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2016-2017 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.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Psychological Sciences  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

PSYSCI-BS
PSYS
120 credits

Major Requirements (36 credits)


A cumulative GPA of 2.3 is required for all PSY courses used to meet major (Areas A-C) requirements

Note


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

B) Select two courses from each of the following groups (12 credits)


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


PSY 31400  & PSY 35000  may NOT be used to fulfill requirement.  Only one of the following 3-credit courses may be used: (PSY courses in this section may also fulfill some Selective Requirements)

Required Courses in Other Departments (18-67 credits)


Cultural/International Diversity Selective (0 -16 credits) *
The Cultural/International Diversity requirement may be met by completing ONE of the following options:

Option 1.  Proficiency through level IV in any one foreign language.

  • 10100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

Option 2.  Proficiency through level III in any one foreign language AND a course from Cultural/International Diversity Selective list.

  • 10100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • select a course from Cultural/International Diversity Selective list

Option 3.  Two courses in any one foreign language AND an approved study abroad experience of at least 6 weeks in duration, which

a) Must take place outside the United States

b) Have significant immersion in the local culture and language independent of any U.S.-based program in which the student may be participating.

  • 10100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Study Abroad Experience

Option 4.  An approved semester length (Fall/Spring) study abroad experience

a) Must take place outside the United States

b) Have significant immersion in the local culture and language independent of any U.S.-based program in which the student may be participating.

  • Study Abroad Experience

*The Cultural/International Diversity Selective requirement may be waived for international students. See academic advisor for guidelines and approval

Select from list for each


  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective (IF PSY 27200  is selected for PSYS Major Area B, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective (NSM&IT) - select from Group 1 list (IF [S] course is chosen, one Science Core requirement will be fulfilled) - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 4.00*
  • Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective (NSM&IT) - (IF [S] course is chosen, one Science Core requirement will be fulfilled) - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 5.00*
  • Natural Sciences, Math & Information Technology Selective (NSM&IT) - Must have lab component unless one of the other NSM&IT courses selected has lab component (IF [STS] course is chosen, Science Technology & Society Core will be fulfilled) - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 5.00*
  • Social Ethics Selective (IF PSY 46400  is chosen for PSYS Major Area C, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • [Humanities Core] (IF a foreign language is chosen for Cultural/International Diversity Selective, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • [Information Literacy Core] (IF ENGL 10600  or 10800  is chosen for Written Communication core, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • [Oral Communication Core] (Recommend  COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication ) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • [Quantitative Reasoning Core]  MA 15300  OR higher from University list except MA 15555  (IF [QR] is chosen for NSM&IT selective, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 5.00
  • [Science Core] (IF [S] course is chosen for NSM&IT Selective Group 1, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 5.00
  • [Science Core] (IF [S] course is chosen for NSM&IT Selective, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • [Science, Technology & Society Core] (IF [STS] course is chosen for NSM&IT Selective, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • [Written Communication Core] (Recommend  ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition  or  ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition ) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

*NSM&IT Selectives must total 9 or more credits.

Note


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

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

Electives (17-66 credits)


Note


At least 32 credits of coursework required at 30000 level or higher.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


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

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15 Credits


Spring 1st Year


  • PSY Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written Com. Core (ENGL 10600  recom.) - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Cultural/International Diversity 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


15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


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

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • PSY Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ****
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


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

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • 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 language placement and Option selected, requirement might require fewer than 4 semesters to complete, potentially creating opportunities for additional electives to be taken.

***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

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

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.

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