Psychology

BA in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a four-year program for students majoring in psychology. It also includes courses for students majoring in allied fields, as well as for students wishing an orientation to the field of psychology as part of their general education. Courses are designed to create an awareness of the fundamental principles of psychology, psychological research, and the means by which psychological knowledge is acquired. The emphasis is upon the scientific inquiry into basic phenomena and principles of behavior, not upon the development of professional skills.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 46.

Required Courses:
     PSY 101 and 102 General Psychology (3 credits each semester) to be taken as a two-semester sequence
     PSY 105 Statistics in Psychology
     PSY 205 Experimental Methodology
     PSY 206 Methodology Lab
     PSY 220 Psychology of the Lifespan
     PSY 230 Social Psychology
     PSY 233 Psychopathology
     PSY 338 Theories of Personality
     PSY 350 Psychology of Learning
     PSY 360 Cognitive Processes
     PSY 361 Sensation and Perception
     PSY 365 Physiological Psychology
     PSY 371 History and Systems

Other courses offered by the Department numbered 300 or above can be taken as electives to complete the 46-hour minimum. Students must achieve a 2.0 average and grades of C- or better in all psychology courses that count toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

Successful completion (with a grade of C- or better) of PSY 101 is the prerequisite for the following upper division psychology courses:
     PSY 205 Experimental Methodology
     PSY 206 Methodology Lab
     PSY 210 Popular Psychology
     PSY 230 Social Psychology
     PSY 323 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
     PSY 324 Psychology of Adolescence
     PSY 325 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
     PSY 326 Psychology of Social and Linguistic Development
     PSY 338 Theories of Personality
     PSY 340 Behavior Modification
     PSY 360 Cognitive Processes
     PSY 361 Sensation and Perception
     PSY 366 Drugs, Mind and Behavior

Successful completion (with a grade of C- or better) of both PSY 101 and PSY 102 is the prerequisite for the following upper division psychology courses:
     PSY 220 Psychology of the Lifespan
     PSY 232 Psychology of Adjustment
     PSY 233 Psychopathology
     PSY 235 Psychology of Women
     PSY 350 Psychology of Learning
     PSY 365 Physiological Psychology
     PSY 371 History and Systems of Psychology

Additional prerequisites for PSY 205, PSY 206, PSY 323, PSY 324, PSY 325, PSY 326, PSY 365 and PSY 366 are listed in their course descriptions below.

In addition, successful completion (with a grade of C- or better) of the following non-psychology course is required for psychology majors. This course should be completed by the end of the sophomore year:
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Prerequisite for PSY 365)

PSY 101 and PSY 102 should be successfully completed (with a grade of C- or better) no later than the end of sophomore year by students who plan to major in psychology. All majors should also complete PSY 205, and PSY 206 (with grades of C- or better) no later than the end of their junior year.

No required course in which a student earns an unsatisfactory grade (below C-) can be repeated more than one time. Students earning an unsatisfactory grade in the repeated course will be dropped from the major. Students will have the option of appealing this decision; each student's appeal will be reviewed by the entire department faculty. Guidelines for readmission will be provided to students who are dropped from the major,

Transfer psychology majors who have taken an introductory psychology course that was completed in one semester have the option of taking PSY 102 or having it waived. If a transfer psychology major waives PSY 102, he or she must take an additional three credits of 300 level psychology electives. Students who are not psychology majors cannot waive PSY 102. MAT 120 can be used in place of PSY 105.

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting Departmental requirements for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, they must also meet the requirements of the school or college involved, as well as the Core curriculum requirements.

The Department recommends that students who wish to take a more extensive program or who plan to enter graduate school elect, in consultation with their major advisor, other courses in psychology and also include study in related fields, such as mathematics, biology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, computer science, and social work.

Psychology majors who plan to attend graduate school should keep in mind that Graduate Record Examinations must be taken no later than December of their senior year. Students should plan to complete as many psychology courses as possible by the end of the fall semester of their senior year.

To be eligible to declare the psychology major, matriculated students must have earned 15 USM credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA and have met the USM college readiness writing and math requirements.

Independent/Directed Study

With the permission of a faculty sponsor, junior and senior psychology majors may elect to participate in independent/directed study in one or more of the following courses: PSY 400 Independent Research; PSY 401 Research Apprenticeship; PSY 405 Teaching Apprenticeship and PSY 410 Internship/Field Experience. No more than 12 credits may be earned in any combination of these courses.