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    East Tennessee State University
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology


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(PSYC)
Box 70649
Phone: (423) 439-4424
Web Address:
www.etsu.edu/cas/psychology

The primary goals of the Department of Psychology are to encourage and support the scientific investigation of behavior and mental processes. The department’s undergraduate curriculum provides general and intensive courses of study within psychology, with concentrations in general psychology, behavioral neuroscience, cognitive science, clinical psychological science, and child psychological science. All programs of study provide a well-rounded education within psychology, both for students interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate employment in psychological and human service related professions, and for students interested in pursuing postgraduate study in psychology and related fields.

In addition to the requirements listed, a student majoring in psychology must complete requirements for the General Education Core and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for the B.A. or B.S., listed in this catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Pre-med preparation when majoring in psychology: Students planning to apply to medical school may meet ETSU’s pre-med requirements with only a few additional courses beyond those required for a major in psychology. Students interested in this option should meet with the psychology advisor in the CASE and the Medical Professions Advisement Office. Beginning in 2015, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) was revised to include an entire section (25%) on the biopsychosocial factors that influence health outcomes.  As noted on the AAMC website, the “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section emphasizes concepts that tomorrow’s doctors need to know in order to serve an increasingly diverse population and have a clear understanding of the impact of behavior on health.”  Thus, for the first time, admittance into medical schools depends in large part on the core foundations that are the mainstay of psychology, and that can be found in the psychology major at ETSU.  Also, 25% of the new MCAT tests for competence in “basic research methods and statistics concepts,” which are foundational training in the ETSU psychology major.

Advising

Students with 0-89 earned credit hours:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website (http://www.etsu.edu/cas/case/) or call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 90 or more earned credit hours:

Contact Dr. Eric Sellers [sellers@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4476] for advising.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in psychology should contact Contact Dr. Eric Sellers [sellers@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4476] for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Graduate Study-The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in psychology with concentrations in clinical psychology and experimental psychology. Further information on graduate programs is provided in the Graduate Catalog.

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