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Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Because of this focus, psychology is relevant to many other areas of study both inside and outside of the social and behavioral sciences. The undergraduate program in Psychology offers the student a well-rounded liberal arts education. In addition, the program provides excellent training for qualified students who wish to pursue graduate work in such disciplines as Clinical, Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The undergraduate major emphasizes the breadth of psychology while allowing the student some electives to pursue in depth a particular aspect of the field.

Requirements for the Major in Psychology

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 universitys 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:

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 USF St. Petersburg Office of Academic Advising for suggested minor programs for students majoring in various fields.

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