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Lake Superior State University

Psychology: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in humans and animals.  This degree provides students with the knowledge and skills for a wide variety of careers.

Grounded in the American Psychological Association's Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major: Version 2.0, this comprehensive four-year program emphasizing research, experimentation, computer applications and a senior-research sequence is excellent preparation for graduate work at the master’s or Ph.D. level in a wide variety of psychology disciplines.

Upon successful completion of the Junior Seminar in Psychological Science (PSYC399), psychology majors may elect to continue in the Psychology - Psychological Science concentration or switch to the Psychology - General Psychology concentration.

Other Qualifications — A master’s degree in psychology is usually the minimum requirement for careers in school psychology, I/O psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, forensic psychology, and data collection/analysis.  The Ph.D. is essential for most senior-level positions and is required for appointment to permanent teaching and research positions in colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes:


Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology -
Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World - The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

Goal 4: Communication - Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Goal 5: Professional Development - The emphasis of this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

 

Bachelor of Arts/Science Psychology, Psychological Science Concentration
Bachelor of Arts/Science Psychology, General Psychology Concentration



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Science Psychology, Psychological Science Concentration

Required Psychology Core Courses (27 credits)

  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychological Science 3
  • PSYC199 Freshman Seminar in Behavioral Science 2
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • PSYC212 Experimental Psychology 4
  • PSYC396 Tests and Measurements 3
  • PSYC399 Junior Seminar in Psychological Science 3
  • PSYC456 History & Systems of Psychology 3
  • PSYC494 Senior Research Practicum I 2
  • PSYC495 Senior Research Practicum II 3
  • PSYC499 Senior Seminar in  Psychological Science 1

Elective Psychology Courses (18 credits)

Select One Course from each Content Area:

Biological

  • PSYC459 Behavioral Neuroscience 4

Cognitive

Personality/Social

Developmental/Applied

Practicum Experience

  • PSYC305 Psychology Research Practicum 3
  • PSYC306 Applied Psychology Practicum 3

PSYC Elective 300+ Level (3 credits)

Psychology Cognate

Select One Course From:

  • BIOL105 Function of the Human Body 4
  • BIOL122 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: Organisms 4

Breadth Area Requirement

Psychology majors may select one of the following options:

Option 1: Complete an approved Minor (minimum of 20 credits) and does not include Minor: Psychology.

Option 2: Complete a Cognate of at least 20 credits in courses approved by the advisor.

Option 3: Complete an Associate degree that does not include a Psychology Minor or Behavioral Sciences Concentration.

Option 4: Complete a second BA/BS degree or major.

(For any of the above options, nine credits must be at the 300-400 Level.)


General Education:
All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree: One year of a modern language other than English (if taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Arts/Science Psychology, General Psychology Concentration

Required Psychology Core Courses (27 credits)

  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychological Science 3
  • PSYC155 Lifespan Development 3
  • PSYC199 Freshman Seminar in Behavioral Science 2
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • PSYC212 Experimental Psychology 4
  • PSYC396 Tests and Measurements 3
  • PSYC399 Junior Seminar in Psychological Science 3
  • PSYC456 History & Systems of Psychology 3
  • PSYC490 Research Topics in Psychology 3

Elective Psychology Courses (18 credits)

Select One Course from each Content Area:

Biological

  • PSYC459 Behavioral Neuroscience 4

Cognitive

Personality/Social

Developmental/Applied

Practicum Experience

  • PSYC305 Psychology Research Practicum 3
  • PSYC306 Applied Psychology Practicum 3

PSYC Elective 300+ Level (3 credits)

Psychology Cognate

Select One Course From:

  • BIOL105 Function of the Human Body 4
  • BIOL122 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: Organisms 4

Breadth Area Requirement

Psychology majors may select one of the following options:

Option 1: Complete an approved Minor (minimum of 20 credits) and does not include Minor: Psychology.

Option 2: Complete a Cognate of at least 20 credits in courses approved by the advisor.

Option 3: Complete an Associate degree that does not include a Psychology Minor or Behavioral Sciences Concentration.

Option 4: Complete a second BA/BS degree or major.

(For any of the above options, nine credits must be at the 300-400 Level.)


General Education:
All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree: One year of a modern language other than English (if taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.


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