possible in their undergraduate training. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
PSYC 500 Intermediate Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
A second course in statistics with emphasis on applications. Analysis of variance, regression, analysis, analysis of contingency tables; possibly selected further topics. Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in PSYC 210. LEC
PSYC 604 Psychological Tests
A survey of psychological tests and testing methods. Critical evaluation in the light of history and theory of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 795 Computing in Psychology (3 hrs.)
Introduction to syntax and semantics of such languages as PASCAL and C. Lectures and assignments emphasize applications. Included are techniques of automated data collection, database management, and simulation. Prerequisite: PSYC 790 or consent of instructor. LEC
Applied Research Experience -- 3 hour minimum
PSYC 480 Independent Study
Investigation of a special research problem or directed reading in an area not covered in regular courses. No more than 3 hours of PSYC 480 may be counted toward the 30 hours required for the major. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
PSYC 460 Psychology Honors
A seminar for juniors and seniors in the Honors Program in Psychology. Students who have been admitted to the Honors Program in Psychology may enroll for one credit for one or both semesters of their junior year and are required to enroll for two credits for both semesters in their senior year. IND