Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Health Psychology Concentration

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing this degree must complete at least 38 credits in psychology and 35 credits in supporting courses. Of the 38 credits earned through basic psychology courses, applied psychology courses and electives, 24 credits must be at the 300 and 400 level.

Students may choose to complete a concentration in developmental psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, human factors and applied cognition, or work and organizational psychology. Courses required for a concentration may simultaneously satisfy other degree requirements. The concentrations in forensic psychology, human factors and applied cognition, and work and organizational psychology meet the applied psychology requirement.

Basic courses in psychology (23-32 credits)

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in these courses with a minimum grade of 1.67 (C-) in each one. Courses taken to fulfill these requirements may simultaneously satisfy a concentration.

One introductory course (3 credits)

PSYC 100 - Basic Concepts in Psychology

Three or four foundational courses (9 or 12 credits)

PSYC 231 - Social Psychology

PSYC 317 - Cognitive Psychology

plus

PSYC 211 - Developmental Psychology

or two of the following

PSYC 313 - Child Development Credits: 3, PSYC 314 - Adolescent Development Credits: 3, PSYC 415 - Psychological Factors in Aging Credits: 3

Two research methods courses (7 credits)

PSYC 300 - Statistics in Psychology

PSYC 301 - Research Methods in Psychology

One psychology lab course (1 or 4 credits) chosen from:

The course chosen to fulfill this requirement cannot be the same course used to fulfill the technical writing requirement below.

PSYC 304 - Principles of Learning

PSYC 309 - Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing

PSYC 320 - Psychological Tests and Measurements

PSYC 373 - Physiological Psychology Laboratory

One or two courses in biopsychology (3 or 6 credits) chosen from:

Students who have a strong interest in biopsychology or cognitive neuroscience are encouraged to take PSYC 375/376 rather than PSYC 372. Only students who receive transfer credit for PSYC 372 may use it in place of PSYC 375 as the prerequisite for PSYC 376. Students taking PSYC 372 at Mason may not use it in place of PSYC 375

PSYC 372 - Physiological Psychology

or both

PSYC 375 - Brain and Sensory Processes and PSYC 376 - Brain and Behavior Credits: 3

Note

Students are strongly encouraged to complete PSYC 300 and 301 by their junior year. PSYC 300 is a prerequisite to several courses, and a background in research methods facilitates understanding empirical research discussed in all psychology courses.

Applied psychology courses or optional concentration

Students pursuing a BS in psychology complete 2 applied psychology courses chosen from the list below.

Alternatively, students may earn an approved concentration to satisfy the applied psychology requirement.

Two courses in applied psychology (6-7 credits)

Students pursuing the BS without concentration take 6-7 credits chosen from the list below.

Alternatively, students may earn an approved concentration to satisfy the applied psychology requirement.

PSYC 320 - Psychological Tests and Measurements

PSYC 325 - Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 333 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

PSYC 340 - Human Factors Psychology

PSYC 379 - Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 381 - Mental Illness and Criminal Justice

PSYC 427 - Community Engagement for Social Change

Other concentrations

Students may choose to complete a concentration in development psychology, educational psychology, or health psychology.

◊ Concentration in Health Psychology (HPSY)

Students pursuing the BS with concentration in health psychology take 12 credits. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all course work applied to the concentration.

Students who successfully complete the Psychology Department Honors Program (PSYC 490, 491, and 492) with an honors thesis/project focused on health or well-being may, with approval of their thesis committees and the associate chair for undergraduate studies, substitute their honors work for one course in the concentration.

Specific requirements for the concentration are listed below.

One required well-being course (3 credits)

PSYC 417 - Science of Well Being

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 211 - Developmental Psychology

PSYC 321 - Counseling Psychology

PSYC 325 - Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 408 - Psychological Fitness

PSYC 461 - Special Topics (when topic is related to health and well-being and approved by the psychology department)

Total: 12 credits

Psychology electives (0-9 credits)

Students complete the 38 required credits with electives in psychology (PSYC) with the following restrictions.

  • A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 327 and PSYC 328 may be applied to required psychology credits.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 260, PSYC 350, and PSYC 460 may be applied to required psychology credits.
  • No more than 9 credits of PSYC 327, 328, 260, 350, and 460 can be taken without written permission of the department chair.
  • No more than 6 credits of D may be applied toward this requirement.

PSYC 465 is strongly recommended for all students who plan to attend graduate school in psychology.

If an approved psychology course is used to meet the technical writing requirement, it may also be applied as a psychology elective.

Supporting courses (35-40 credits)

These courses broaden the requirements to include humanities and strengthen the science, quantitative and writing components of the degree.

One course (3-4 credits) in technical writing chosen from:

 The psychology classes in this list may also be applied as a psychology elective.

ENGH 388 - Professional and Technical Writing

PSYC 304 - Principles of Learning

PSYC 309 - Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing

PSYC 320 - Psychological Tests and Measurements

Four courses (14-16 credits) of natural science

Two required science courses (8 credits)

BIOL 103 - Introductory Biology I

BIOL 104 - Introductory Biology II OR BIOL 213 - Cell Structure and Function Credits: 4

Two elective science courses (6-8 credits)

Students fill this requirement with any two courses in the natural sciences.

Two courses (6-8 credits) of quantitative reasoning chosen from:

MATH 108 - Introductory Calculus with Business Applications

MATH 110 - Introductory Probability

MATH 111 - Linear Mathematical Modeling

MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I

STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II

One course (3 credits) in humanities

Students can choose courses from PHIL (but not PHIL 173 or 376), RELI, ARTH, AVT, MUSI, DANC, THR.

Two courses (6 credits) in social and behavioral science

Students can choose courses from ANTH, ECON, GOVT, HIST, SOCI or any non-psychology course that has been approved to meet the Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science. Courses in psychology may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

One additional course (3 credits) in humanities or social and behavioral science

Students choose an additional course from the lists under the requirements in humanities and social sciences above (and with the same restrictions).

Note

Students who have limited technology skills are encouraged to take IT 104.

Total: 70-78 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in psychology may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing PSYC 301, PSYC 304, or PSYC 309. Students who receive transfer credit for a research methods course must take PSYC 304, or PSYC 309 unless the transfer course has been approved as writing intensive.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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