College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Program Information
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.
Advising–Academic and professional advising is recommended for all psychology majors. Psychology majors with fewer than 60 credit hours are advised in the Advisement Resource Center (ARC) in the Culp Center. After attaining 60 hours, students should visit the psychology office to be assigned an advisor. Students are expected to read the catalog to determine requirements for the degree they are seeking. Students are responsible for knowing the program 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.
General Program Information
To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:
University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements
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.
Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120
TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours
Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR 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, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.
Complete both of the following:
Complete one of the following:
Humanities and Fine Arts
9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.
Complete one of the following:
Complete one of the following:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
6 credits, consisting of two of the following:
6 credits, consisting of both of the following:
Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following*:
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:
Behavioral Neuroscience 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.
And must take the following zero credit course six times:
Total Core Psychology Hours: 32 Credit Hours
Core Allied Requirements for All Psychology Concentrations: 9 Credit Hours
* May count toward general education requirements.
Total for Core Allied Hours: 9 credits
Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration:
Additional Allied Requirements for Behavioral Neuroscience:
Take one of the following: *
* Other courses may be accepted with the approval of the Department of Psychology chair.
Recommended Allied Courses for Behavioral Neuroscience: *
*May count toward general education requirements or electives.
Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 120 Credit Hours
General Education: 41-42 Credit Hours *
Psychology Core: 32 Credit Hours
Allied Core: 6 Credit Hours
B.A./B.S. Requirements: 6 Credit Hours
Concentration: 10-37 Credit Hours
Minor Requirements: 0-24 Credit Hours ***
Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 120 Credit Hours **
* Satisfies TBR General Education Requirements.
** Included within program requirements.
*** Some concentrations have a built-in minor.
Click here to view the Suggested Course Sequence for all B.S. Psychology Majors .
No grade of C- or below will be accepted in psychology major courses.
Psychology majors also are required to complete a minor in another discipline. Students completing the following concentrations will automatically complete the coursework sufficient for the indicated minor:
|Child Psychological Science
||Early Childhood Development
Teaching Program Information
Teacher Education–Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a psychology teacher in grades 7-12 are asked to contact the area psychology advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall, College of Education.
Pre-Teacher Education–Declaration of Intent-All ETSU students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework have been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.
Please refer to the Professional Education Requirement section in the Department of Education in this catalog for a list of the required courses.