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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.

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.

Courses are offered in the department to facilitate several concentrations: animal learning and behavior, applied behavior analysis, 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 CREDITS
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
PSY 1411
Introduction to Psychology 3
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SPRING CREDITS
BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2 or CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 or PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
COM 1102 Writing About Literature
3
CSE 1301
Introduction to Computer Applications
3
MTH 1002
Calculus 2
4
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Sophomore

FALL CREDITS
COM 2223
Scientific and Technical Communication 3
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
PSY 2512 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 1 4
   Free Elective 3
   Technical Elective 3
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SPRING   CREDITS
   Free Elective 3
   Humanities Core Course* 3
   Concentration Courses 6
   Technical Elective 3
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Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval 3
PSY 3421 Learning and Motivation 3
   Concentration Courses 6
   Humanities Elective 3
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SPRING CREDITS
HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present 3
PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development 3
   Concentration Courses 6
   Social Science Elective 3
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Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
PSY 4000 Field Internship and Research Project 3
PSY 4514 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics 2 (Q) 4
   Concentration Courses 9
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SPRING CREDITS
   Concentration Course 3
   Free Electives 10
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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.

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 CREDITS
BEH 3465 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
BIO 4550 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credits)
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology 3
Concentration Electives (8 credits)
BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques 3
BIO 2110 General Genetics 4
BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology 4
BIO 3410 General Ecology 4
BIO 3701 Evolution 3
BIO 4412 Ornithology 4
BIO 4530 Biology of Fishes 4
BIO 4641 Biology of Marine Mammals 3
ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application 3

  

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 M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Concentration Required Courses CREDITS
BEH 3465 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques 4
BEH 4560 Behaviorism and Contemporary Society 3
PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credits)
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace 3
Concentration Electives (12 credits)
BEH 3014 Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavioral Analysis (recommended for certification as a BCaBA) 1
BEH 4025 Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Interventions 3
PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy 3
PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy 3
PSY 1461 Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application 3
PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy 3
PSY 3761 Adnormal Psychology 3
PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology 3
PSY 4521 Animal Learning and Behavior 3

  

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 CREDITS
PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology 3
Concentration Developmental Psychology Bases (3 credits)
PSY 2000 Lifespan Development and Psychology 3
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
Concentration Electives (12 credits)
BEH 3465 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy 3
PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology 3
PSF 4791 Critical Isssues in Child Advocacy 3
PSY 1461 Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth 3
PSY 1462 Substance Abuse 3
PSY 1463 Human Sexuality 3
PSY 2413 Research Experience 1
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Againg 3
PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology 3
PSY 2445 Psychology of Women 3
PSY 2446 Sport Psychology 3
PSY 2541 Group Behavior 3
PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy 3
PSY 4413 Undergraduate Research 3

  

Forensic psychology:  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 CREDITS
PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology 3
PSF 3551 Integrated Theories of Crime 3
SOC 1551 Introduction to American Criminal Justice 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credits)
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology 3
PSY 2541 Group Behavior 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership   
PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace 3
PSY 4541 Culture and Psychology 3
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credits)
AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors 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
Concentration Electives (12 credits)
PSF 3512 Forensic Behavior Investigation and Identification 3
PSF 4551 Principles of Individual and Community Advocacy 3
PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psychology 3
PSF 4591 Critical Issues in Forensic Psychology 3
PSF 4791 Critical Issues in Child Advocacy 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy 3
PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 2541 Juvenile Delinquency 3

    

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 CREDITS
BUS 3501 Management Principles 3
PSY 2541 Group Behavior 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credits)
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of PErsonality 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credits)
AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors 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
Concentration Business Bases (6 credits)
BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business 3
BUS 3503 Human Resources Management 3
BUS 3801 Cross-Cultural Management 3
BUS 4502 Organizational Behavior and Theory 3
Concentration Elective (3 credits)
PSY 2xxx Any PSY 2000-level or higher course 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 CREDITS
PSF 4562 Forensic Clinical Psycnology 3
PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application 3
PSY 3524 Snesation and Perception 3
PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (6 credits)
PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology 3
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology 3
Concentration Electives (9 credits)
AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors 3
BIO 2110 General Genetics 4
BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology 4
BIO 4550 Comparative Verebrate Anatomy 4
BME 3240 Computational Methods for Biological Systems 3
CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1 4
CSE 1010 Ideas and Impact of Computing 3
ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
MTH 3051 Combinatorics and Graph Theory 3
MTH 4320 Neural Networks 3

  

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 CREDITS
PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology 3
PSY 2541 Group Behavior 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credits)
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace 3
Concentration Naatural Science Bases (3 credits)
AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors 3
PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application 3
PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 4521 Animal Leaning and Behavior 3
Concentration Electives (12 credits)
PSY 2xxx Any PSY 2000-level or higher 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 CREDITS
PED 2161 Care and Prevention of Athletics Injuries 3
PSY 2446 Sport Psychology 3
PSY 2800 Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 3423 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 3441 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3442 Psychology of Personality 3
Concentration Social Science Bases (3 credits)
PSY 2442 Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 3531 Child Psychology 3
PSY 3761 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 4462 Clinical and Community Psychology 3
Concentration Natural Science Bases (3 credits)
PSY 3522 Human Cognition: Theory and Application 3
PSY 3524 Sensation and Perception 3
Concentration Electives (6 credits)
BEH 3465 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analkysis 3
BEH 3466 Behavior Change Techniques 3
BUS 3509 Introduction to Sports Management 3
ISC 1162 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
PED 2160 Coaching Theory 3
PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology 3
PSY 2445 Psychology of Women 3
PSY 2541 Group Behavior 3
PSY 3541 Psychology of Leadership 3
PSY 3543 Psychology of the Workplace 3
PSY 3551 Introduction to Child Advocacy 3

  

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Required Courses

PSY 4515 Psychology Honors Thesis 3
PSY 4590 Psychology Honors Seminar (3 credit hours required) 1