Psychology Classes and Curriculum

The psychology curriculum is designed to enhance opportunities for students to take a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to learning about psychology. The courses in the first year and early in the second year expose students to broad areas of knowledge in the humanities, mathematics, writing, and sciences. Foundational psychology courses and our orientation course focus on establishing a knowledge base upon which the student can begin to build an inquiry-based experience. Advisors work with students to initiate the psychology portfolio and explain the research and capstone experiences required of all students in the major.

In the second year, students begin to develop applied research experience during our 8-credit course sequence in research design and statistics. Throughout the second and third years, students are exposed to the core disciplines of psychology and may choose to focus their major curriculum by developing an academic concentration area or minor and research skills. The student works with his/her faculty advisor to develop the minor or concentration area, selecting from approved University minor programs or suggested program concentration areas. Students are not required to develop a concentration area or minor.

The inquiry-based approach is emphasized in the third and fourth years. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select psychology and elective courses that best satisfy personal interests and career goals. By the end of year three (i.e., the sixth semester), the capstone project must be approved and may be initiated as early as the spring semester of the third year. In year four, the capstone project is completed and advanced program electives embrace and build upon core disciplines of psychology and related areas introduced in the first three years. All fourth-year students participate in a fourth-year senior seminar that includes review, analysis, discussion, and formal oral presentation of the capstone projects.

The following is a typical curriculum for psychology students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2015; current students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

General Biology I, II
Health Psychology Orientation
Introduction to Psychology
Philosophy of Psychology
Physical Education I, II
Communication (Written & Oral) Discipline Requirements
Mathematics Discipline Requirements

Second Year

Biological Psychology
Health Psychology or Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Human Development
Research Design and Statistical Analysis I, II
Humanities Discipline Requirement
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
Psychology Core Requirement
Social Sciences Discipline Requirement

Third Year

Health Psychology or Cognitive Psychology
Advanced Psychology Requirement
Communication (Written & Oral) Requirement
General Education Electives
Humanities Discipline Requirement
Psychology Core Requirements

Fourth Year

Independent Study in Psychology or Internship in Psychology or Directed Research in Psychology
Psychology Seminar
Advanced Electives
Advanced Psychology Requirements
General Education Elective
Psychology Core Requirements

Additional general education courses are required as part of the program.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the psychology curriculum, see the University Catalog.

University Catalog
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