General Education Course 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.
|MATH 1030||College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130) 1||3|
|MATH 1035||Trigonometry 1||2|
|PSYCH 1000||Choosing A Career In Psychology 3||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 2250||Social Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 2268||Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)||3|
|or PSYCH 2270||Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence|
|PSYCH 4999||Integrated Psychology||2|
|or PHIL 3380||Philosophy of Science|
|Select four Psychology courses numbered 3000 to 4998 2||12|
|In addition, select at least one of the following Psychology courses:||3|
|Introduction to Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Mental Illness|
|Hormones, The Brain and Behavior|
|Introduction to Human Neuroanatomy|
|Human Learning and Memory|
|Emotions and the Brain|
|Introduction to Social Neuroscience|
|Clinical Problems of Childhood|
|Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology|
|Industrial and Organizational Psychology|
|Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination|
|Psychological Testing and Assessment|
|Math and Natural Science||4-5|
|Choose one of the following:|
|Human Physiology and Anatomy II|
|Introductory Biology: From Molecules to Organisms (MOTR BIOL 150L)|
|Introductory Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)|
|Introductory Chemistry II|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
|Basic Physics I (MOTR PHYS 150L)|
Select one course from Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology
Candidates for the B.S. in Psychology must complete at least 40, but no more than 50, hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Department of Psychological Sciences. In addition to the above courses, students must complete the following:
PSYCH 1000 requirement must be satisfied before the student completes 24 hours of course work.
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 40 credits applied to the B.S. degree in Psychology. Failure to earn a C- or above in the these required courses will necessitate re-taking them for a satisfactory completion of the C- requirement in all 40 hours. No Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may be applied to the major.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Graduates of the BS 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.
- Relate psychological research methodologies and findings to inquiry in other scientific disciplines
- 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
Sample Four Year Plan
|INTDSC 10031||1||PSYCH 2245||3|
|ENGL 1100||3||BIOL 1012||3|
|MATH 1030||3||PSYCH 2270||3|
|PSYCH 1003||3||CORE - Communication Proficiency||3|
|PSYCH 1000||1||EXPLORE - Math & Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities & Fine Arts||3||MATH 1035||2|
|PSYCH 2201||4||PSYCH 2219||3|
|Cultural Diversity Requirement||3||Social Science Major Requirement||3|
|CORE - US History and Government||3||Mathematics and Natural Science Major Requirement||5|
|EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3||EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|ENGL 3100||3||PSYCH 2211||3|
|PSYCH 3000+ course||3||PSYCH 3000+ course||6|
|PSYCH 2268||3||EXPLORE - Math and Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts||3||Elective or minor||3|
|PHIL 2256 or 3380||3|
|PSYCH 3000+ course||3||PSYCH 4999||2|
|Additional Neuroscience, Clinical, or Applied Psychology course||3||Elective or minor||12|
|Elective or minor||9|
|Total Hours: 123|
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. 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.