BS Psychology Major
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
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.
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 PSY or PSF, other than PSY 2444, can be used as the Social Science Elective. Technical Electives exclude mathematics courses below the 2000 level.
The undergraduate psychology degree programs are designed to allow students to customize their coursework to meet their specific interests and needs. Coursework within the psychology major includes a 29-hour psychology core and an additional 21-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.
Psychology bases courses and a list of concentrations are below.
Courses are offered in the department to facilitate several concentrations: animal learning and behavior, clinical/counseling psychology and applied behavior analysis, cognition–perception, industrial/organizational psychology, neuropsychology, social–cultural psychology and sport psychology. 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.
|ASC 1000||University Experience||1|
|BIO 1010||Biological Discovery 1 or CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 or PHY 1001 Physics 1||4|
|COM 1101||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|MTH 1001||Calculus 1||4|
|PSY 1400||Freshman Seminar||1|
||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|BIO 1020||Biological Discovery 2 or CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 or PHY 2002 Physics 2||4|
|COM 1102||Writing about Literature
||Introduction to Computer Applications (CL)
||Scientific and Technical Communication||3|
|HUM 2051||Civilization 1||3|
|PSY 2512||Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1||4|
|PSY 3513||Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 2||4|
|Humanities Core Course*||3|
|HUM 3351||History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval||3|
|HUM 3352||History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present||3|
|PSY 3999||Scholarly Project Planning Seminar (Q)||1|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|PSY 4000||Field Internship and Research Project (Q)||3|
|PSY 4001||Applied Research Analysis Seminar (Q)||1|
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 120
|*Humanities Core Courses|
|HUM 2052||Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern|
|HUM 2142||World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial|
|HUM 2212||British and American Literature 1|
|HUM 2213||British and American Literature 2|
|HUM 2331||American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era|
|HUM 2332||American History: From Reconstruction to the Present|
Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.
|Social Science Bases (two courses from the following)
|PSY 2442||Adult Development and Aging||3|
|PSY 3441||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 3442||Psychology of Personality||3|
|PSY 3531||Child Psychology||3|
|PSY 3541||Psychology of Leadership||3|
|PSY 3543||Psychology of the Workplace||3|
|Experimental Science Bases (two courses from the following)
|PSY 3421||Psychology of Learning and Motivation||3|
|PSY 3423||Physiological Psychology||3|
|PSY 3522||Human Cognition: Theory and Application||3|
|PSY 3524||Sensation and Perception||3|
|PSY 4521||Animal Learning and Behavior||3|
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. Most students in this concentration also add a minor in biology. The culmination of the program is an internship within a facility or institution that emphasizes animal training, husbandry or education of the public in these areas. Previous graduates have earned internships at nationally and internationally known 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.
Applied behavior analysis: The concentration in applied behavior analysis prepares undergraduate students for the associate certification in behavior analysis (BCABA) that permits career opportunities in facilities and with organizations that emphasize behavioral interventions. In the ABA concentration, special emphasis is given to principles of behavioral analysis and intervention strategies, particularly in working with children who have developmental disabilities. Internship opportunities under the supervision of licensed board-certified behavior analysts are available at Florida Tech’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment. In addition to the bachelor’s degree career opportunities, psychology graduates with this concentration have been successful in attaining acceptance in applied master’s degree and Ph.D. programs.
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.
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 industrial/organizational psychology, business law, management, human resource management, organizational behavior and substance abuse. Students who choose this concentration are encouraged to add a minor in business administration.
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.
Specialty concentrations: In addition to these five areas, students may work with their advisor to develop a concentration in other psychology subdisciplines such as neuropsychology, experimental cognition and social–cultural psychology.
Psychology Honors Program
Academically gifted, highly motivated students may participate in the department’s honors program. Students who plan to seek graduate degrees are strongly advised to consider this program.
The psychology honors program is available to juniors enrolled in all undergraduate psychology programs (B.A., B.S., psychology; B.A., forensic psychology). The honors program includes six credit hours of Psychology Honors Thesis (PSY 4515) taken in place of the internship (PSY 3999, PSY 4000, PSY 4001). Students must also complete a minimum of three (3) credits of the Psychology Honors Seminar (PSY 4590), usually taken in place of lower-level courses in the concentration area or in place of free electives. Only honors students may write a thesis.
Prospective honors students must have reached their junior year. Applicants should have completed a minimum of 12 hours of psychology (PSY, PSF) courses with a GPA of 3.5 in those courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2. These courses may be taken at Florida Tech or transferred from another four-year university. Community college courses will not be included in the GPA calculation.
To earn the honors distinction, students must successfully complete the program with a graduating GPA of 3.5 in psychology and an overall GPA of 3.2. Only courses taken at Florida Tech will be included in this calculation. A minimum average GPA of 3.0 in PSY 4590 is required. Successful students will receive a certificate indicating completion of the requirements.
|PSY 4515||Psychology Honors Thesis||3|
|PSY 4590||Psychology Honors Seminar (3 credit hours required)||1|