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    East Tennessee State University
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology Major, B.S. (General Psychology Concentration)


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College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Psychology Program Information


(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, clinical psychological science, child psychological science, and heatlh professions. 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. Students are expected to read the catalog to determine requirements for the degree they are seeking. Students are responsible for knowing the program requirements.

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 the chair of the department 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.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Wallace Dixon, Chair [dixonw@etsu.edu; (423) 439-6656].

General Program Information


To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements


Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120


College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements


Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  as specified by major.
   
Natural Sciences Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following:
  1. ASTR 1010  and ASTR 1020  
  2. BIOL 1010  /BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020  /BIOL 1021  
  3. BIOL 1110  /BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120  /BIOL 1121  or BIOL 1130  /BIOL 1131  
  4. CHEM 1110  /CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1120  /CHEM 1121  
  5. GEOL 1040 /GEOL 1041  and GEOL 1050 /GEOL 1051  
  6. PHYS 2010  /PHYS 2011  and PHYS 2020  /PHYS 2021  or PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120  
  * Higher-level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.
   
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640  
   
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320  *
  * SPCH 2320  suggested to also meet the oral communication requirement.

 

General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours


Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
 

Communication


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition


Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication


Note: Other courses from this block are acceptable, but this course satisfies the Reasoning requirement for the BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Humanities and Fine Arts


9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Humanities


Note: Other courses from this block are acceptable, but this course satisfies the Philosophy of Science requirement for the BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Note:


Other courses from this block are acceptable, but PSYC 1310  will satisfy an elective for the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement and is a requirement of the Psychology core curriculum.

History


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences


Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following*:

Note:


Other courses from this block are acceptable, but BIOL 1010 BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020 BIOL 1021  or BIOL 1110 BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120 BIOL 1121  satisfy the General Education Natural Sciences requirement and successful completion of one of the above is a requirement of the Clinical Psychological Science concentration curriculum.

Mathematics


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

3 - 4 credits, consisting of one of the following:

General Psychology Concentration


Psychology Core Requirements for All Psychology Concentrations: 32 Credit Hours


The following courses are required in this program of study. Some can also be used to fulfill certain General Education requirements. If students take other general education courses, they must still satisfy these requirements in the major. No grade of C- or below will be accepted in the psychology major courses that begin with the PSYC prefix. 

One of the following:


And must take the following zero credit course six times:


  • PSYC 2020 - Psychological Speaker Series (0 credits)
  • Note: The number of times PSYC 2020 must be taken may be reduced depending on how many credit hours a student has earned at the time the major in Psychology is declared.

Total Core Psychology Hours: 32 Credit Hours


Core Allied Requirements for All Psychology Concentrations: 9-10 Credit Hours


Note:


* May count toward general education requirements.

Total for Core Allied Hours: 9-10 credits


General Psychology Concentration:


  • PSYC Electives (6 credits)

Note:


* May count toward general education requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 120 Credit Hours


General Education: 41-42 Credit Hours *


Research: **


Psychology Core: 32 Credit Hours


Allied Core: 6 Credit Hours


B.A./B.S. Requirements: 6 Credit Hours


The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least one foreign language course with a number of 2020 or higher with a grade of at least C-. Students may need prerequisites that could include courses numbered 1010, 1020, and/or 2010 to prepare for success in 2020.

Concentration: 10-37 Credit Hours


Minor Requirements: 0-24 Credit Hours ***


Electives: 0-28


Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 120 Credit Hours **


Graduation in this major/concentration requires a minimum of 120 credits, including General Education requirements, CSCI 1100 , college degree requirements, major requirements, and minor requirements. Passing the CSCI 1100 proficiency test produces no credit, but satisfies the graduation requirement (see http://www.cs.etsu.edu/academics/proficiency). If the total credits from these areas are less than 120 credits, students may use free electives to complete the requirement.  

* Satisfies TBR General Education Requirements.

** Included within program requirements.

*** Some concentrations have a built-in minor.

Additional Information


Click here to view the Suggested Course Sequence for all B.S. Psychology Majors .

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