General Education Requirements
Majors must satisfy the university and college General Education curricular requirements. Selected courses in Psychology may be used to meet General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements.
|PSYCH 1000||Choosing A Career In Psychology 1||1|
|PSYCH 1003||General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)||3|
|PSYCH 2201||Psychological Statistics||4|
|PSYCH 2211||Introduction to Biological Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 2219||Research Methods||3|
|PSYCH 2245||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 4999||Integrated Psychology||2|
|PSYCH 2268||Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)||3|
|or PSYCH 2270||Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence|
|Select four Psychology courses numbered 3000 to 4998 2||12|
PSYCH 1000 requirement must be satisfied before the student completes 24 hours of course work.
Psychology majors must not take courses in excess of 50 hours in Psychology. Credits completed in Psychology in excess of 50 will not count toward graduation. For example, students earning 53 hours in Psychology will consequently be required to earn a minimum of 123 hours to graduate.
The three course sequence of Math, Psychological Statistics (PSYCH 2201), and Research Methods (PSYCH 2219) require a minimum of three semesters to complete. Students must satisfy the current University mathematical skills requirement before taking PSYCH 2201, Psychological Statistics. PSYCH 2201 is a prerequisite for PSYCH 2219, and hence, PSYCH 2201 must be completed with a grade of C- or higher PRIOR to enrollment in PSYCH 2219.
Candidates for the B.A. must complete at least 34, but no more than 50, hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Department of Psychological Sciences.
Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the major overall, and must earn a C- or above in each of the courses comprising the 34 credits applied to the B.A. degree in Psychology. Failure to earn a C- or above in the required courses will necessitate re-taking them for a satisfactory completion of the C- requirement. No Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may be applied to the major.
In addition, candidates for the B.A. are required to satisfactorily complete 13 credit hours in one foreign language.
Graduate School Preparation
In addition to the required courses listed above, students interested in applying to graduate school in Psychology are strongly encouraged to become involved in a research project with a Psychology faculty member by securing enrollment in PSYCH 3390, Directed Studies. These positions are available on a limited and competitive basis. No enrollments in PSYCH 3390 are possible without special Instructor permission. Those invited to participate must obtain a special consent form from the instructor in order to enroll. Contact the Psychology Academic Advising office for more information on such positions (email@example.com).
Graduates of the BA in Psychology at UM-St. Louis will be able to:
Psychological Sciences Knowledge Base:
- Evaluate advantages/limitations of and apply psychological concepts and theories across at least 3 subdisciplines (i.e., behavioral neuroscience, clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, social) to explain and predict behavior
- Choose behavioral explanations that rely on scientific reasoning and evidence rather than anecdotes, pseudoscience or common myths/misconceptions
Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking:
- Demonstrate respect and use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Appropriately select, conduct and interpret basic applied parametric and nonparametric statistical techniques (i.e., correlations, t-tests, chi-square).
- Evaluate and select appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to address specific research questions.
- Write clearly and concisely about psychological concepts and empirical findings, using APA format when appropriate for the target audience.
- Communicate quantitative data in statistics, graphs and tables.
Ethical and Social Responsibility:
- Act responsibly and ethically while reflecting other values (welcoming diversity, tolerating ambiguity) that are the underpinnings of psychological sciences as a discipline.
- Create a career development plan that matches an accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation and work habits with specific job opportunities
- Develop spoken and written proficiency in one modern foreign language, through completion of the College of Arts & Sciences Foreign Language requirement.
|INTDSC 10031||1||BIOL 1012||3|
|ENGL 1100||3||PSYCH 2270||3|
|MATH 1030||3||PSYCH 2245||3|
|PSYCH 1000||1||EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|PSYCH 1003||3||Foreign Language 1001||5|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|PSYCH 2201||4||PSYCH 2219||3|
|Foreign Language 1002||5||Foreign Language 2101||3|
|CORE - US History and Government||3||CORE - Communication Proficiency||3|
|Cultural Diversity Requirement||3||EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|ENGL 3100||3||PSYCH 3000+ level course||6|
|PSYCH 2211||3||Elective or minor||6|
|PSYCH 3000+ level course||3||EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|PSYCH 3000+ level course||3||PSYCH 4999||2|
|Elective or minor||12||Elective or minor||12|
|Total Hours: 120|
INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.
Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student pursuing the B.A. degree. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.