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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
The Department of Psychology

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Degree Requirements - Faculty - Course Descriptions
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The Department of Psychology offers two programs of study leading to the bachelor's degree. It also offers courses of interest to the general public.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology is for those who wish to obtain a broad liberal arts education with a concentration in psychology. It is also preparation for graduate studies in psychology and many other fields.

The Bachelor of Science degree in psychology is intended for those students preparing for work and study in fields requiring more mathematics and sciences. It is also suitable for premedical and predental students. Students preparing for study in the health professions including medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, optometry, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine should also be advised by the Health Professions Advisor in the office of the Dean of Science, Room 206, Life Science Building in order to meet the requirements of the corresponding professional schools.

Courses of general interest to the academic community include the following, which have no prerequisites:

Restrictions: Psychology courses, except those cross-listed with biology, cannot be used to fulfill any of the science requirements, and must be taken under a BIOL course number for that purpose.

For career information visit www.uta.edu/psychology/psychologycareers.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours from English or modern and classical languages literature.

History

Six hours of American History, or three hours of American History and three hours of Texas History.

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or INSY 2303 or any equivalent course. Alternatively, the requirement may be met by passing the university computer competency test.

Oral Communication Competency

COMS 1301, COMS 2305, COMS 3302 or equivalent courses approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages*

Six hours from the Cultural Studies List as listed in the Handbook for Psychology Majors or levels III and IV of a modern or classical language. Three of the six hours also serves to satisfy the core curriculum requirement of a three-hour liberal arts elective above the freshmen level.

Mathematics*

1323 or 1325 and 1426, plus three hours of MATH or statistics above the freshman level approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Political Science

2311 and 2312 or any six hours meeting the legislative requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours of designated courses in architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies**

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics.

Other Natural Science

A total of 15 hours including two of the following sequences, or one of these sequences plus an additional seven hours in the same discipline: BIOL 1441 and 1442, or CHEM 1441 and 1442, or GEOL 1425 and an additional 4-hour GEOL course with laboratory, or PHYS 1443 and 1444, or PHYS 1441 and 1442.

Major

48 hours to include 1315; 2443; 2444; one four-hour lab/lecture from each of the Groups I, II, III, and IV; one three-hour lecture course from each of the Groups I, II, III, and IV; (4355 or 4356 may be substituted for one of the lecture courses in Group I, II, III, or IV; only one substitution may be made); nine hours of other advanced Psychology electives.

Lab/Lectures (four hours)
I. 3315 + 3144.
II. 3322 + 3142; 3326 + 3146; 3420.
III. 3431; 4334 + 3145.
IV. 4357 + 3143

Lectures (three hours)
I. 3310, 3311, 3313, 3314,3315, 3319.
II. 3322, 3326, 3329, 4325, 4327, 4329.
III. 4332, 4334, 4335, 4337,4339.
IV. 3316, 3317, 3318, 4310, 4357.

Other advanced Psychology electives: 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3306, 3307, 3312, 3320, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4306, 4333, 4338, 4359; and Individual Study Courses (3100, 3351, 3352, 3355, 4155, 4161, 4181, 4261, 4281, 4361, 4381, 4398).

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree.

Total

128 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

*Prerequisites may add hours to the total required for the degree.

**Psychology majors may not use psychology courses to meet this requirement.

Suggested Course Distribution for Bachelor of Science Degree1

Freshman Year
First Semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1323; HIST 1311; PSYC 1315; Natural Science2, 4 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.
Second Semester: ENGL 1302; MATH 1426; HIST 1312; Natural Science2, 4 hours; computer competency, 3 hours - Total Credit 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: PSYC 2443; Natural Science, 4 hours; POLS 2311; Literature, 3 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours - Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: PSYC 2444; Natural Science2, 3 hours; POLS 2312; Social Cultural requirement, 3 hours; general elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: Psychology lecture (2 courses)3, 6 hours; Psychology lab/lecture3, 4 hours; Modern Language III or substitution, 3 hours; general elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: Psychology lecture3, 3 hours; Psychology lab/lecture3, 4 hours; advanced Psychology elective2, 3 hours; Modern Language IV or substitution, 3 hours; Math or statistics4, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: Psychology lecture3, 3 hours; Psychology lab/lecture3, 4 hours; advanced Psychology elective2, 3 hours; general electives, 6 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: Psychology lab/lecture3, 4 hours; advanced Psychology elective2, 3 hours; COMS 2305; general elective, 4 hours - Total Credit 14 hours.

1 These are suggestions only. See your academic advisor for an actual degree worksheet.
2 See catalog for acceptable courses.
3 Must include one from each group. See catalog or handbook for courses.
4 2000 level or above.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours from English or modern and classical languages literature.

Modern and Classical Languages*

14 hours in a single modern or classical language or eight hours in a language plus six hours from the Cultural Studies List as listed in the Handbook for Psychology Majors or levels III and IV of a modern or classical language. Three of the six hours also serves to satisfy the core curriculum requirement of a three-hour liberal arts elective above the freshmen level.

