Psychology BS Curriculum

General Education Courses:

42 Total credit hours

credit hours

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

3

Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

Collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of data, and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate technology is recommended.

3

This course is an introduction to Biology. Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included.
Prerequisite(s): None

3

The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to cell biology, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals.
Prerequisite(s): None

3

A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

3

Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements. Illustrated with audio recordings and live performances. (Does not apply to a music major degree).

3

A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.

3

A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbanization, the expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy.

3

(Federal constitution & topics) Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.

3

(Texas constitution & topics) Origin and development of the Texas constitution, structure and powers of state and local government, federalism and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas.

3

General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

3

Introduces basic human communication principles and theories embedded in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

3

Overview of computer systems—hardware, operating systems, the Internet, and application software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and databases. Current topics such as the effect of computers on society, and the history and use of computers in business, educational, and other interdisciplinary settings are also studied. This course is not intended to count toward a student’s major field of study in business or computer science.

3

Psychology Core Courses:

48 Total credit hours

credit hours

Life-Span Growth and Development is a study of social, emotional, cognitive and physical factors and influences of a developing human from conception to death.

3

Collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of data, and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate technology is recommended.

3

This course presents an experimental and theoretical approach to the study of learning and cognition to
include problems, methods and content in the area of learning. Emphasis will be placed on attention,
memory, organization of knowledge and problem solving across cultures.
Prerequisite(s): None

3

Theories, classifications, and research issues relevant to understanding human Psychopathology,
including clinical syndromes and theories of pathology. Topics in Abnormal Psychology, from a
multicultural perspective, shall be discussed to help students to enlarge their multicultural views.
Prerequisite(s): None

3

This course is designed to address the fundamentals of clinical psychology. This course will cover the
basic concepts of clinical psychology, or the study of diagnosing, treating, and understanding abnormal
and maladaptive behaviors.
Prerequisite(s): None
Cross-listed: CLSC 5201

3

This course provides an introduction to the science related to happiness, well-being, flourishing and the
positive aspects of human experience. Students will gain an understanding of what contributes to wellbeing
and how to build the enabling conditions of a life worth living.
Prerequisite(s): None

3

This course will introduce the legal, ethical and moral aspects involved in making sound decisions as a leader in the health care environment. An overview of issues surrounding patient rights, end of life decisions, malpractice, and wrongful death with be addressed.

3

This course will provide a detailed understanding of neurons and the functional role of different aspects
of the human nervous system. A survey of topic areas relevant to psychology and neuroscience related
disciplines will also be included
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301
Cross-listed: BASC 6105

3

PSYC 4300 Social Psychology – 3 Credit hours
A study of the influence of people on each other’s behavior, including social influence and social
interaction.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301

3

This course investigates the impact of motivation and personality traits on performance. The selection
of topics combines elements that the prevalent motivation and personality theories have in common,
thereby promoting research from different theoretical perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301

3

This course provides and overview of theories, research and contemporary issues in the scientific study
of human sexual behavior and experience.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301

3

This course examines current theory and research on self-regulatory and adaptational processes with a
focus on the resources, strategies, goals, emotions, and social processes implicated in coping with
chronic illness and other stressors.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301

3

This is an undergraduate psychology course designed to provide students with knowledge about and
hands-on practice with experimental research methods in psychology. Students will learn how to plan,
conduct, and analyze their own experimental research, and how to communicate the results of their
research to others. Prerequisite(s): Math 1342

3

This course provides an overview of the principles of substance‐related addictions and the processes
and mechanisms that underlie addiction. Students will be introduced to the epidemiology and
developmental course of addiction, risk and protective influences that act on the course of addictionand
its adverse health consequences. Both genetic and environmental underpinnings will be discussed
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301

3

This course is an exploration of how psychology, the science of behavior and mental processes, is
applied in the workplace. The focus in this course will be on industrial and organizational psychology,
specifically job analysis, description, and evaluation; employee selection; performance evaluation;
motivation; job satisfaction; leadership; and group and team development. The course will include
reading, writing, discussion, exercises, and research.
Prerequisite(s): None
Cross-listed: BUSI 6301

3

The undergraduate capstone experience is designed to bring reflection and focus to the whole college
experience. It encourages students to integrate facets of their interests with important concepts from
their area of study. Students will be given the option to complete a service learning project or an
internship.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Major Courses

3

Electives:

30 Total credit hours

credit hours

Choose 30 additional semester credit hours.

30