Experimental Psychology, B.A.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of theory and research in the core areas of psychology and demonstrate their ability to apply them beyond the laboratory.
Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize scientific methodology and psychological principles in the critical evaluation of information in the public domain.
Graduates will review and synthesize data from multiple sources and prepare and present data based reports.
Students will demonstrate preparedness for careers based on the foundations of social and behavioral science and/or graduate study.
Basic Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degrees (120 Hours)
Note: Bachelorof Arts degreesrequire 120 hours. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees require additional hours; see Program ofStudyfor major requirements.
Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements
Cognate or Minor Requirements (optional for BAIS majors)
Note: BachelorofFine Arts (BFA) degrees follow General Education Requirements for the BA except where specified inPrograms of Study for major requirements.
CMW: CarolinaCoreEffective,EngagedandPersuasiveCommunication:Writing (6 Hours)
• Must be passed with agradeof C orhigher.
ARP: CarolinaCore Analytical ReasoningandProblem-Solving(6-8 Hours)
SCI: CarolinaCoreScientific Literacy (8Hours)
• Two 4-credithour laboratory science courses.
It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college- level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.
Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:
AIU: CarolinaCoreAestheticand Interpretive Understanding (3Hours)
Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements:
Other Required GeneralEducation Courses from the College of Arts andSciences
Bachelor of Arts degrees require 3 Hours in the fine arts. (May be taken as Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding.)
Bachelor of Arts degrees require an additional 9 Hours in the fine arts or humanities.
Students planning a major in psychology are advised to take basicsciencecreditsin biology andchemistryor physics. This isespecially important for those contemplating graduate work.
The following prerequisites mayalsofulfill General Education and/or Elective requirements:
A minimum grade of C isrequiredinall major courses.
PSYC 420 - Survey of Developmental Psychology
PSYC 430 - Survey of Social Psychology
PSYC 465 - Health Psychology
PSYC 487 - Community Psychology
PSYC 410 - Survey of Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 440 - Survey of Personality
PSYC 510 - Abnormal Behavior in Children
PSYC 450 - Sensation and Perception
PSYC 460 - Physiological Psychology
PSYC 503 - Psychology of Drug Use and Effects
PSYC 507 - Cognitive Neuroscience
Select 3 hours from PSYC 300 or above
Select 6 hours from PSYC 400 or above
Select 3 hours from PSYC 500 or above
A maximumof6 hours of independent study (PSYC 498), individual research (PSYC 598, PSYC 599), and/or practicum (PSYC 489) courses may apply as major credit.
Major Prerequisites (7 Hours)
The following prerequisites may also fulfill General Education and/or Elective requirements:
Major Requirements (32 Hours)
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.
Required Courses (8 Hours)
Select 1 course from the following:
Additional Electives (12 Hours)
No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences.The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail optionon elective courses. Further clarification oninapplicable courses can be obtained from theCollege of Arts and Sciences.
The cognate isintended to support the course work in the major. The cognate must consist of twelve (12) hoursofcoursesat the advanced level, outside ofbutrelated to the major. The cognate may be taken in one ormoredepartments or programs,depending onthe interestsof the student and the judgment of the advisor.
Courses offered by departments andprograms that are acceptable for cognate credit are outlined in the section titledCourses Acceptable for Cognate Credit inDegreeProgramsin the Collegeof Arts andSciences.
For cognatecourse offerings inother colleges, consult the appropriate sections of this bulletin. Some major programs havespecific cognate requirements.
It should be emphasized that the cognateisnotasecond set ofelective coursesto be chosen at randomby the student. The cognate must be approved by the major advisor as being related to the major field of study. Students are urgedtoconsulttheir major advisors for specific requirements in their major.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the cognate. ForBachelorof Arts degrees, all cognate coursesmustbe passed with agrade of C or higher.
In place of the cognate a student in the College of Arts and Sciences may choose a minor consisting of at least 18credit hours of prescribed courses. (Some minors in the sciences require a minimum of 16 hours.) The subject area of the minormayberelated to the major. Students pursuing interdisciplinary minorswho wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the CollegeCommitteeon Scholastic Standards and Petitions forpermissiontodoso.
The minoris intended to develop a coherent basicpreparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate inasmuch asthe courses mustbe concentrated in one area and must follow a structured sequence. Interdisciplinary minors canbe designed withthe approval of the assistant dean for academic affairs and advising.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University.
A listof minor programsofstudycanbefoundatPrograms A-Z.
Please note that changes in programs of the Experimental Psychology BA, Experimental Psychology BS, and the Neuroscience minor, new course proposals for PSYC 455 and PSYC 480, course name and description change for PSYC 460 and PSYC 560, course name change for PSYC 510, 510, and 570, and prerequisite changes for PSYC 503, 507 and 571 are all linked to each other. The Neuroscience minor program change reflects a name change in BIOL 635 which has also been proposed.
Justification: The term “Physiological Psychology” dates from the 1960’s and is no longer used by anyone in the field. The Department of Psychology have majors who have different backgrounds; some are more science-oriented and others tend to have more of an applied interest. We are proposing to add a new course so that there are two courses focusing on the brain but with the two different orientations emphasized. The new PSYC 455 Introduction to Neuroscience course would be part of the Neuroscience minor in addition to being part of the Psychology major. The PSYC 460 course would cover brain and behavior from a more applied perspective. There would be less of an emphasis on the neurochemistry and neurophysiology that requires a science background.
Students in the Psychology major may only count either PSYC 455 or PSYC 460 towards the major. There is overlap in the learning objectives.
In addition, the new course PSYC 480 should be allowed as an option in the group that originally had PSYC 420, 430, 465, and 487.
This course will prepare students to use principles of psychological science to explore and analyze diverse cultures. This is a critical topic that is not currently covered in a dedicated course in the Psychology curriculum.
PSYC 410 and 510 are both courses with name changes that are currently slated for the 2017 Bulletin and so the names have been updated in the system.
minor formatting edits to updated Bulletin information
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