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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Susan L. McCammon, Interim Chair, 120 Rawl Building

BA in Psychology

In order to declare a major in psychology, an undergraduate must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and at least a grade of "C" in PSYC 1000 or 1060. A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student to aid in planning an overall program. A student desiring to minor in psychology should consult the major department faculty advisor or the director of undergraduate studies of the Department of Psychology to determine the most appropriate sequence of courses for the minor. Undergraduate students majoring in psychology are encouraged to minor in biology, business, chemistry, child development and family relations, mathematics, philosophy, or sociology or to take a composite minor approved by the faculty advisor and chairperson. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section of the SAT/ACT) or MATH 1066. Applied Mathematics for Decision Making (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or approval of dept chair)
  2. Foreign language through level 1004 - 12 s.h.
  3. Core - 35 s.h.
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) or PSYC 1060. Honors Introduction to Psychology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) Minimum grade of "C" required.
    PSYC 2101. Psychological Statistics (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: MATH 1065 or MATH 1066)
    PSYC 2210. Research Methods in Psychology (4) (WI) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: MATH 1065 or MATH 1066; PSYC 2101)
    Choose one from Learning and Cognition Group
    PSYC 3225. Psychology of Learning (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3226. Cognitive Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 4333. Learning Theories and Applications (3) (F,S) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose one from Biological Bases Group:
    PSYC 3310. Introduction to Neuroscience (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3311. Neuropsychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3312. Sensation and Perception (3) (F,S) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose two from General Course Group:
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) (May receive psychology major or minor credit for one of PSYC 2201, 3206)
    PSYC 3221. Social Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 3300. Psychology of Personality (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 4375. Abnormal Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 5325. Introduction to Psychological Testing (3) (P: A statistics course; PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose one from Capstone Group:
    PSYC 4000. Advanced General Psychology (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC major; PSYC 2210; two courses from the learning and cognition, biological bases, or general course groups)
    PSYC 4250. Advanced Seminar (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: PSYC major; PSYC 2210; 2 courses from the learning and cognition, biological bases, or general course groups)
    PSYC 4280. History of Psychology (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC major; PSYC 2210; two courses from the learning and cognition, biological bases, or general course groups)
    PSYC 4402. Senior Thesis/Project (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: PSYC major; PSYC 4401; two courses from the learning and cognition, biological bases, or general course groups; GPA above 3.00 overall and in Psychology)
    PSYC 4602. Senior Honors Thesis (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: PSYC major; PSYC 4601 with a minimum grade of B; 2 courses from the learning and cognition, biological bases, or general course groups; GPA above 3.5 overall and in Psychology)
    Choose 9 s.h. of electives from any psychology course below 6000
  4. Minor - 24-30 s.h.
  5. General electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Psychology Minor

A minimum grade of "C" in PSYC 1000 or 1060 is required to declare a minor. Minimum requirement for psychology minor is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 15 s.h.
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) or PSYC 1060. Honors Introduction to Psychology (3) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3225. Psychology of Learning (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3226. Cognitive Psychology (3) (F,S,SS (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 4333. Learning Theories and Applications (3) (F,S) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 3310. Introduction to Neuroscience (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3311. Neuropsychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3312. Sensation and Perception (3) (F,S) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose two from:
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) (May receive psychology major or minor credit for one of PSYC 2201, 3206)
    PSYC 3221. Social Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 3300. Psychology of Personality (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 4375. Abnormal Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 5325. Introduction to Psychological Testing (3) (P: Statistics course; PSYC 1000 or 1060)
  2. PSYC electives - 9 s.h.

Psychology Honors Program

Students are qualified for the psychology honors program if they have completed at least 24 semester hours and have a cumulative and psychology GPA of at least 3.3. Students are then eligible to take honors sections of psychology courses. To qualify to graduate with honors in psychology, students must have an overall and psychology GPA of 3.5. They must complete PSYC 4601 and 4602 with a grade of at least B and must do a public presentation of their thesis research.

BA Psychology/Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education

This provides an opportunity for students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in psychology through the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences along with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and teacher certification in elementary education through the College of Education. Students can complete the BA/MAT in five years or less. Students who are completing the BA degree over four years may make an application to the program during their junior year or the fall semester of the senior year. Students who are seeking admission to the program while completing the accelerated three-year BA program in psychology should apply when they complete approximately 75 hours of coursework. Interested students should consult the ECU Graduate catalog and the MAT program coordinator in the College of Education for more information.