Psychology B.A.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact: Mark B. Alcorn, Ph.D., Director

Location: McKee Hall 0014

Telephone: 970.351.2957

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/psychsci

 

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

 

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The School of Psychological Sciences offers a quality, comprehensive, and coherent program. Students learn the research methods and core theories employed by psychologists. Students are also exposed to the diversity of psychology through a range of elective courses. The variety of courses offered permits students to choose a set of psychology courses that are related to their interests and career goals. Students participate in a field experience in which they work in a supervised psychology-related setting.

We are home to an active chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students. Psi Chi works closely with the program faculty and provides social and preprofessional opportunities to qualifying students. Also, we strongly encourage high achieving students with an affinity for research and an interest in graduate school to consider applying to the University Honors Program.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • A maximum of 24 semester credits may be transferred to the major from other institutions.
  • Psychology students must have a minimum of 9 upper division credits (300-400 level) while in residence in order to graduate.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 3 credits

LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

PSY 120Principles of Psychology

3

Remaining LAC — 37

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 40 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PSY 200Psychological Statistics and Design

3

PSY 300Research Methods in Psychology

3

PSY 380Introduction to Physiological Psychology

3

PSY 491Psychology Field Experience

1 - 6

PSY 491: minimum 3 credits

Choose one of the following options:

BIO 100Exploring Biology

3

and

BIO 105Exploring Biology Lab

1

or

BIO 110Principles of Biology

4

or

BIO 245Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIO 100, BIO 105, and BIO 110: (LAC area 6)

Foundation Group

Choose two of the following courses:

PSY 230Human Growth and Development

3

PSY 255Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 265Social Psychology

3

PSY 230 and PSY 265: (LAC area 5.c.)

Experimental Group

Choose one of the following courses:

PSY 341Principles of Learning

3

PSY 375Sensation and Perception

3

PSY 440Cognition

3

PSY 443Motivation

3

Social/Developmental Group

Choose one of the following courses:

PSY 330Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

PSY 331Maturity and Aging

3

PSY 365Psychology and the Law

3

PSY 467Psychology of Prejudice

3

Choose 12 additional credits from the following courses:

Any additional courses from the above groups. (For example, if you satisfied the foundation group requirement with PSY 230 and PSY 255, you may select PSY 265 to help you reach the required 24 elective credits.)

Any additional psychology course with the PSY designation.

PSY 271Psychological Testing and Measurements

3

PSY 280Psychology of Human Sexuality

3

PSY 323Health Psychology

3

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

3

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

PSY 350Theories of Personality

3

PSY 366Industrial Psychology

3

PSY 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

PSY 475Evolution and Behavior

3

PSY 492Instructional Aide

1 - 3

PSY 493Practicum in Psychology

1 - 3

PSY 495Special Topics in Psychology

1-5

Electives from outside the PSY designation. (No more than 6 credits of the following courses may be included in the major as electives.)

APCE 468Psychology of Women

2

GERO 455Grant Development and Administration

3

HUSR 397Rehabilitation of the Substance Abuser

3

SES 333Psychological Analysis of Sports Exercise and Physical Activity

3

Majors Only Seminars (Juniors or above, 3.0 cumulative grade point average and above)

PSY 401Advanced Research Methods

3

PSY 407Introduction to Counseling Theories

3

PSY 430Developmental Disabilities and Psychopathology

3

PSY 460Clinical Psychology

3

PSY 481Advanced Physiological Psychology

3

PSY 482Behavioral Genetics

3

Graduate Classes (Juniors or above, 3.0 grade point average and above)

PSY 530Life Span Developmental Psychology

3

PSY 540Theories and Principles of Learning

3

PSY 550Cognitive Development

3

PSY 575Educational Assessment

3

PSY 580Psychopharmacology

3

PSY 590Seminar in History and Systems

3

PSY 595Special Topics in Psychology

1 - 5

Additional credits of PSY 491, Field Experience (6 credits maximum).

PSY 491Psychology Field Experience

1 - 6

3. University-Wide Credits — 40 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 40 credits.

Accelerated (4 + 1) Psychology B.A. and Educational Psychology M.A.

Motivated and high-achieving students may seek to complete the requirements for the B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology in five years. To obtain both degrees, students must complete all the requirements for the B.A. described in the Undergraduate Catalog and all of the requirements for the M.A. described in the Graduate Catalog. Completing the requirements for both degrees in the accelerated Master's program is made possible by taking 9 credits of graduate course work in the junior and senior years (paid for at the undergraduate tuition rate). These 9 credit hours will be counted towards both the B.A. and M.A. degree requirements. Students remain eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate; any Graduate School aid is not available until students are admitted as a Graduate student.

Students interested in transferring into an accelerated Master’s Program must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to take graduate-level courses as a junior or senior.
  • Meet with the program’s advisor in their junior year, apply (following the same procedure and meeting the same requirements as other M.A. applicants). Full admission is dependent on completing the B.A. requirements in the senior year while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students and faculty identify the graduate courses the students should take. The program application will be signed and forwarded to the Graduate School with signatures of the program advisor indicating the approval of graduate course transfer.