Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

Students pursuing a B.A. or a B.S. in psychology may choose to concentrate either in Work and Organizational Psychology or Developmental Psychology.

Note: a concentration is a narrow specialization within a student’s major/field of study. This is different from a minor, which is a secondary field of study a student pursues outside of their major.

Developmental Psychology

The developmental psychology concentration is designed to provide students with understanding in the many ways in which peoples thinking and abilities change over time. Coursework provides for a broad foundation in psychology across the lifespan while also allowing for students to focus on a developmental period (e.g. childhood).The concentration in developmental psychology may be of interest to students who are planning to attend graduate school in developmental psychology or a related field, such as human development and family studies, school psychology, or clinical child psychology. In addition, the coursework will help prepare students to work with people directly, or to be employed in contexts (e.g., schools or agencies) that work with people. 

Students may also choose to concentrate in Developmental Psychology by completing PSYC 211 (Developmental Psychology) and PSYC 313 (Child Development), plus one to two of the six courses listed below (12 credits in total). Students who successfully complete the Psychology Department Honors Program (PSYC 490, 491, and 492) with an honors thesis/project focused on developmental psychology, or those enrolled in PSYC 499 (Senior Thesis) may, with approval of their thesis committees and the associate chair for undergraduate studies, use their honors work or thesis for one course (3 hours) in the concentration.

Students must earn a Minimum GPA of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the concentration.

Courses that may be used to fulfill remaining requirements for the Developmental concentration are as follows:

PSYC 314 Adolescent Development
PSYC 379 Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 414 Behavior Disorders of Childhood
PSYC 415 Psychological Factors in Aging
PSYC 460 Independent Study in Psychology (developmental content only)
PSYC 461 Special Topics in Psychology (developmental content only)

Total: 12 credits

Educational Psychology

Educational psychology as a field focuses on learning processes. This concentration focuses on the theoretical and applied aspects of learning, motivation, human development, personality, assessment, teaching, and evaluation in educational settings. Coursework enables students to apply psychological principles to the learning process in the classroom context during childhood and adolescence.  The concentration in educational psychology may be of interest to students who are planning to attend graduate school in educational psychology, developmental psychology, or education. In addition, the coursework will help prepare students to work in businesses that have an educational component or in educational settings themselves. Furthermore, students with general elective credits may choose to pick up additional psychology courses with this additional concentration.

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all course work applied to the concentration.

Students pursuing the concentration in educational psychology take 12 credits.

Two required educational psychology courses (6 credits)

PSYC 312 - Educational Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 320 - Psychological Tests and Measurements Credits: 4

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 304 - Principles of Learning Credits: 4

PSYC 313 - Child Development Credits: 3

PSYC 314 - Adolescent Development Credits: 3

PSYC 322 - Behavior Modification Credits: 3-5

PSYC 460 - Independent Study in Psychology Credits: 1-4(educational content only with department approval)

PSYC 461 - Special Topics Credits: 1-3 (educational content only, with department approval)

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

Total: 12 credits

Human Factors and Applied Cognition

The undergraduate concentration in Human Factors and Applied Cognition is open to any major but may be of particular interest to students who are planning to attend graduate school in human factors and applied cognition, engineering, or a design related field. Students take courses aimed at promoting an understanding of matching the functionality of the technology to the user interface and human capabilities. Students who are considering careers in any area of human factors including, human-computer interaction, usability, design, human performance assessment, accident investigation, or safety would benefit from this concentration. Students who successfully complete the Psychology Department Honors Program (PSYC 490, 491, and 492) with an honors thesis/project focused on a human factors or applied cognition topic may, with approval of their thesis committees and the associate chair for undergraduate studies, substitute their honors work for one course in the concentration.

Students must earn a Minimum GPA of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the concentration.

Two required courses (6 credits)

PSYC 317 - Cognitive Psychology Credits: 3
PSYC 340 - Human Factors Psychology  Credits:3

Two courses (6-7 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 309 - Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing Credits: 4
PSYC 333 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology Credits: 3
PSYC 372 - Physiological Psychology Credits: 3
PSYC 460 - Independent Study in Psychology Credits: 1-4 (with human factors and applied cognition faculty member)
PSYC 530 - Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors Credits: 3 (course has a prerequisite of PSYC 317)

Total: 12-13 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Work and Organizational Psychology

The Work and Organizational Psychology concentration may be of interest to students who are planning to attend graduate school in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology or a related field such as organizational behavior or human resources management. Students who are considering a career in business may find this concentration advantageous for careers in training and development, human resources, and management.  Students who successfully complete the Psychology Department Honors Program (PSYC 490, 491, and 492) with an honors thesis/project focused on I/O psychology may, with approval of their thesis committees and the associate chair for undergraduate studies, substitute their honors work for one course in the concentration.

Students must earn a Minimum GPA of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the concentration.

One required applied psychology course (3 credits)

PSYC 333 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

Three courses (9-10 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 320 - Psychological Tests and Measurements Credits: 4
PSYC 335 - Psychology of Creativity and Innovation Credits: 3
PSYC 435 - Personnel Training and Development: A Psychological Perspective Credits: 3
PSYC 461 - Special Topics Credits: 1-3 (when topic is Occupational Health Psychology or Work and Family with prior written approval)
PSYC 467 - The Psychology of Working in Groups and Teams Credits: 3

Total: 12-13 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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