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Department of Psychology


Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Education: Psychology, and the Psychology Minor

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree requires 41 hours and the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree requires 40 hours of psychology. 29 hours are specified by the department plus 12 elective hours for the BS or 11 elective hours for the BA. Both curricula require PY490 Undergraduate Internship in Psychology. Click here to access the Internship Psychology Handbook.

Mission Statement and Standards

The mission of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degrees is to produce graduates who think scientifically, creatively, and ethically about behavior and cognitive processes and express themselves clearly in their oral and written presentations to others.

Standard 1. Our students will demonstrate a broad knowledge base in psychology.

              A. Content domain knowledge in psychological testing, learning, abnormal   

                  psychology, cognition, developmental psychology

              B. Research Methods/Statistics

              C. History and Systems of Psychology

              D. Information gathering

              E. Electives to include social psychology, brain and behavior, theories of

                 personality, sensation and perception, theories of motivation, introduction

                 to industrial/organizational psychology

Standard 2. Our students will demonstrate the skills to be scientific and creative thinkers while exercising sound judgment. 

              A. Logic (deduction, induction, synthesis)

              B. Judgment

              C. Intuition

              D. Information literacy–discerning factual information from propaganda

Standard 3. Our students will demonstrate the skills to be clear writers and articulate presenters.

              A. Writing

              B. Presenting

Standard 4.  Our students will demonstrate understanding of diverse views and values as well as of ethical standards in the use of human and animal participants.

              A. Human diversity

              B. Ethical basis for making judgments

              C. Treatment of human and animal participants

              D. APA’s ethical guidelines

Standard 5. Our students will demonstrate the intrapersonal skills of self-reflection and self-assessment.

              A. Self-reflection

              B. Self-assessment

REQUIRED COURSES

Course #

Title

Hours

Frequency Offered

Suggested Year

PY102

Introduction to the Psychology Major

1

F

Sp

 

Freshman

 

OR

 

 

 

 

 

PY502

Professional Psychologist

1

 

Sp

 

Junior

PY210

Psychology of Development

3

F

Sp

 

Freshman

PY300

Descriptive Research and Statistics

3

F

Sp

 

Sophomore

PY301

Experimental Research and Inferential Statistics

3

F

Sp

 

Sophomore

PY322

Learning

3

 

Sp

Su

Junior

PY343

Cognitive Psychology

3

F

 

Su

Senior

PY401

Foundations of Psychology

3

 

Sp

Su

Senior

PY427

Abnormal Psychology

3

F

Sp

Su

Junior

PY440

Psychological Testing

3

F

Sp

 

Junior

PY490

Undergraduate Internship

4

F

Sp

Su

Senior

ELECTIVE COURSES

Graduate School/Science Track                   Allied Health/Business Track

Course #

Course

Hours

Offered

 

Course #

Course

Hours

Offered

PY333

Social Psychology

3

F, Sp

 

PY323

Culture & Psychology

3

Irregular

PY540

Drugs and Behavior 3 some Su  

PY334

Educational Psychologist

2

Irregular

PY560

Physiological Psychology

3

F even years

 

PY333

Social Psychology

3

F, Sp

PY570

Sensation and Perception

3

F odd years

 

PY370

Psychology of Mental Retardation

3

irregular

PY502

Professional Psychologist

1

Sp

 

PY432

Intro to I/O Psychology

3

Sp

PY506

Methods for Teaching Psych

3

F

 

PY502

Professional Psychologist

1

Sp

PY520

Statistics I

3

F, Sp

 

PY506

Methods for Teaching Psych

3

F

PY600

Advanced General Psych

3

F

  PY540

Special Topics

1-3

some Su 

PY624

Theories of Motivation

3

some Su

 

PY626

Theories of Personality

3

F

PY626

Theories of Personality

3

F

 

PY506

Methods for Teaching Psych

3

Alternating F

PY303

Special Topics

1-3

 

 

PY303

Special Topics

1-3

 

PY403

Independent Study

1-3

   

PY403

Independent Study

1-3

 

PY540

Special Topics

1-3

   

SD550

Survey of Exceptionality

3

F, Sp, Su

Additional Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree

1. Those students under the current general education requirements complete the general education core requirements and the following degree requirements:

a. Take 10 hours of one foreign language

b. Take both Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Literature

c. An introductory course in computers or computer programming is recommended.

2. The student must complete the major prescribed by the department and a second program of study with a minimum of 12 hours.

Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

1. The student must complete the major prescribed by the department and complete 15 or more hours in a related or supporting field.

Additional Information

1. A student graduating with a psychology major or minor must have a minimum grade of C for all psychology courses on the degree contract.

2. PY100 is taken as a general education requirement.

3. For both degrees, some courses are offered only certain semesters. Plan carefully.

4. The department encourages students to get involved in research and/or as a volunteer in settings that will provide the student with practical experience, and perhaps academic credit. Consult your advisor or faculty members about the opportunities.

