BS Psychology Major

7141
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7141 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
Vanessa Edkins, Ph.D.

The B.S. degree is designed for students oriented toward the natural sciences and mathematics. Students consult with their faculty advisers to select the degree program most appropriate to their interests and goals.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology must successfully complete 120 credit hours as indicated in the suggested curriculum below. No courses with the prefix BEH, PSF or PSY, other than PSY 2444, can be used as the Social Science Elective. Technical Electives exclude mathematics courses below the 2000 level.

The undergraduate psychology majors are designed to allow students to customize their coursework to meet their specific interests and needs. Coursework within the psychology major includes a 21 hour psychology core and an additional 30 hour psychology concentration that includes courses in psychology and other areas that are deemed appropriate to the students' intellectual goals and interests in psychology. The concentration must be approved by the undergraduate program chair.

A list of concentrations and related courses follow the undergraduate psychology program plans in this section.

Courses are offered in the department to facilitate several concentrations: animal learning and behavior, clinical/counseling psychology, forensic psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, neuropsychology, social-cultural and sport psychology. In special cases, students may also design their own concentrations appropriate to pursuing postgraduate education in law, medical fields, business and the experimental fields of psychology. Students are encouraged to pursue minors in other disciplines, such as business administration, communication or biology.

Curriculum
Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1400 Psychology Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (14 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • PSY 3421 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • HUM 2570 Bioethics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3385 Special Topics in History
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3485 Special Topics in Social Science
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • HUM 2570 Bioethics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3385 Special Topics in History
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3485 Special Topics in Social Science
    Credit Hours: 0
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4514 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 9
Spring (13 credit hours)
  • Concentration Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Electives Credit Hours: 10
Total Credits Required: 120
Concentrations and Suggested Courses

Students have the option to choose one of the following concentrations to provide depth within one of the subdisciplines of psychology:

Animal Learning and Behavior

The concentration in animal learning and behavior allows students the opportunity to pursue specialized knowledge and skills in animal learning and training. Courses in both biological sciences and behavior analysis emphasize biological bases of behavior and species-typical learning as well as standard principles of training that cross species lines. The culmination of the program is an internship with a facility or institution that emphasizes animal training, husbandry or education of the public in these areas. Previous graduates have earned internships at facilities such as Oahu's Sea Life Park, Dolphin Quest Bermuda, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. A minor in biology and scuba certification are recommended for this degree. Students in this concentration must take BIO 1010 and BIO 1020.

Concentration Required Courses
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4522 Comparative Animal Cognition
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Electives (9 credit hours)
  • BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3701 Evolution
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4412 Ornithology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4530 Biology of Fishes
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4641 Biology of Marine Mammals
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
Clinical/Counseling Psychology

The clinical/counseling concentration exposes students to courses and field placements that emphasize the assessment and treatment of mental and emotional disorders as well as disorders of adjustment and substance abuse. Students interested in pursuing postgraduate study in clinical, counseling or school psychology, or in obtaining employment in a mental health or social service agency after graduation, should study in areas that will familiarize them with these occupations and build basic skills. Such areas of study include substance abuse, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, professional ethics and assessment techniques.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Developmental Psychology Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2000 Lifespan Development and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 4025 Applied Behavior Analysis and Exceptional Learners
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4551 Victim Studies and Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1461 Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1462 Substance Abuse
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 1463 Human Sexuality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2413 Research Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2445 Psychology of Women
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2446 Sport Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4413 Undergraduate Research
    Credit Hours: 0
Forensic

Forensic psychology can be defined as anything that involves the intersection of psychology and the legal system. Some forensic psychologists have a background in clinical psychology and focus on things like assessing people charged with crimes to determine competency to stand trial or whether or not the individual was legally insane at the time of the incident. Other forensic psychologists may focus on research applied to the justice system, studying such topics as eyewitness identification procedures (and errors), police interrogation procedures, police selection and assessment, confessions and false confessions, and jury decision-making, to name a few. Recent students have interned with law enforcement officers, jail staff, attorneys, treatment providers in pretrial diversion treatment programs, child and victim advocates, Federal Bureau of Investigation behavior analysts and researchers in criminology. These internships allow for studies of the impact of interventions and procedures on recidivism, trial outcomes and etiology of criminal behaviors.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 3551 Integrated Theories of Crime
    Credit Hours: 0
  • SOC 1551 Introduction to American Criminal Justice
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4541 Culture and Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4491 Legal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4551 Victim Studies and Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4591 Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • SOC 2541 Juvenile Delinquency
    Credit Hours: 0
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students who plan to enter business directly after graduation, or apply to an MBA program or to a graduate program in personnel or industrial/organizational psychology should select courses in psychology and business that will help define their interests, prepare them for graduate school admission or develop skills. Some useful areas of study include psychology of the workplace, business law, management, human resource management and organizational behavior. Students who choose this concentration are encouraged to add a minor in business administration.

Concentration Required Courses
  • BUS 3501 Management Principles
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Business Bases (6 credit hours)
  • BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3503 Human Resource Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3801 Cross-Cultural Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4502 Organizational Behavior and Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Elective (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2xxx Select one 2000-level or higher Credit Hours: 3
Neuropsychology

The concentration in neuropsychology introduces students to the complex area of brain-behavior interactions. The combination of coursework and internship prepares students for graduate programs in neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology and clinical neuropsychology. Areas of emphasis include the study of dementing illnesses, sportrelated concussion, visuospatial cognitive processing and eyetracking research. Students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to pursue the bachelor of science degree and to consider a minor in biology. Research opportunities for students who concentrate in neuropsychology include the study of dementing illnesses at the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, investigation of the biomechanics of sport-related concussion as well as valid baseline and post-trauma measures at the Florida Tech Neuropsychology Laboratory, visuospatial cognitive processing and brain-computer interfaces at the Cognition Applied Research Laboratory. Students in this concentration must take BIO 1010 and BIO 1020.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    or PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credit hours)
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Electives (9 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BME 3240 Computational Methods for Biological Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1010 Ideas and Impact of Computing
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 3051 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 4320 Neural Networks
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
Social-Cultural

The social-cultural concentration is a good choice for those preparing for graduate school and those interested in social psychology, sociology, social work, business, to name a few. Some internship possibilities include a study-abroad project; work in a local program for minorities; participation in a political action organization or a nonprofit community organization; work at a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in the U.S. or abroad; a volunteer abroad program; or a theoretical research project.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Electives (12 credit hours)
  • PSY 2xxx Select 2000-level or higher Credit Hours: 12
Sport Psychology

Students looking forward to graduate programs in sport psychology or careers in coaching or training will take courses that are foundational to these pursuits such as physiological psychology, leadership, group behavior and sport psychology, and applied sport psychology. These classroom experiences, combined with practical training and research, give students a view of the various opportunities within this growing field as well as preparation for advanced study or practice. A minor in education is encouraged for those interested in working in secondary education.

Concentration Required Courses
  • PED 2161 Care and Prevention of Athletics Injuries
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2446 Sport Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3441 Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3531 Child Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 3520 Memory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 0
Concentration Electives (6 credit hours)
  • BEH 3465 Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3509 Introduction to Sports Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PED 2160 Coaching Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2445 Psychology of Women
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 2541 Group Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy
    Credit Hours: 0