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2014-2015 University Catalog 
    
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychological Sciences, BS


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About the Program

The Psychological Sciences Major provides a broad foundation in psychology, but also provides maximum flexibility in psychology course selection. Students learn about applied and basic aspects of psychology as well as have a chance to take advance courses that give an authentic experience in diverse areas of psychology. This major leaves plenty of space for additional courses in other areas of interest or even allows a minor or double major. This program is often chosen by students interested in careers as therapists or in other human services areas, or by students who plan careers that require only a Bachelor’s degree.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Psychological Sciences  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

PSYSCI-BS
PSYS
120 credits

Psychological Sciences Core (University Foundational Learning Outcomes) (12-30 credits)


Written Communication


select from University list

Recommend:

Information Literacy


select from University list (IF one of the following is selected for Written Communication core, this requirement is fulfilled)

Oral Communication


select from University list

Recommend:

Science


select from University list (IF course is also on Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology [NSMIT] list, NSMIT Selective is partially fulfilled)

Science


select from University list (IF course is also on Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology [NSMIT] list, NSMIT Selective is partially fulfilled)

Humanities


select from University list

Behavior/Social Science


fulfilled by:

Quantitative Reasoning


Science, Technology & Society


select from University list (IF course is also on Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology [NSMIT] list, NSMIT Selective is partially fulfilled)

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


https://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Selective Requirements (18-42 credits)


  • 10100 Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Foreign Language - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 10200 (Proficiency through 20200 in one language) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - semester of study abroad or select from list - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective - select from list - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective - select from list: must be from Group 1 - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 5.00 *
  • Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective - select from list: must have lab component unless Group 1 course has lab - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 5.00 *
  • Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective - select from list - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 5.00 *
  • Social Ethics Selective - select from list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Note


*The three Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective courses must total at least 9 credits.

Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selectives may fulfill Science and/or Science, Technology & Society Core (3 core courses required) if selected courses are on University lists.

Courses that fulfill Psychological Sciences Core requirements may also be used to fulfill Selective requirements, if applicable.

Courses that fulfill major requirements (Areas A-D) may also be used to fulfill Selective requirements, if applicable.

A grade of “C-” or better is required for all courses used to fulfill the requirements of Areas A-D


A minimum 2.50 GPA for pre-major courses is required for admission to the Psychological Sciences major


Students may attempt each pre-major course twice for admission purposes. Withdrawals with a grade of “W” do not count as an attempt; withdrawals with a grade of “WF” do count as an attempt.

Distance Learning (online) courses not originating on the Purdue-W.L. campus (i.e. not taught by Purdue W.L. faculty) cannot be used toward the pre-major or major requirements, and at least 75% of the courses in Areas A-D for the major must be taken on the Purdue-W.L. campus.

A) Courses required to satisfy pre-major requirements (12 credits)


Note


*These courses must be taken at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

B) Select three additional courses from the following groups (9 credits)


Including the Area B course used to fulfill pre-major requirements, two courses must be from Group B1 and two from Group B2.

C) Select five additional 3-credit PSY courses numbered 30000-59900 (15 credits)


PSY 31400  & PSY 35000  may NOT be used to fulfill the Area C requirement, and only one of the following 3-credit courses may be used: (Depending on courses selected, PSY courses in this section may also fulfill some Selective Requirements)

D) Select two additional 3-credit PSY courses numbered 20000-59900 (6 credits)


The following may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement.

Electives (6-48 credits)


Note


At least 32 credits of coursework required at 300 level or higher.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Psychological Sciences Selective Requirements Lists


Cultural/International Diversity (3-16 CR)


Proficiency through Level IV in one language (3-16 cr)

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

AND one semester study abroad OR 3 credits from:

Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Information Technology (9 CR)


One laboratory component required (indicated by •) and at least one course from Group 1.

Group 2


Note


BSS = Human Cultures: Behavior/Social Sciences Core
H = Humanities Core
QR = Quantitative Reasoning Core
S = Science Core
STS = Science, Technology & Society Core

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


Fall Semester

15 Credits


Spring 1st Year


Spring Semester

  • PSY Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written Com. Core (ENGL 10600  recom.) - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Foreign Language Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 **
  • Sci/Math/InfoTech Selective + Sci. Core - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


Fall Semester

15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


Spring Semester

15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


Fall Semester

  • PSY Area B1 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Sci/ Math/InfoTech Selective + STS Core - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


Spring Semester

  • PSY Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY Area D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Cultural/Internatl Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ****
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ****
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


Fall Semester

  • PSY Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY Area D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


Spring Semester

  • PSY Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ****
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note


*Typical credits shown, but will vary with specific course selections; 120 total credits required. At least 32 of these credits must be courses taken at Purdue and numbered 30000 or higher.

**Depending on placement, requirement might require fewer than 4 semesters to complete.

***Assumes Selective and Core requirement will be fulfilled with one appropriately selected course. Requirements can be separated, if student prefers.

****Includes course option that can cover two or more requirements concurrently.

STS = Science, Technology & Society

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course


Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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