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2012 - 2013

BS in Psychology
(52–53 hours*)


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  1. At least 36 of the total major credits must be 300-level or above. (Students can enroll in 500-level courses on a space-available basis.)
  2. The Psychology Department requires a minimum of 23 hours of psychology major credit to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  3. A maximum of 13 hours may be taken as Independent Study (only 8 of which may count as departmental residence hours).
  4. Complete one course from the following:
  5. Complete the following prerequisite courses:
      PSYCH 101 : Orientation to the Psychology Major. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 101 : Orientation to the Psychology Major. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Overview of curriculum and major requirements, faculty research programs and specialties, campus resources, and career possibilities.
      NOTE: Required seminar for all students entering major.

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 111 : Introduction to Psychological Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 111 : Introduction to Psychological Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Basic course in modern scientific psychology.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 210 : A History of Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 210 : A History of Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 111
      RECOMMENDED: May be taken concurrently with Psych 301.
      DESCRIPTION: Overview of psychological thinking from Ancient Greece to the present. Emphasizes a critical stance toward the assumptions and implications of major psychological theories.
      NOTE: This course contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test.

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      Note: These courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the courses listed in item 7 below.
  6. Complete one multicultural issues course from the following:
  7. Complete the following prerequisite courses:
      PSYCH 301 : Psychological Statistics. (4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 301 : Psychological Statistics. (4:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 101 & PSYCH 111; Math 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Descriptive analysis and hypothesis testing applied to psychological research data.
      NOTE: May be taken concurrently with Psych 210. Stat 121 will not substitute for this course. Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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      PSYCH 302 : Psychological Research Design and Analysis. (3:2.5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 302 : Psychological Research Design and Analysis. (3:2.5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 210 & PSYCH 301
      DESCRIPTION: Basic principles of designing, conducting, and reporting psychological investigations.
      NOTE: May be taken concurrently with Psych 303 or 304. Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 303 : Writing Within Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 303 : Writing Within Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 210 & PSYCH 301; Engl 150 or equivalent.
      RECOMMENDED: Concurrent enrollment in Psych 302 is highly recommended.
      DESCRIPTION: Processes of research-oriented writing and presentation for psychology majors.
      NOTE: May be taken concurrently with Psych 302 or 304. Fulfills GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement. Engl 315 will substitute for this course.

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        (May be taken concurrently with Psych 302 or 304.)
      PSYCH 304 : Psychological Testing. (3:2.5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 304 : Psychological Testing. (3:2.5:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: PSYCH 210 & PSYCH 301
      DESCRIPTION: Construction and validation of standardized psychological tests.
      NOTE: May be taken concurrently with Psych 302 or 303. Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test.

      Course Outcomes


      Note 1: Psych 301 is prerequisite to both Psych 302 and 304 and may be taken concurrently with 210.

      Note 2: Psych 302 and 304 may be taken concurrently.

      Note 3: Students considering application to graduate study are strongly encouraged to take Psych 300.

  8. Complete one gender issues course from the following:
  9. Complete one course from the following:
      PSYCH 320 : Developmental Psychology: Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 320 : Developmental Psychology: Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the child.
      NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 342 : Abnormal Psychology. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 342 : Abnormal Psychology. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Dynamics of maladjustment; major psychological disorders and therapeutic procedures. Fieldwork required.
      NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Psych 320 or 342 cannot be double-counted here and in Cluster A.

  10. Complete the following:
      PSYCH 350 : (Psych-Soc) Introduction to Social Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 350 : (Psych-Soc) Introduction to Social Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Conformity and obedience; socialization, norms, roles; attitudes, leadership, group processes.
      NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 381 : Behavioral Neurobiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 381 : Behavioral Neurobiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent. (Neuro 205 will substitute for Psych 302.)
      DESCRIPTION: Basic physiological, anatomical, and chemical foundations of psychology.
      NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

      Course Outcomes


  11. Complete three courses in one of the following clusters. In addition, complete one additional course listed in the other clusters (Psych 301, 302, 303, and 304 are required prerequisites):
      Cluster A — Developmental and Clinical Psychology:
        Complete three courses from the following:
          PSYCH 311 : Critical Issues in Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 311 : Critical Issues in Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Critical and comparative examination of underlying theoretical and philosophical issues relavant to contemporary social, personality, and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 320 : Developmental Psychology: Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 320 : Developmental Psychology: Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the child.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

          Course Outcomes


            (will not double-count with item 9 above)
          PSYCH 321 : Developmental Psychology: Adolescence. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 321 : Developmental Psychology: Adolescence. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Development and maturation during adolescence; research methodology.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test.

