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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychological Science (B.A.)

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Bulletin/Catalog Year 2017-2018

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Location:  Clement Bldg., Room 205
Phone:  931-221-7233


Description of Major

Psychological Science is the science of behavior and mental processes. The objective of the program is to provide the student with a firm foundation in basic psychology. This includes knowledge of basic content areas, as well as the skills fundamental to all areas of psychology. The Department of Psychological Science and Counseling has adopted the APA undergraduate psychology major learning goals and outcomes which cover:

Knowledge base of psychology
Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
Professional Development

A student completing the major in psychological science should be able to

Conduct a search of psychological literature;
Read and understand journal articles;
Evaluate hypotheses or theories on the basis of empirical data;
Design and conduct a research study; and
Write a paper following APA style.

Psychological Science majors may access a tentative two-year schedule, four-year plan, major & core requirements and the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook at This list represents the courses as the department hopes to offer them and is provided to help students with long-term planning. Psychological Science majors are required to meet with their advisors during pre-registration to ensure on-course tracking and successful fulfillment of graduation requirements.  A departmental exit exam is required the last semester before graduation. August graduates will take the exit exam during May graduation period.

General Education Core


  Credit Hours
see Common Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1
Foreign Language 6

Major’s Pre-requisites from General Education Core

MATH 1530 - Elements of Statistics  is a pre-requisite for PSY 2010 - Behavioral Statistics  . It satisfies the General Education Core for Math and meets the pre-requisite for PSY 2010.

Major Requirements that Satisfy General Education Core

PSY 1010 - General Psychology  is required for the major and satisfies one of the required Social and Behavioral Science in the General Education Core.

Major Core Requirements

Major Guided Electives

Total Hours 15

Psychological Science

Lower Division Courses

Total Hours 3

Upper Division Courses

Any other upper division Psychological Science course

Total Hours 12-15

Optional Electives

One (1) Psychological Science elective is allowed at the lower division level.

Total Hours 3

Total Program Hours 120

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