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Psychology - General Option

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Psychology - General Option (120 Credits)

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology requires a minimum of 35 credits in PSYCH, at least 15 of which must be in 300-400-level courses. Students must take at least 10 credits 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 be admitted to the Psychology major after completion of 30 credits, 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 TermCredits
BIOLOGY 101 [BSCI] and 105, or BIOLOGY 102 [BSCI], 106 [BSCI], or 107 [BSCI] 4
Diversity [DIVR]3
Second TermCredits
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3 or 4
Foreign Language or Electives3 or 4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab4
PSYCH 2103
Foreign Language and/or Electives5
Second TermCredits
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
PSYCH 3114
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Focus Area PSYCH Electives19
PSYCH 312 [M]4
Second TermCredits
Focus Area PSYCH Electives16
300-400-level Electives10
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Focus Area PSYCH Electives16
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
PSYCH [M] Course3
300-400-level Electives4
Second TermCredits
Complete Psychology Exit Interview and Survey

1Focus Area Electives (21 credits): Students must complete at least 2 courses from each of the following areas: 1) Behavior/Cognition: PSYCH 110, 265, 328, 372, 384, 473, 490, 491, 492; 2) Social/Motivational PSYCH 230, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 321, 324, 350, 403, 466, 470; and 3) Clinical/Developmental: PSYCH 320, 333, 342, 348, 361, 363, 440, 442, 444, 464, 468. Additional approved courses include any PSYCH course not used to fulfill other PSYCH requirements. Note that many courses require prerequisites and not all courses are offered both Fall and Spring semester. Contact advisor for additional information.

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