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. Students are expected to read the catalog to determine requirements for the degree they are seeking. Students are responsible for knowing the program requirements.
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. Andrew Sellers [email@example.com; (423) 439-4476] for advising.
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org; (423) 439-6656].
General Program Information
To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established 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 outlined in the following list:
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
Listed below are 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, only those courses are listed 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:
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.
Complete one of the following:
Complete one of the following:
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.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
6 credits, consisting of two of the following:
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.
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. No grade of C- or below will be accepted in psychology major courses that begin with the PSYC prefix.
And must take the following zero credit course six times:
Total Core Psychology Hours: 32 Credit Hours
Core Allied Requirements for All Psychology Concentrations: 9-10 Credit Hours
* May count toward general education requirements.
Total for Core Allied Hours: 9-10 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. Students in the Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration and the Clinical Psychological Science Concentration should choose BIOL 1110/1111 or BIOL 1120/1121.
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
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 ***
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.