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2018-2019 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 advanced 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 and provides excellent preparation for graduate and professional programs. This program is often chosen by students interested in careers as therapists or in other human services areas, or by students who plan careers in other areas of psychology, business, or health. 

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (36 credits)


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

C) Additional Psychology Courses (15 credits)


Select five additional 3-credit Psychology courses (15 credits) numbered 30000-59900. PSY 31400 & PSY 35000 may NOT be used to satisfy Area C and only one of the following 3-credit courses may be used for Area C: PSY 31900, PSY 39000, PSY 39100, PSY 49200, or PSY 49800.  (PSY courses in this section may also satsify some Selective Requirements)

Courses numbered 30000 or higher from locations other than Purdue-WL cannot be used to fulfill requirement C unless the outside course has been officially designated as equivalent to an approved Purdue-WL PSY course numbered 30000 or higher; other courses will be reviewed for approval on an ad hoc basis.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (36-72 credits)


  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 0 -16 credits
  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (IF PSY 27200 is selected for PSYS Major Area B, this requirement is fulfilled.)

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

  • Natural Sciences, Math, & Information Technology Selective (NSM&IT) - select from Group 1 list - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 4.00* (IF course chosen is also on University Science Core list, one Science Core requirement will be satisfied) 
  • Natural Sciences, Math, & Information Technology Selective (NSM&IT) - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 5.00* (IF course chosen is also on University Science Core list, one Science Core requirement will be satisfied.) 
  • Natural Sciences, Math, & Information Technology Selective (NSM&IT) - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 5.00* Must have lab component unless one of the other NSM&IT courses selected has lab component. (IF course chosen is also on University Science Technology & Society Core list, then Science Technology & Society Core requirement will be satisfied)
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (IF PSY 46400 is chosen for PSYS Major Area C, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Humanities Core -  select from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00 (IF a foreign language is chosen for Cultural/International Diversity Selective, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Information Literacy Core - Credit Hours: 1.00-4.00 (IF ENGL 10600 or 10800 is chosen for Written Communication core, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Oral Communication Core - Credit Hours: 3.00 (COM 11400 is recommended)
  • Quantitative Reasoning Core - MA 15300 or select any course from University list EXCEPT MA 13800, MA 19000, MA 15555, or PHIL 15000 - Credit Hours: 3.00-5.00 (IF course chosen for NSM&IT selective is also on University Quantitative Reasoning Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Science Core - Credit Hours: 2.00-5.00 (IF course chosen for NSM&IT Selective Group 1 is also on Unviersity Science Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Science Core - Credit Hours: 2.00-5.00 (IF course chosen for NSM&IT Selective Group 2 is also on University Science Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Science, Technology & Society Core - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00 (IF course chosen for NSM&IT Selective is also on University Science Technology & Society Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Written Communication Core - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00 (Recommend ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800)

Electives (12-48 credits)


Additional Requirements


Psychological Sciences Selective List  

University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


  • PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology
  • Oral Communication Core - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Literacy - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15 - 18 Credits


Spring 1st Year


  • PSYS Major Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • NSM&IT Selective + Science #1  - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • PSYS Major Area B1 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSYS Major Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • NSM&IT Selective + Sci, Tech, & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • PSYS Major Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • PSYS Major Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSYS Major 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


  • PSYS Major 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


Notes


  • Courses that satisfy University Core requirements may also be used to satisfy Selective requirements, if applicable.
  • Courses that satisfy major requirements (Areas A-C) may also be used to satisfy Selective requirements, if applicable.
  • A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass.  Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes.  In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option.  A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
  • At least 32 credits of Purdue coursework required at 30000 level or higher for graduation.
  • 2.0 GPA required for graduation.
  • Students may NOT major in both Psychological Sciences (PSYS) and Brain & Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

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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