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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 111 - 112

Psychology (PSY)

Course Descriptions - Faculty - Printable Degree Requirements

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Majors must complete at least 34 semester hours in the field. A minimum grade of “C-” or better must be attained in each course in the major, except for PSY 3044 and PSY 3213, where a C or better is required. Although a C- is allowable for individual courses, a major GPA of 2.0 minimum is required for graduation. All majors must complete:

Requirements for Psychology Majors

  1. 2000/3000 Level Requirement (6 semester hours)
    PSY 2012 Psychological Science I (if not already taken at a community college)
    PSY 3044 Psychological Science II

  2. Methods Course Requirement (7 semester hours)
    PSY 3213 Research Methods

    and one of the following:
    CLP 4433 Tests and Measures
    PSY 4205 Experimental Design and Analysis
    or another methods course approved by the undergraduate advisor in Psychology.

  3. 4000 Level Requirement (21 semester hours)
    Courses in categories 1 and 2 must be completed before any 4000 level courses are attempted. Successful completion of 7 additional Psychology courses numbered at the 4000 level selected as follows: At least two courses from each of the two groups below:

    Group I
    EXP 4204C Perception
    EXP 4404 Psychology of Learning
    PSB 4013C Physiological Psychology
    EXP 4304 Motivation
    EXP 4523C Cognitive Psychology

    Group II
    CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology
    INP 4004 Industrial Psychology
    SOP 4004 Social Psychology
    DEP 4005 Developmental Psychology
    PPE 4004 Personality
    and any 3 additional courses numbered at the 4000 level.

Note: No more than a total of 3 hours of the following courses may count toward the major:
PSY 4913 Directed Study
PSY 4970 Honors Thesis.
PSY 4932 may not count toward the major. Nor may EAB 4715 (Supervised Practicum) count towards the major for those in the Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Statistics and Biological Science are required. Otherwise, students majoring in psychology are encouraged to complete a varied undergraduate program.

A prerequisite for all 4000-level courses is a grade of “C” or better in both PSY 3044 and PSY 3213, not “C-”. For students minoring in Psychology, a grade of “C” or better in any college-level statistics course will substitute for the PSY 3213.

For students majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, any college-level statistics course with a grade of “C” or better may serve as prerequisite for 4000 level courses in Psychology but does not substitute for the PSY 3213 requirement.

Requirements for the Minor in Psychology

A minor in Psychology consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours, comprising PSY 2012, PSY 3044, and any three 4000-level psychology courses except PSY 4913. Students minoring in Psychology must also obtain a “C” or better in any college level statistics course in lieu of PSY 3213, or must complete PSY 3213 with a “C” or better. A GPA of 2.0 or better in the minor is required for certification. The purpose of the minor is to help students majoring in other disciplines to obtain an appropriate psychology background that will complement their work in their major. See the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advisor for suggested minor programs for students majoring in various fields.

Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

Undergraduate majors working toward the B.A. in psychology may complete a structured sequence of coursework and practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students are admitted to the program in the junior or senior year, after completing EXP 4404, Psychology of Learning and CLP 4414, Behavior Modification with a grade of B or better. Admission requirements further include a minimum overall USF GPA of 3.0 or better, GPA of 3.2 for Psychology coursework, completion of at least 75 hours, and three letters of recommendation. Admissions are made in the fall of each academic year. Successful completion of the concentration prepares students for employment opportunities in a variety of settings, for advanced study in Applied Behavior Analysis, and eligibility for completion of the Florida Certification Examination for Associate Behavior Analysis. Detailed information regarding the program and the admission process may be obtained from the undergraduate advisor or the program secretary.

Psychology Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a select group of undergraduate Psychology majors an opportunity to undertake an intensive individualized research experience. The culmination of the Honors Program is the completion and defense of an honors thesis. Application for the program will take place during the second semester of the student’s junior year or, typically, prior to completion of 90 semester credits. Admission to the program is competitive and based on the student’s overall academic record, performance in psychology courses, and a letter of recommendation from a member of the Psychology Department faculty. Successful completion of the program requires a GPA of 3.5 in major coursework, an overall GPA of 3.25 at USF, and, typically, completion of 43 hours in Psychology including PSY 4932, Honors Seminar (6) and PSY 4970, Honors Thesis (6). See the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advisor for details of the program and an application form.

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