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2024-25 Catalog

Psychological Science (BS)


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  • Program Prerequisite: None
  • Minor: Required, unless a student is a double major. Students cannot major and minor in Psychological Science.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the Psychological Science major, Teaching major, minor, or BIS emphasis (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable). An overall GPA for Psychological Science courses of 2.50 or higher is required. Refer to the general grade requirements for graduation Degree Requirements.
  • Psychological Science Sunset Policy: Students declaring a Psychological Science major, Teaching major, minor, or BIS emphasis in a given catalog year can apply previously completed courses towards their degree (see Course Grade Policy) as long as the courses were taken no longer than 15 years prior to the date of declaration.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: The University requires a total of 120 credit hours for graduation, of which at least 40 credits must be upper-division (courses numbered 3000 and above). For Psychological Science, a minimum of 45 credit hours are required within the major.
  • Website: http://www.weber.edu/psychology
  • Program Code: 7055BS
  • CIPC: 420101

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Goal 1: Knowledge Base
  • Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  • Goal 4: Communication
  • Goal 5: Professional Development

Advisement

  • After declaring Psychological Science as a major, students should contact the department office to schedule their first advising appointment with the Department Advisor. Students should meet with the Department Advisor at least annually for course planning, and to discuss progress toward graduation and professional goals.
  • Use Grad MAPS to plan your degree.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to apply for graduation .

Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). There are no special admission or application requirements for the Psychological Science major.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. Two Psychological Science courses fulfill General Education requirements (PSY 1010 , PSY 2000 ) in the Social Science breadth area and one course also in the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion area (PSY 2000 ). Only PSY 1010  or PSY 2000  may be used to fulfill the Social Science requirement due to the “no duplication” policy in breadth requirements (i.e., courses selected to fulfill General Education requirements must each be from a different program). Students may take PSY 1010  to fulfill the Social Science requirement and PSY 2000  to fulfill the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion requirement as well as major requirements.

Psychological Science Major Requirements


Foundational Courses (11 credits):


Introductory Psychology


Statistics and Research Methods


There are two options to complete the required Statistics and Research Methods course sequence in Psychology. A student must complete one option or the other and cannot complete the sequence by a combination of courses in each option.

Option A

Option B

Core Courses (18 credits):


One course in each area must be taken to fulfill the core requirements. Students may opt to take other courses in each area as electives.

Area A: Biological Basis of Behavior


Area B: Development Basis of Behavior


Select one course from the following:

Area C: Psychopathology


Area D: Cognitive Basis of Behavior


Select one course from the following:

Area E: Individual Differences and Social Processes


Select one course from the following:

Area F: Diversity


Select one course from the following:

Capstone Courses (4 credits):


  • 4 credit hours of capstone courses are required for Psychological Science Majors/Teaching Majors. Students must complete PSY 4950  (1 credit) and one capstone course (3 credits) listed below to fulfill the capstone requirement.
  • Prerequisites: Students must complete 24 PSY credits, including PSY 3610  or PSY 3616 . PSY 4950  should be taken in the final semester and requires a capstone course as a prerequisite or corequisite.
  • Students may opt to take the other capstone courses as electives.
  • PSY 4910  is a two-semester sequence. Students in semester one must complete and defend a research proposal. Students in semester two must complete and defend the research project.

Elective Courses (12 credits)


  • PSY 2800 , PSY 2830 , and PSY 2860  are for students who have not yet completed Statistics and Research Methods sequence.
  • PSY 4800 , PSY 4830 , and PSY 4860  are for students who have completed the Statistics and Research Methods sequence and require completion of at least 18 PSY credit hours.
  • PSY 2890 /PSY 4890  require students to have a current job in the field and PSY 4890  requires PSY major or minor status.
  • 12 credit hours of electives are required for Psychological Science Majors. Select 12 credits of any PSY course not already taken in the major in consultation with the program advisor.

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