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Psychology - Bachelor of Science

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Psychology - Bachelor of Science (120 Hours)

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in PSYCH, at least 15 hours of which must be in 300-400-level courses. Students must take at least 10 credit hours of psychology in residence at WSU and must maintain at least a C average in PSYCH courses. Students must have two years of one foreign language in high school or take one year in college of a modern foreign language before graduation. Beyond certain minimum requirements there is flexibility in the degree program, in accordance with the needs of the individual student. A student may certify as a BS major after completion of 30 semester hours, PSYCH 311 with a C- or better, and cumulative gpa of 2.5 or better.

For the BS degree in Psychology, the four learning goals are: (1) Students will understand basic research design and analysis; (2) Students will be able to describe societal influences on individual behavior, and they will display an understanding of the cultural relativism inherent in defining what is normal and abnormal behavior; (3) Students will be able to critically evaluate scientific studies; (4) Students will demonstrate proficiency in the written communication of psychological concepts.
First Year
First TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab4
Diversity [DIVR]3
Second TermHours
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3 or 4
Second Year
First TermHours
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab4
PSYCH 3114
Second TermHours
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
PSYCH 312 [M]4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
Group I PSYCH Elective13
Group II PSYCH Elective13
Second TermHours
Group I PSYCH Elective13
Group II PSYCH Elective13
300-400-level Non-PSYCH Electives10
Fourth Year
First TermHours
Group I PSYCH Elective13
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
PSYCH Elective23
300-400-level Non-PSYCH Electives7
Second TermHours
Non-PSYCH Electives15
PSYCH Electives1-4

1The PSYCH courses listed above under Groups I and II are recommended for that semester. Some are only offered in the fall or in the spring. Group I Fall: PSYCH 350, 372, 384, 401 [M], 470, 490, 491; and Group I Spring: PSYCH 350, 384, 401 [M], 470, 473 [M]. Group II Fall: PSYCH 321, 324, 333, 361, 363, 440 [M]; and Group II Spring: PSYCH 321, 324, 333, 361, 363, 412 [M], 440 [M], 464.
2Writing in the Major Courses: PSYCH 312, 328, 401, 412, 440, 473.
Recommended Courses: One 3 hour course from PSYCH 445, 497, 498, 499. Psych electives will be chosen in consultation with advisor. Numerous electives during the first two years mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, literature, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology contribute substantially to the study of psychology. Again, consultation with a mentor advisor is recommended prior to selecting either PSYCH courses or supporting courses in other areas. Students in the Honors Program and transfer students should ask about modifications in the above schedule of studies. Students interested in combining a psychology major with the certificate program in Helping Skills or Abnormal Child Psychology should inquire at the Department of Psychology.

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