Oct 24, 2021  
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology, (B.A.)


Program objectives for a B.A. in Psychology are: (a) describe the nature of psychology as a discipline; (b) use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena; (c) demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology; (d) describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology; (e) explain different research methods used by psychologists; (f) design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods; (g) evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research; (h) generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of particular research methods; (i) follow the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research; (j) use critical thinking effectively; (k) use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals; (l) approach problems effectively; (m) describe major applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, health); (n) identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems; (o) articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy; (p) recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology; (q) recognize and understand the importance of academic integrity; (r) recognize and respect human diversity and understand that psychological explanations may vary across populations and contexts; (s) assess and justify engagement with respect to civic, social, and global responsibilities; (t) understand the limitations of psychological knowledge and skills.

University General Education Program (41 hours)


See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)


The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements and are listed above.

The Major (39 hours in Psychology)


Completion of


One Course from Each of the Three Content Areas Below:


Psychology Field Test


All majors must take a Psychology Field Test during their senior year.

Concentrations (24 hours):


The department offers three concentrations: (a) General Psychology (b) Behavioral Neuroscience (c) Cognitive Science. Students must complete the requirements for one concentration.

General Psychology:


Completion of requirements above and at least 32 upper division hours in PSYC to bring the PSYC total to at least 39 hours.

Behavioral Neuroscience:


Completion of requirements above and

Cognitive Science:


Completion of requirements above and

At Least One Course From Either

At Least Two Courses From:

Students Choosing Cognitive Science Concentration

Students choosing Cognitive Science concentration must complete at least three of the following courses outside of psychology:

Electives


Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Honors Program


The Psychology Honors Program provides an opportunity for selected Psychology majors to enrich their learning experience through honors courses, independent study, a senior thesis, and extracurricular learning experiences. The program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of honors work in psychology. Students who earn at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average in the major will earn degrees that included the distinction “With Honors in Psychology.” Please contact the department honors coordinator for more detailed information about the Psychology Honors Program and assistance in applying. Psychology majors may also be eligible to participate in the University Honors Program described elsewhere in this bulletin. Some psychology honors courses may be counted toward the requirement of the University Honors Program.

Psychology Honors Classes. The honors courses described below are open only to students in good standing in the Psychology Honors Program or the University Honors Program. Honors courses in Psychology include: (1) PSYC 1030  (General Psychology - Honors). Students who wish to enroll in this course during their first year may do so either by meeting the requirements for the University Honors Program or by instructor permission; (2) periodically offered honors sections of other courses in the psychology curriculum; (3) specialized honors courses; (4) Honors Special Topics; (5) Directed Research and Senior Thesis.

Psychology Honors Contracts. Students may ask the instructor of any psychology course to negotiate an honors contract, in which the instructor and student agree on additional honor-level requirements for the course.

Psychology Honors Senior Thesis. Students ask a psychology faculty member to serve as adviser for PSYC 4996 - Honors Senior Thesis , typically completed during the student’s last semester. Before enrolling in PSYC 4996 , the student should complete at least one semester of PSYC 4504 - Directed Research  under the same faculty adviser who will oversee work in the honors thesis. Students specializing in Behavioral Neuroscience may choose to enroll in PSYC 4506  (Directed Research in Behavioral Neuroscience) and PSYC 4997  (Senior Thesis in Behavioral Neuroscience). The completed thesis is presented in writing and defended orally before a faculty committee.

Typical 4-Year Psychology Sequence


Freshman Year


Semester Totals 31-32 hrs


Sophomore Year


Semester Totals 29 hrs


Junior Year


FALL SEMESTER

  • Natural Science (4) *
  • PSYC Content Area 1 (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

 

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Natural Science* (4)
  • PSYC Content Area 2 (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • History* (3)

Semester Totals 32 hrs


Senior Year


FALL SEMESTER

  • PSYC Content Area 3 (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)

 

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Elective (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (1) - only if 3-credit Math

Semester Totals 27-28 hrs


Typical 2-Year Psychology Sequence (transfer students with A.A. Degree)


TRANSFER EQUIVALENT CREDITS ASSUMED:

  • ENGL 1010  * (3)
  • ENGL 1020  * (3)
  • COMM 2381  * (3)
  • ENGL 2201   or ENGL 2202  * (3)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities* (6)
  • Foreign Language 1010/1020 (6)
  • MATH* (3)
  • History* (6)
  • Natural Science* (8)
  • PSYC 1030  * (3)
  • Social Science - PSYC LD Elective* (3)
  • LD Electives (13)

Transfer Totals: 60 hrs.

Junior Year

FALL SEMESTER

  • Foreign Language 2010 (3)
  • PSYC 1300   (1)
  • PSYC 3010   (4)
  • PSYC Content Area 1 (3)
  • Elective (3)

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Foreign Language 2020 (3)
  • PSYC 3020  (4)
  • PSYC Content Area 2 (3)
  • PSYC Content Area 3 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Semester Totals: 30 hrs

Senior Year

FALL SEMESTER

  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)

SPRING SEMESTER

  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • PSYC UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)

Semester Totals: 30 hrs

 

Total Hours: 120


Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120


*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement