2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jan 21, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Psychology, BA (GPS)


This plan outlines a four-year path to graduation. You are expected to satisfy all “success marker” courses, grades, and GPAs as specified. For part-time students and students needing to complete background material, this schedule represents the order in which courses should be taken. This suggested plan to four-year graduation does not replace regular advising appointments. Some course offerings may change.

Term One


  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Credit Hour(s): 4
  • WSU CORE - Social Science Credit Hour(s): 3
  • WSU Core - Global Traditions - Western History Credit Hour(s): 3
  • If MPL <21, Register for DEV 6000, Foundations for Statistical Concepts (2 credits)* and STT 1600, Statistical Concepts Credit Hour(s): 4
  • If MPL >=21, Register for STT 1600, Statistical Concepts Credit Hour(s): 4
  • *Note:  DEV courses do not count toward 120 required credit hours

Total: 13 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete ENG 1100  with a C or Better as it is a prerequisite for ENG 2100 

Complete PSY 1010  as it is a prerequisite for all PSY courses

Term Two


Total: 13 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS:
Complete  STT 1600 as it is a prerequisite for PSY 3010 or PSY 3030.


Term Three


Students may take either the two course sequence PSY 3010 and PSY 3020, or students may take PSY 3030.  To take PSY 3030 the student must have preformed well in prerequisites.  If you choose to take PSY 3030, do so this semester.

  • Credit Hour(s): 4
  • Credit Hour(s): 5
  • WSU CORE - Global Traditions-Global Studies Credit Hour(s): 3
  • WSU CORE - Additional Core Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY 2020, Careers in Psychology, or PSY 2030, Careers in Clinical Psychology Credit Hour(s): 1
  • Join Psychology Club (see Undergrad Student Organizations below) Credit Hour(s): N/A
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level #1 (Basic Processes) Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 14-15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS:

Complete  PSY 3010  as it is a prerequisite for PSY 3020.  

Or complete PSY 3030 as it is a prerequisite for all Capstones.

Term Four


If PSY 3030 was taken, then take a 3 credit Psychology Elective instead of PSY 3020.

  • Credit Hour(s): 4
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level #2 (Integration) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level #2 (Basic Processes) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • WSU CORE - Additional Core Course (IW, MC) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • GE - General Elective #1 (Pick a course from ANY subject) Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 15-16 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete PSY 3020  as it is a prerequisite for PSY Capstones

Term Five


  • WSU CORE - Natural Science #1 Credit Hour(s): 4
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level #4 (Integration) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level #5 (Basic, Ingetration, or Applied) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • BA Requirement - Any Course Outside of CoSM, EGR, and CS #1 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • BA Requirement - Any Course Outside of CoSM, EGR, and CS #2 Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 16 Credit Hours


CoSM = College of Science & Math; EGR = Engineering; CS = Computer Science

Term Six


  • WSU CORE - Natural Science #2 Credit Hour(s): 4
  • PSY Elective - PSY 2000-4990 #2 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • BA Requirement - Any Course Outside of CoSM, EGR, and CS #3 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • BA Requirement - Any Course Outside of CoSM, EGR, and CS #4 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level #6 (Basic, Integration, or Applied)​ Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 16 Credit Hours


Term Seven


  • PSY Capstone - PSY 4000-Level #1 (IW) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY Elective - PSY 2000-4990 #3 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • BA Requirement - Any Course Outside of CoSM, EGR, and CS #5 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • GE - General Elective #2 ( Pick a course from ANY subject) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • GE - General Elective #3 ( Pick a course from ANY subject) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY Elective - PSY 2000-4990 #4 Credit Hour(s): 2

Total: 17 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: 

Complete PSY Capstone

GRADUATION REMINDER:

Apply for graduation this term

Term Eight


  • PSY Capstone - PSY 4000-Level #2 (IW) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY Elective - PSY 2000-4990 #5 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • BA Requirement - Any Course Outside of CoSM, EGR, and CS #6 Credit Hour(s): 3
  • GE - General Elective #4 (Pick a course from ANY subject) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • GE - General Elective #5 ( Pick a course from ANY subject) Credit Hour(s): 3

Total: 15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS:
Complete PSY Capstone

Note(s):


*DEV 0600 - Required for STT 1600 if performance on Math Placement Level is <21. Credits do not count toward 120 total.



