Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key characteristics of major content domains in psychology (e.g. cognition and learning, developmental, biological, and sociocultural).
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for locating and using relevant scholarship (e.g. databases, credible journals) to address psychological questions.
  • Apply critical thinking skills necessary to be an informed consumer of research or critic regarding unsupported claims about behavior.
  • Employ APA writing style to articulate precise and persuasive arguments.
  • Formulate career plan contingencies based on accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation, and work habits.

Competencies

The program provides students a general background in basic processes (learning and memory), cognitive processes, social psychology, developmental psychology, clinical/personality psychology, and statistics and research design. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in social services, human resources, and business areas. It also provides the foundation for graduate study in specialized areas of psychology. Students may participate in psychology clubs and honor society activities, as well as conduct their own research with faculty mentors and complete internship/field experiences.

  • PY 102 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 103 - Career Development in Psychology
  • PY 230 - Ethics and Diversity in Psychology
  • PY 271 - Research Design and Analysis I
  • PY 370 - Research Design and Analysis II (Prerequisites: PY 102, PY 103, PY 230, PY 271)
  • PY 489 - Advanced Topics in Psychology (Prerequisites: PY 370 and completion of the Extended Core) OR PY 497 - Historical Development of Psychology (Prerequisites: PY 370 and completion of the Extended Core for either course)

*A grade of C or better is required for each course in the Core.

Choose one course from each of the following four areas:

Basic/Cognitive Processes

  • PY 362 - Learning and Memory
  • PY 460 - Cognitive Processes (Prerequisite: one psychology course)
  • PY 466 - Introduction to Physiological Psychology

Clinical/Personality

  • PY 432 - Introduction to Personality
  • PY 440 - Abnormal Psychology

Developmental

  • PY 120 - The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence
  • PY 220 - Psychological Development Across the Lifespan
  • PY 222 - Development of the Adolescent

Social/Applied Psychology

  • PY 250 - Applied Psychology
  • PY 358 - Social Psychology

Choose two additional courses from the following:

  • PY 250 - Applied Psychology
  • PY 251 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PY 301 - Cross-cultural Psychology
  • PY 325 - Psychological Development of the Family
  • PY 329/529 - Psychology of Death and Dying
  • PY 353 - Social Cognition
  • PY 358 - Social Psychology
  • PY 359 - Psychology and the Law
  • PY 362 - Learning and Memory
  • PY 366 - Introduction to Sensation and Perception
  • PY 432 - Introduction to Personality
  • PY 440 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PY 441 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PY 442 - Psychotherapy
  • PY 444 - Childhood Psychopathology (Prerequisite: PY 120/CF 120 or PY 220)
  • PY 460 - Cognitive Processes (Prerequisite: one PY course)
  • PY 466 - Introduction to Physiological Psychology
  • PY 484 - Advanced Research in Psychology (Prerequisite: PY 370)
  • PY 495 - Internship in Psychology (Prerequisities: Psychology major, PY 370, 2.50 Psychology GPA, 75 credit hours, Instructor consent)
  • PY 525 - Maturity and Aging
  • PY 531 - Psychological Testing
  • PY 555 - Health Psychology

Note: All 300+ level PY courses require completion of 45 hours. PY 484 and PY 495 may be taken multiple times, but only one from each course will count as an elective. For PY 484, a mentor is required; for PY 495, contact Mrs. Delgado or Dr. Guiling.

This degree is also available at Southeast's regional campuses.

Sample Four-Year Plan

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • PY 102 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • PY 103 (3)
  • PY 230 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • PY 271 (3)
  • Developmental Category (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • Social/Applied Category (3)
  • Basic/Cognitive Processes Category (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • PY 370 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • Clinical/Personality Category (3)
  • Psychology Elective (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • Psychology Elective (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • PY 489 or PY 497 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Contact

573.651.2132
psychandcounseling@semo.edu
Scully 404
Department of Psychology and Counseling
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701