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 322 : Developmental Psychology: Adulthood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 322 : Developmental Psychology: Adulthood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Stability and change in psychological, physiological, and interpersonal processes through early, middle, and late adulthood.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test.

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          PSYCH 341 : Personality. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Individual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion; personality theories and their associated strategies of research, assessments, and personality change.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 342 : Abnormal Psychology. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 342 : Abnormal Psychology. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          DESCRIPTION: Dynamics of maladjustment; major psychological disorders and therapeutic procedures. Fieldwork required.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

          Course Outcomes


            (will not double-count with item 9 above)
          PSYCH 343 : Child Psychopathology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 343 : Child Psychopathology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Mental disorders of childhood.

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 348 : Clinical Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 348 : Clinical Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Personality theories, psychopathology, diagnostic interviewing and testing, psychotherapy techniques; research methods.
          NOTE: Not a practicum.

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      Cluster B — Social Psychology: Cluster C — Behavior, Brain, and Cognition:
        Complete three courses from the following:
          PSYCH 311 : Critical Issues in Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 311 : Critical Issues in Psychology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Critical and comparative examination of underlying theoretical and philosophical issues relavant to contemporary social, personality, and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 361 : Principles of Learning. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 361 : Principles of Learning. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Principles of learning; representative experiments.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 365 : Motivation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Determinants of motivation, relationship of motives to emotion, cognition, personality, and action. Implications for understanding self and others.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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          PSYCH 370 : Sensation and Perception. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 370 : Sensation and Perception. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent; or Neuro 105 for neuroscience majors.
          DESCRIPTION: Sensory basis of perception and principles of perceptual organization.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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          PSYCH 375 : Cognition. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Perceptual organization; information processing; cognitive development; relationships between sensory analysis, perception, memory, learning, language, and problem solving.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

          Course Outcomes


          PSYCH 382 : Stress Psychobiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 382 : Stress Psychobiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent. (Neuro 205 will substitute for Psych 302.)
          DESCRIPTION: Behavioral neurobiology of stress.
          NOTE: Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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          PSYCH 387 : Introduction to Primate Behavior. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PSYCH 387 : Introduction to Primate Behavior. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
          PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Overview of primate behavior; the role of parental care on developmental outcome, functional neurobiology, and psychopathology.

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  12. Complete 3 hours from the following capstone seminars:
      PSYCH 410R : Senior Practicum: Teaching of Psychology. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 410R : Senior Practicum: Teaching of Psychology. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; cluster requirements (or concurrent enrollment in last elective course); or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Capstone experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant or Psych Central tutor or in other teaching-related activities, including research.

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 420R : Senior Practicum: Community Projects. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 420R : Senior Practicum: Community Projects. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; cluster requirements (or concurrent enrollment in last elective course); or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Capstone experience in community-based service learning related to practice of psychology. Structured record of student's experience required.

      Course Outcomes


      PSYCH 430R : Senior Practicum: Research in Psychology. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PSYCH 430R : Senior Practicum: Research in Psychology. (1-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Psych 302, 303, 304; cluster requirements (or concurrent enrollment in last elective course); or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Capstone experience in psychological research -- laboratory-based, field-based, or otherwise. Student typically works with a research team.

      Course Outcomes


      Note 1: To enroll in a capstone seminar students must have completed Psych 101, 111, 210, 301, 302, and 304 (or be concurrently enrolled in 302 or 304); one core course from Cluster A, B, or C; and three other 300-level psychology courses (or be concurrently enrolled in the third course).

      Note 2: Enrollment in Psych 399R will also meet the capstone seminar requirement.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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