**Global Traditions (IW, MC) fulfills 3 requirements in the WSU Core: (1) Global Traditions, (2) Intensive Writing (IW), and (3) Multicultural Competence (MC)



***Admission to BA Degree: Students must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA; at least a 2.25 GPA in all psychology courses with at least 2 psychology courses taken; and 20 semester hours of course work. (The 20 semester hours can include transfer credit hours.)

Program Description


Psychology involves the scientific investigation into the mental and physiological processes, as well as the social and situational factors underlying the behaviors of human and non-human animals. The knowledge obtained from these investigations contributes to new understanding and may be used to address important problems and challenges in society. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology students will learn about diverse topics in psychology and develop valuable skills applying psychological theory, communicating effectively, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting statistical information.

Completing the BA Degree

Complete 18 credit hours outside the Colleges of Science and Mathematics (CoSM), Engineering (EGR), and Computer Science (CS). Such credits can be completed among courses in Business, Creative Arts, Education, Human Services, or Liberal Arts.

General Electives: In order to meet the total number of credits (120), students may need additional “General Elective” credits. These credits can be based on ANY course (e.g., psychology, outside of psychology, etc.).

Pursuing a Minor: Students may pursue minors in African and African American studies, anthropology, art history, business, Chinese Studies, classical humanities, communication, criminal justice, economics, English, foreign languages, geography, history, international business, international studies, international trade, music, philosophy, political science, rehabilitation services, religion, Russian Studies, sexuality studies, sociology, urban affairs, and women’s studies. Contact the specific department for details.

Career Opportunities


How to think about your career and job opportunities with an undergraduate degree (BA) in psychology

An undergraduate education in psychology at Wright State provides a strong foundation in psychological theory, research, data management, and statistical analysis. It also provides the opportunity to develop valuable communication skills, both oral and written. With these insights and highly marketable skills, psychology majors have the flexibility to pursue jobs and careers in which these needs exist.

Where can you apply your undergraduate degree (BA) in psychology?

There are currently over 50 divisions recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA), each associated with different topics areas. Consider applying what you’ll learn as a psychology major to one or more of these areas. Check out the APA website: http://www.apa.org/about/division/index.aspx for more information.

Graduate or Professional School

Some careers may require additional education beyond the undergraduate degree. Wright State offers a number of graduate programs (MA, MBA, MD, PsyD, or PhD) that may be of interest to you and your career goals. Talk with an academic advisor in the CoSM Advising Office in 106 Oelman to find out if graduate or professional school can help you with your long-term career goals.

Campus Contact Information


For information about course scheduling, call the College of Science and Math’s advising office at (937) 775-3180 or find us online https://science-math.wright.edu/advising-and-resources/academic-advising

The department office can be contacted at (937) 775-2391, and we are located in 335 Fawcett Hall.

Also check us out on facebook at: facebook.com/wsupsych.

For career information, please visit Wright State University Career Services:

http://www.wright.edu/careerservices

Additional Comments


Students are encouraged to join the Psychology Club, and, if they meet the eligibility criteria (Overall GPA 3.0, PSY GPA 3.0, 9 PSY hours, 45 total credits or 2nd semester sophomore status, and top 35% of class), Psi Chi - the National Honor Society in psychology. Joining these two organizations is a great way to learn more about psychology, to connect with other students, and to enrich your undergraduate experience. For more information, stop by the Psychology Club or Psi Chi offices in rooms 349/351 Fawcett Hall or check out http://www.wright.edu/cosm/departments/psychology/undergraduate/studentclubs.html