2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED COPY]

Psychology (BS)

123 credits required for graduation

The School of Liberal Arts offers the Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Psychology with specializations in Cognitive Neuroscience, Social/Applied, Clinical/Personality, & Developmental/Education. Students majoring in Psychology must complete a rigorous plan of study specifically focusing on identified program goals. The goals of the program have been identified as being key components that would enable students to transition seamlessly into a graduate program or workplace environment. All students are required to complete core courses related to the major. In addition, students will complete lower and upper level psychology courses representing more specialized areas in the field. The structure of the program provides students with a realistic view of career and educational options available in the field of psychology. Students demonstrate competence in the field of psychology through major coursework.


General Education Requirements (60 hours)

The primary objective of the general education requirements is to guarantee that all students seeking a Bachelors of Science in Psychology (BS) degree will share a common body of knowledge drawn from a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Additional Requirements (3 hours)

The physical education requirement is comprised of one credit hour of Wellness and two credit hours of additional Physical Education courses.

Legislative Requirements

Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitution on the United States and Georgia. These requirements may be met by receiving a passing grade in certain courses, or by passing the appropriate examination. The courses and the requirement(s) each course satisfies are as follows:

  1. HIST 2111  or HIST 2112  satisfies the Georgia and U.S. history requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  2. POLS 1101 satisfies the Georgia and US Constitution requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  3. Students with transfer credit (HIST 2111 , HIST 2112  or POLS 1101 ) from outside the University System of Georgia will need to contact the Testing Center regarding the legislative exams requirement.

Major Requirements (60 hours)

The major requirements consist of two areas of study: Psychology Core and a specialization. The Psychology Core is designed to ensure that students receiving the BS degree in Psychology will share a common body of knowledge needed to apply psychological principles both in the work place and academic settings. Specialization courses allow students to delve further into an area of specialization.

Program Outcome Goals

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Students graduating from the Psychology Program will:

1. Develop basic and applied knowledge in psychology

2. Assess psychological phenomena using scientific literacy, critical thinking, and quantitative skills

3. Explain and critique ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world

4. Produce effective written and oral communication and develop effective, collaborative interactions

Course Prerequisites

The following course outline the minimum prerequisites for 3000/4000 level courses; almost all 3000/4000 level courses have further prerequisites beyond the minimum.

Prerequisite for 3000 level courses:

Other Program Notes

Students will be required to complete one introductory course from each of the Areas of Specialization listed on the Program of Study Outline on the next page. Upon completion of those courses, students are expected to choose areas of specialization and complete three courses each in the chosen specialization. At least one course out of the three courses chosen in the specialization must be at the 4000 level.

Additional requirements for program completion include:

General Education (60 semester hours)

Area A - Essential Skills: (9 semester hours)

Area B - Institutional Option (4 semester hours)

Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 semester hours)

Area D - Natural Sciences, Math, Technology(11 semester hours)

Area E - Social Science (12 semester hours)

Area F - Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 semester hours)

Additional Requirements (3-4 hours)

Physical Education Requirement

  • Choices for Life (1) Credit Hours
  • Additional Physical Education (2) Credit Hours

Program of Study (60 semester hours)

A grade of “C” or better in all courses

Required Courses

Select one of the following:

All of the following courses are required:

Psychology Specialization

Option A (Specialization):  Select a total of 3 courses in one specialization (at least one course must be at the 4000 level)

Specializations: Clinical/Personality, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental/Education, Social/Applied (Please see list )

Option B (General Psychology): Select a total of 3 courses in from any of the four specializations (at least one course must be at the 4000 level).

General Electives (24 hours 3 hours of which must be 3000-4000 level)