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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology - Research Psychology (B.S.)

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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology majors choose from five specializations to best suit their personal interests and professional goals. Each specialization is designed to help students meet entry-level career requirements and/or pursue advanced degrees in their chosen subfields.

This program is designed for students with an exceptional curiosity and aptitude for investigation who seek an opportunity to build their quantitative and qualitative skills in developing, executing, and presenting research in formats customary to the field (research reports, poster sessions, and paper presentations).

Career and Graduate Study Options

Graduates will be able to work at research institutions (hospitals, pharmaceutical and clinical research agencies, universities, etc.) and become more competitive applicants for doctoral level education in which research is expected.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify components of methodologically sound research through the review of empirical research related to a variety of areas within the field of Psychology;
  • Plan, execute, and analyze psychological experiments with consideration of validity, reliability, biases, ethics and statistical methods;
  • Use statistical software to analyze data and make discipline-appropriate graphics;
  • Prepare materials for scholarly presentation of research findings, including poster presentations and comprehensive psychological reports using APA style and relevant reviews of the literature.

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of PS) in this major. This requirement extends to HS, CJ, and CH/ED courses in the Mental Health Worker, Forensic Psychology, and Developmental Psychology programs respectively.


III. Other Required Courses: (39-41 credits)


  • Two (2) Science Electives (3-4 credits each) 6-8 credits
    (Scientific Understanding)
  • History Elective 3 credits
    (Historical Understanding)
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Sociology Elective 3 credits
    (Social World)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
    (Humanities Fine Arts)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
    (“W” Course)

IV. Open Electives: (45 credits)

15 Open Electives including:

  • An additional “O” course and an additional “W” course
  • Elective courses, which may include requirements for a minor

Total Credits: (120-122)


All College Curriculum
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.


Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)

  • Sociology elective 3 credits
  • Three (3) Open electives 9 credits 

Second Year: (30-32 credits)

  • Two (2) Science electives (3-4 credits each) 6-8 credits
  • Literature elective 3 credits
  • Two (2) Open electives 6 credits

Third Year: (33 credits)

  • History elective 3 credits
  • Humanities/Fine Arts elective 3 credits
  • Two (2) Open electives  6 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar  3 credits

Fourth Year: (27 credits)

  • Eight (8) Open electives  24 credits

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