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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Kathleen A. Row, Chairperson, 132 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 (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test) or MATH 1066. Applied Mathematics for Decision Making (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA)
  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) (FC:SO) (P: MATH 1065 or MATH 1066; PSYC 2101)
    PSYC 3225. Cognitive Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3226. Human Learning and Cognition (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (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) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3311. Neuropsychology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (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) or PSYC 2001 Psychology of Childhood (3) (F,S,Ss) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    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) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 5325. Introduction to Psychological Testing (3) (P: A statistics course; PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose one from:
    PSYC 4000. Advanced General Psychology (3) (WI) (F,S) (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,SS) (P: PSYC 2210 and consent of instructor)
    PSYC 4280. History of Psychology (3) (WI) (F,S) (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)
    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) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3226. Cognitive Psychology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (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) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060) or PSYC 3311. Neuropsychology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (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)
    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) (FC:SO) (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

In order to enter the honors program in psychology, a student must be a second semester junior majoring in psychology; must have completed a minimum of 80 s.h. with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; must have completed at least 20 s.h. in psychology with at least a B in PSYC 2101, 2210 and with a minimum 3.5 GPA in psychology. After admission to the honors program by the director of undergraduate studies in psychology, the student will take PSYC 4601 during the second semester of the junior year and PSYC 4602 the first semester of the senior year. This sequence will satisfy the requirement for a capstone course and will qualify the student for honors in psychology if at least a B is earned in each course.

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program
in Psychology and Occupational Therapy

The integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program in Psychology and Occupational Therapy provides a means by which highly qualified undergraduate students may complete both a BA degree in psychology and the professional master’s degree in occupational therapy in five years. Students must be approved by both participating departments and must apply to the graduate school as an integrated undergraduate/graduate student after 75 credits of undergraduate work is completed; permission to pursue the integrated degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Incoming students must meet requirements for the honors program and must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5/4.0 at East Carolina University. Students who complete the program will receive an undergraduate degree in psychology upon completing all required courses, typically at the end of the first year of the graduate occupational therapy program. Interested students should consult the current ECU Graduate School catalog and the Department of Occupational Therapy for additional information.

The total number of hours for undergraduate and graduate programs combined is 181 credits. Fifteen semester credits of graduate courses count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Required courses include: foreign language (12 credits), general education courses, including ANTH 1000 or 2200; BIOL 1050, 1051, 2140, 2141, 2150, 2151; CHEM 1120; HIMA 3000; PHIL 1110, 1175, 1500; PHIL 1180 or 2275; OCCT 3000, 6000, 6001, 6002, 6003, 6004, 6005, 6006, 6007, 6008, 6009, 6080, 6100, 6150, 6200, 6250, 6300, 6350, 6400, 6450, 6455, 6500, 6550, 6600, 6650, 7000; OCCT 6660 or BIOS 6022; PSYC major courses, including PSYC 1000, 2210, 3206, 3226, 3311, 4000, 4375, 12 s.h. PSYC electives; SOCI 2110.

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.