Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Science in Psychology (PSYBS - Any Option) - University Park or 2+2 Change of Location

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Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition Notes for: ENGL 015

ENGL 015

International students may wish to schedule ESL 015, which also fulfills GWS.
or CAS/ENGL 137H Rhetoric and Civic Life I (GWS)Notes for: CAS/ENGL 137H

CAS/ENGL 137H

Only students aspiring to the Paterno Fellows Program should schedule this course.
3
PSYCH 100 Introductory Psychology (ETM)Notes for: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 100

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Quantification Course (GQ) (ETM)Notes for: Quantification Course

Quantification Course

It is not a prerequisite but recommended that students take MATH 021 if they have placed into MATH 021 or higher before taking STAT 200/PSYCH 200.
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Humanities Course (GH) (FYS)Notes for: Humanities Course

Humanities Course

Students should try to combine First-Year Seminar (FYS) requirements with general education requirements. Students completing the CAS/ENGL 137H/138T sequence do not need to schedule a separate FYS course.
3
Option CourseNotes for: Option Course

Option Course

Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Total credits 15

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100

CAS 100

CAS 100A, CAS 100B, and CAS 100C are all appropriate choices.
or ENGL/CAS 138T Rhetoric and Civic Life II (GWS) (FYS)Notes for: ENGL/CAS 138T

ENGL/CAS 138T

Only those students who completed ENGL/CAS 137H in the previous semester should schedule this course.
3
PSYCH 2XX Course (Group A)Notes for: PSYCH 2XX Group A

PSYCH 2XX Group A

Students in the Neuroscience option (NEURO) are required to take PSYCH 260 so they may fulfill Group A with PSYCH 260.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
STAT 200 Elementary Statistics (ETM)Notes for: STAT 200

STAT 200

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PSYCH 200 Elementary Statistics in PscyhologyNotes for: PSYCH 200

PSYCH 200

PSYCH 200 is not offered at University Park.
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course (GS) (ETM)Notes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Health and Physical Activity Course (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity Course

1.5
Total credits 14.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
PSYCH 2XX Course (Group B)Notes for: PSYCH 2XX Group B

PSYCH 2XX Group B

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option Supporting CourseNotes for: Option Supporting Course

Option Supporting Course

Each option requires a unique mix of courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and/or natural sciences, which are not the same as general education requirements. Please review degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Humanities Course (GH) (IL)Notes for: Humanities Course with IL

Humanities Course with IL

Students must complete at least 3 credits of International (IL) and 3 credits of United States (US) Cultures courses. These requirements can be combined with general education or major courses with the US/IL designation.
3
Natural Science Course (GN)

Natural Science Course

3
Quantification Course (GQ)Notes for: Quantification Course

Quantification Course

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
PSYCH 105 Psychology as a Science and ProfessionNotes for: PSYCH 105

PSYCH 105

Students at a campus location other than University Park may not have the option of completing PSYCH 105 during this semester. Students in that situation are advised to take any PSYCH 2XX-level course requirement they have not yet completed (Group A, B, C, or additional): http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PSYCH 2XX Course (Group C)Notes for: PSYCH 2XX Course Group C

PSYCH 2XX Course Group C

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option CourseNotes for: Option Course

Option Course

Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Science Course (GN)

Natural Science Course

3
Arts Course (GA)

Arts Course

3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course (GS) (US)Notes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences Course

Social and Behavioral Sciences Course

Students must complete at least 3 credits of International (IL) and 3 credits of United States (US) Cultures courses. These requirements can be combined with general education or major courses with the US/IL designation.
3
Health and Physical Activity Course (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity Course

1.5
Total credits 16.5

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
PSYCH 2XX Course (Group C)Notes for: PSYCH 2XX Group C

PSYCH 2XX Group C

Students who had a change of location from another campus to University Park who have not yet completed PSYCH 105 should take PSYCH 105 instead of a PSYCH 2XX-level course for this semester: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/courses/P/PSYCH/105/200607SP
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or PSYCH 105 Psychology as a Science and ProfessionNotes for: PSYCH 105

PSYCH 105

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PSYCH 4XX CourseNotes for: PSYCH 4XX

PSYCH 4XX

Students may select any PSYCH 4XX-level course. Only three credits of PSYCH 493, 494, 495, or 496 may apply toward these requirements. Students are encouraged to do at least three credits of PSYCH 494 Research Project, but students may do more than three credits. Credits beyond the three credits in additional PSYCH 4XX courses will count toward electives. Students may receive credit for no more than 12 credits of these additional PSYCH 4XX courses.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option CourseNotes for: Option Course

Option Course

Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Science Course (GN)

Natural Science Course

3
Elective CourseNotes for: Elective Course

Elective Course

Electives may be used to fulfill students' academic interests or for exploration toward something like a minor: http://dus.psu.edu/students/minorquest/
3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
PSYCH 301W Basic Research Methods in PsychologyNotes for: PSYCH 301W

PSYCH 301W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
PSYCH 4XX CourseNotes for: PSYCH 4XX

PSYCH 4XX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option CourseNotes for: Option Course

Option Course

Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option Supporting CourseNotes for: Option Supporting Course

Option Supporting Course

Each option requires a unique mix of courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and/or natural sciences, which are not the same as general education requirements. Please review degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective CourseNotes for: Elective Course

Elective Course

Electives may be used to fulfill students' academic interests or toward something like an general internship: http://laus.la.psu.edu/network/internships or a clinical psychology internship: http://psych.la.psu.edu/undergrad/internships.html
3
Total credits 16

