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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior.

An undergraduate degree in psychology enhances career opportunities in many areas, and a graduate degree prepares students for professional careers in psychology and related fields. The Psychology Dept at CSU provides coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students also have the opportunity to participate in CSU's pre-medical program for application to medical school.

Our faculty represent a diversity of psychology's specializations including counseling, cognitive, developmental, social, biological, and behavior analysis. The curriculum encompasses empirical, theoretical, and applied approaches, and students have opportunities to explore specialty areas within the discipline. Internships and independent study are available to qualified students.

Our research labs and facilities enhance the learning experience. We provide opportunities for student / faculty research collaborations leading to publications and presentations at professional conferences. We host a local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, as well as our own Psychology Club.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in many fields including human services, research, administration, psychological assessment, rehabilitation services, and veterans and victims advocacy. Click here to learn more https://psyc.columbusstate.edu/StudentResources.php

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Our learning outcomes are based on Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (APA, 2012):

1) Knowledge Base- Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology

2) Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking- Students should develop scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, including effective research methods skills

3) Communication- Students should demonstrate competence in written and oral communication skills

4) Professional Development- Students should develop skills that sharpen readiness for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school

5) Ethical and Social Responsibility- Students should develop skills related to ethical and socially responsible behavior for professional and personal setting

Additional Program Requirements

Minimum grade of C in all courses in Areas F, G, and H of the curriculum

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
OR
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.
BIOL 1215K Principles of Biology
PSYC 1101 Intro to General Psychology
PSYC 2103 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2105 Psychology as Major and Career
STAT 1127 Introductory Statistics

Select one of the following:
PHIL 2020
PHIL 2500

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 21
A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.

PSYC 3211 Research Methods and Data Analysis I
PSYC 3212 Research Methods and Data Analysis II
PSYC 4000 Baccalaureate Assessment in Psychology

Select one of the following:
PSYC 4235 Learning and Behavior Analysis
PSYC 4275 Cognitive Psychology

Select one of the following:
PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3145 Clinical Psychology
PSYC 4125 Theories of Personality

Select one of the following:
PSYC 3155 Social Psychology
PSYC 3165 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 3265 Evolutionary Psychology

Select one of the following:
PSYC 4106 Biological Psychology
PSYC 4185 Sensation and Perception

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 18
Choose from among the following. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.
PSYC 3105 Pseudopsychologies and the Paranormal
PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3145 Clinical Psychology
PSYC 3155 Social Psychology
PSYC 3165 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 3185 Child Development
PSYC 3215 Tests and Measurement
PSYC 3245 Applied Behavior Analysis 
PSYC 3265 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 3555 Selected Topics in Psychology with Lab
PSYC 3565 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSYC 4105 Psychology of Aging
PSYC 4106 Biological Psychology
PSYC 4115 History and Systems
PSYC 4116 Comparative Animal Behavior
PSYC 4125 Theories of Personality
PSYC 4165 Motivation
PSYC 4185 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 4235 Learning and Behavior Analysis
PSYC 4275 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4497 Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology
PSYC 4698 Internship
PSYC 4899 Independent Study

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 21

Total Hours Required: 123
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