2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jan 25, 2021  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED 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


Total: 14 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: 16 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete MTH 1260  (or place out of MTH 1260  - see * below) as it is a prerequisite for STT 1600 .

Term Three


  • Credit Hour(s): 4
  • WSU CORE - Additional Core Course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • WSU CORE - Natural Science # 2 Credit Hour(s): 4
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level (Basic Processes #1) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Join Psychology Club (see Undergrad Student Organizations below) Credit Hour(s): N/A

Total: 14 Credit Hours


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

Term Four


  • Credit Hour(s): 3 (ENG 2110 , ENG 2120 , or ENG 2130  may be taken)
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level (Integration of Basic Processes #1) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level (Basic Processes #2) 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 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete ENG 2100  with a C or Better
Consider pursuing a minor with General Elective courses

Term Five


  • Credit Hour(s): 4
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level (Integration of Basic Processes #2) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level (Pick a course from Basic, Integration, or Application of Basic Processes) 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


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete PSY 3010  as it a prerequisite for PSY 3020 ; CoSM = Science & Math; EGR = Engineering; CS = Computer Science

Term Six


  • Credit Hour(s): 4
  • PSY CORE - PSY 3000-Level (Pick a course from Basic, Integration, or Application of Basic Processes) Credit Hour(s): 3
  • PSY Elective - PSY 2000-3910 #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

Total: 16 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete PSY 3020  as it is a prerequisite for PSY Capstones and the Special Electives PSY 4030 , PSY 4040 , and PSY 4060 

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

Total: 15 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: 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 #4 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): 2

Total: 14 Credit Hours


SUCCESS MARKERS: Complete both PSY Capstones

Note(s):


*MPT scores < 3 requires the completion of a Developmental Math Course (DEV 0950 ), MPT scores = 3 requires MTH 1260  (a prerequisite for STT 1600 ), MPT scores >= 4 exempts from MTH 1260 , but will require 4 additional General Elective credits.
**Global Traditions (IW, MC) fulfills 3 requirements in the WSU Core: (1) Global Traditions, (2) Integrative 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 Psychology Undergraduate Program (PUP) Office to find out if graduate or professional school can help you with your long-term career goals.

Campus Contact Information


For information, stop by the PUP Office in 342 Fawcett Hall or call us at 937-775-4155. You can also email us at: psychadv@psych.wright.edu or check out our website: http://www.wright.edu/cosm/departments/psychology/undergraduate/index.html. 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