To graduate from Emporia State, you must:

1. earn a total of at least 124 semester hours in courses numbered 100 and above, with no more than four of the 124 hours coming from physical education activity courses.

2. complete the general education requirements for the degree.

3. complete the major requirements of the department.

4. complete at least 45 hours of course work numbered 300 or above.

5. have established residency requirements by earning a total of 75 hours of resident credit or earned 30 of the final 45 hours in residence. In both cases, six of the final twelve hours must be in residence.

6. complete at least 60 hours at a four-year college or university.

7. earn a minimum of four hours in a major or teaching field and two hours in a minor at ESU.

8. obtain a GPA of at least 2.00 on all work and at least 2.00 on work taken at ESU.

9. pass all competency examinations required in the field of study.

Bachelor of Science in Education: Psychology Teaching Field (24 hours)

At Emporia State University, the Secondary Education major selecting the Psychology teaching field must select another teaching field. The Psychology teaching field requires 24 hours to be licensed as a teacher.

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

Suggested Year

PY300 Descriptive Research and Statistics

3

Fa

Sp

 

Sophomore

PY301 Experimental Research and Inferential Statistics

3

Fa

Sp

 

Junior

PY322 Learning

3

 

Sp

Su

Junior

PY333 Social Psychology

3

Fa

Sp

 

Junior

PY401 Foundations of Psychology

3

 

Sp

Su

Senior

PY427 Abnormal Psychology

3

Fa

Sp

Su

Junior

PY440 Psychological Testing

3

Fa

Sp

 

Sophomore

PY506 Methods for Teaching Psychology

3

Fa

   

Senior

Additional Information

The Psychology teaching field prepares the student to teach psychology at the secondary level. This plan consists of 24 hours of required courses.

1. Students graduating with a psychology teaching field must have a minimum grade of C for all courses on their degree contract. Teacher education candidates must have a C or better in certain additional courses listed in the current University catalog. In addition, the minimum GPA for subject matter coursework is 2.75.

2. PY100 Introductory Psychology and PY211 Developmental Psychology are taken as general education requirements.

3. In the Psychology teaching field, PY506 Methods for Teaching Psychology is to be taken before student teaching.

4. SD550 Survey of Exceptionality is required of all BSE Secondary Education majors.

5. Some courses are offered only certain semesters. Plan carefully.

6. The department encourages students to get involved in research and/or as a volunteer in settings that will provide a student with practical experience and perhaps academic credit. Consult with your advisor or faculty members about the opportunities.

To graduate from Emporia State with a bachelor's degree, you must:

1. earn a total of at least 124 semester hours in courses numbered 100 and above, with no more than four of the 124 hours coming from physical education activity courses.

2. complete the general education requirements for the degree.

3. complete the general education requirements of the Department of Psychology.

4. complete at least 45 hours of course work numbered 300 or above.

5. have established residency requirements by earning a total of 75 hours of resident credit or earned 30 of the final 45 hours in residence. In both cases, six of the final twelve hours must be in residence.

6. complete at least 60 hours at a four-year college or university.

7. earn a minimum of four hours in a major or teaching field and two hours in a minor at ESU.

8. have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 when one is a candidate for a teacher education degree. (See the catalog for exceptions granted with high PPST scores)

9. pass all competency examinations required in the field of study.

Psychology Minor

General Information

The basic requirements for the minor are listed below. The total number of credit hours required is 18. Go to the Psychology Advising and Career Information Center (Visser Hall 311) to complete a minor contract.

 

Required Courses - 15 hours

Courses

Hours

Frequency

Offered

PY210 Psychology of Development

PY343 Cognitive Psychology or PY322 Learning

PY427 Abnormal Psychology

PY440 Psychological Testing

3

3

3

3

F Sp

F/Su or Sp/Su

F Sp Su

F Sp

Elective Courses - 6 hours (excluding PY 100 and PY 334)

Courses

Hours

Frequency Offered

PY101 Introductory Psychology Lab

PY230 Applied Psychology

PY300 Descriptive Research and Statistics in Psychology

PY333 Social Psychology

PY343 Cognitive Psychology or PY322 Learning

PY370 Psychology of Mental Retardation

PY401 Foundations of Psychology

PY403 Independent Study

PY432 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PY502 Professional Psychologist

PY506 Methods for Teaching Psychology

PY540 Special Topics in Psychology

PY624 Theories of Motivation

PY626 Theories of Personality

1

2

3

3

3

3

3

1-3

3

1

3

1-3

3

3

F Sp

F Sp

F Sp

F Sp

F Sp Su

Irregular

Sp Su

F Sp Su

Sp

Sp

F

Su

some Su

F

NOTE: Students graduating as psychology majors or minors or with a psychology teaching field must have a minimum grade of C for all courses on their contract. PY100 is taken as a general education requirement.