History

Six hours of American History, or three hours of American History and three hours of Texas History.

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or INSY 2303 or any equivalent course. Alternatively, the requirement may be met by the University computer competency test.

Oral Communication Competency

COMS 1301, COMS 2305, COMS 3302 or equivalent courses approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Mathematics*

Six hours: 1302 or 1315, and 1303 or 1316 or 3 hours of MATH approved by the Undergraduate Advisor, or 1324 and three additional hours of MATH approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Political Science

2311 and 2312 or any six hours meeting the legislative requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours of designated courses from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies**

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics.

Natural Science

Eleven hours, including eight hours from one of: BIOL 1333, 1334, 1282; CHEM 1445 and 1446; GEOL 1425 and an additional four-hour GEOL course with laboratory; PHYS 1401 and 1402 or any sequence listed in Other Science in the Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, plus three hours in Science approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Major

44 hours to include 1315; 2443; 2444; three four-hour lab/lecture courses from three of the four Groups I, II, III, and IV; one three-hour lecture course from each of the Groups I, II, III, and IV; (4355 or 4356 may be substituted for one of the lecture courses in Group I, II, III, or IV; only one substitution may be made); nine hours of other advanced Psychology electives. For the definitions of Groups I, II, III, and IV, and other advanced Psychology electives, see the Bachelor of Science degree plan.

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

*Prerequisites may add hours to the total required for the degree.

**Psychology majors may not use psychology courses to meet this requirement.

Suggested Course Distribution for Bachelor of Arts Degree1

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1302; PSYC 1315; Natural Science2, 4 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.
Second Semester: ENGL 1302; MATH 1303; Natural Science2, 4 hours; computer competency, 3 hours; Social Cultural requirement, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: PSYC 2443; HIST 1311; Modern Language I, 4 hours; POLS 2311 - Total Credit 14 hours.
Second Semester: PSYC 2444; HIST 1312; Modern Language II, 4 hours; POLS 2312 - Total Credit 14 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: Psychology lecture (2 courses)3, 6 hours; Psychology lab/lecture, 4 hours; Modern Language III or substitution, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.
Second Semester: Psychology lecture3, 3 hours; Psychology lab/lecture, 4 hours; advanced Psychology elective3, 3 hours; Modern Language IV or substitution, 3 hours; general elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: Psychology lab/lecture, 3 hours; advanced Psychology elective2, 3 hours; Natural Science2, 3 hours; general elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 13 hours.
Second Semester: Psychology lecture3, 3 hours; advanced Psychology elective2, 3 hours; COMS 2305; general electives, 6 hours - Total Credit 15 hours.

1 These are suggestions only. See your academic advisor for an actual degree worksheet. 2 See catalog for acceptable courses.3 Must include one from each group. See catalog or handbook for courses.

Acceptance Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Students who wish to apply for major status in psychology must first meet the University and College of Science requirements for admission to major status and the specific requirements of the Department of Psychology listed below.

Students currently enrolled at the University may qualify to change their major to psychology by meeting the requirements listed above depending on their current status.

Academic Probation (College of Science): Majors whose overall GPA or GPA in major courses falls below 2.25 will be placed on probation and must consult with the Department Advisor prior to enrolling in additional courses.

Admission to Upper-Level Laboratory Courses: To enroll in the upper-level laboratory courses, (PSYC 3142, 3143, 3144, 3145, 3146, 3420, 3431), the student must make a C or better in both PSYC 2443 and 2444 or equivalent courses, and (except for PSYC 3420 and 3431, which are 4-credit courses) must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the associated upper-division lecture course.

Multiple Majors

To qualify psychology as part of a multiple major, it is necessary to complete the requirements for a B.S. major or a B.A. major in psychology, plus the requirements for another major. Both majors must be either B.A. or B.S. The diploma and transcript will reflect both majors.

Distinguished Scholars in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a Distinguished Scholars program in psychology. This program is intended to provide students with the opportunity for intellectual and professional development that will take them beyond the requirements of the basic B.A. or B.S. degrees. Thus, the program serves to promote and acknowledge the special achievements of participating students.

To qualify, the student must have completed 30 hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in residence at UT Arlington, including 10 hours in psychology, with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or better. The student does background reading and designs a study with a faculty sponsor in PSYC 4361, then performs the research project and writes an honors thesis in PSYC 4398. In most cases, the six hours of Distinguished Scholar credit will not increase the total hours necessary to complete the B.A. or B.S. degree.

Qualified students or students who believe they may qualify should contact the undergraduate advisor as soon as possible after completing PSYC 2444.

Psychology Faculty

Chair

Professor Gatchel

Professors

Amster, Baum, Bernstein, Ickes, Levine, Mellgren, Paulus

Associate Professors

Fuchs, Jackson, Jensen-Campbell, Kopp, Mann, Peng

Assistant Professors

Basco, Dougall, Ewen, Frame, Kenworthy, Kimball, Odegard, Perrotti

Professors Emeritus

Cox, Erickson


View Course Descriptions for: Psychology (PSYC)