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
ENGL 202A Effective Writing: Writing in the Social SciencesNotes for: ENGL 202A

ENGL 202A

Students in PSYBS are required to take ENGL 202A specifically.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
PSYCH 2XX (Additional)Notes for: PSYCH 2XX Additional

PSYCH 2XX Additional

You may use any PSYCH 2XX-level course here with the exception of PSYCH 294, 295, 296, or 297.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PSYCH 4XX CourseNotes for: PSYCH 4XX Course

PSYCH 4XX Course

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Arts Course (GA)

Arts Course

3
Elective CourseNotes for: Elective Course

Elective Course

Even if students have already completed PSYCH 494 for 3 credits toward the major, they may wish to register for PSYCH 494 for additional semesters. Students may receive credit for this course for up to 12 credits, of which 3 credits may be applied toward the major. The same applies to PSYCH 493, 495, and 496 or any combination of these experiential learning courses.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
PSYCH 490 Senior Seminar in PsychologyNotes for: PSYCH 490

PSYCH 490

Students can find senior seminar topics here: http://psych.la.psu.edu/undergrad/PSYCH%20490%20FALL%202014.pdf
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PSYCH 4XX CourseNotes for: PSYCH 4XX

PSYCH 4XX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option CourseNotes for: Option Course

Option Course

Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Option Supporting CourseNotes for: Option Supporting Course

Option Supporting Course

Each option requires a unique mix of courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and/or natural sciences, which are not the same as general education requirements. Please review degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective Course

Elective Course

4
Total credits 16

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

ENGL 015
International students may wish to schedule ESL 015, which also fulfills GWS.
CAS/ENGL 137H
Only students aspiring to the Paterno Fellows Program should schedule this course.
Quantification Course
It is not a prerequisite but recommended that students take MATH 021 if they have placed into MATH 021 or higher before taking STAT 200/PSYCH 200.
Humanities Course
Students should try to combine First-Year Seminar (FYS) requirements with general education requirements. Students completing the CAS/ENGL 137H/138T sequence do not need to schedule a separate FYS course.
Option Course
Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
CAS 100
CAS 100A, CAS 100B, and CAS 100C are all appropriate choices.
ENGL/CAS 138T
Only those students who completed ENGL/CAS 137H in the previous semester should schedule this course.
PSYCH 2XX Group A
Students in the Neuroscience option (NEURO) are required to take PSYCH 260 so they may fulfill Group A with PSYCH 260.
PSYCH 200
PSYCH 200 is not offered at University Park.
Option Supporting Course
Each option requires a unique mix of courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and/or natural sciences, which are not the same as general education requirements. Please review degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Humanities Course with IL
Students must complete at least 3 credits of International (IL) and 3 credits of United States (US) Cultures courses. These requirements can be combined with general education or major courses with the US/IL designation.
PSYCH 105
Students at a campus location other than University Park may not have the option of completing PSYCH 105 during this semester. Students in that situation are advised to take any PSYCH 2XX-level course requirement they have not yet completed (Group A, B, C, or additional): http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS
Option Course
Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course
Students must complete at least 3 credits of International (IL) and 3 credits of United States (US) Cultures courses. These requirements can be combined with general education or major courses with the US/IL designation.
PSYCH 2XX Group C
Students who had a change of location from another campus to University Park who have not yet completed PSYCH 105 should take PSYCH 105 instead of a PSYCH 2XX-level course for this semester: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/courses/P/PSYCH/105/200607SP
PSYCH 4XX
Students may select any PSYCH 4XX-level course. Only three credits of PSYCH 493, 494, 495, or 496 may apply toward these requirements. Students are encouraged to do at least three credits of PSYCH 494 Research Project, but students may do more than three credits. Credits beyond the three credits in additional PSYCH 4XX courses will count toward electives. Students may receive credit for no more than 12 credits of these additional PSYCH 4XX courses.
Option Course
Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Elective Course
Electives may be used to fulfill students' academic interests or for exploration toward something like a minor: http://dus.psu.edu/students/minorquest/
Option Course
Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Option Supporting Course
Each option requires a unique mix of courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and/or natural sciences, which are not the same as general education requirements. Please review degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Elective Course
Electives may be used to fulfill students' academic interests or toward something like an general internship: http://laus.la.psu.edu/network/internships or a clinical psychology internship: http://psych.la.psu.edu/undergrad/internships.html
ENGL 202A
Students in PSYBS are required to take ENGL 202A specifically.
PSYCH 2XX Additional
You may use any PSYCH 2XX-level course here with the exception of PSYCH 294, 295, 296, or 297.
Elective Course
Even if students have already completed PSYCH 494 for 3 credits toward the major, they may wish to register for PSYCH 494 for additional semesters. Students may receive credit for this course for up to 12 credits, of which 3 credits may be applied toward the major. The same applies to PSYCH 493, 495, and 496 or any combination of these experiential learning courses.
PSYCH 490
Students can find senior seminar topics here: http://psych.la.psu.edu/undergrad/PSYCH%20490%20FALL%202014.pdf
Option Course
Students may select any course for which they meet prerequisites, if applicable, from their current or intended option. Please see degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.
Option Supporting Course
Each option requires a unique mix of courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and/or natural sciences, which are not the same as general education requirements. Please review degree audit or bulletin page for your intended degree program for more information: http://bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad/programs/baccalaureate/P/PSYBS. Please consult with your academic adviser if necessary.