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Psychology B.A.

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Psychology, B.A.

Overview

Overview

D’Youville College has offered a B.A. in psychology since the fall of 2000. This program provides students with a strong foundation of psychological knowledge that is valuable in any career requiring critical thinking and thoughtful understanding. In addition, the curriculum is designed to provide the student with ongoing guidance in the establishment and attainment of professional goals. The student will be well prepared to gain employment or admission to graduate programs in psychology or related fields.

During the first two years of the program, students complete general education core courses in the arts, humanities and sciences, and program core courses in the foundation areas of psychology. These core courses prepare the student for advanced study.

In the last two years of the program, students are required to complete seven upper-level psychology electives within content areas including developmental, physiological, social, abnormal, cognitive or personality psychology. Students are required to complete a minimum of two electives at the 400-level to provide familiarity with peer-reviewed sources, but may choose electives in any content areas that are in keeping with their academic or professional interests. Students are also required to complete two semesters of internship and its corequisite senior seminar during their senior year. Students may choose internships in human or social service, forensic/legal, research, medical, school or other placements that are consistent with their goals and interests and approved by the college. All students will spend a minimum of approximately 15 hours per week in internship-related activities. In the senior seminar, students discuss issues pertaining to their internship experiences and professional development (e.g., ethics, supervision, cultural diversity, applying to graduate school) that culminates in the development of a senior paper. The senior experience is designed to enhance the student's studies in psychology, career development and preparation for graduate study or vocational placement.

Psychology Minor

The psychology minor is designed to enhance a student’s academic experience and to provide background for those planning to pursue careers in any field that involves dealing with people. Students wishing to minor in psychology must complete 15 credits. Students are required to complete PSY 101, two of the following courses: PSY 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208; and two additional three-credit psychology electives at any level.

Courses

Course Requirements

Psychology
Degree: B.A.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 101

General Psychology

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include biology of behavior,sensation and perception consciousness, learning and memory,intelligence,motivation and emotion, stress and personality.

Prequisites: None

3
BIO 105

Human Biology

This course surveys the function of the human body systems in health and disease and includes topics of current interest, which may include diet and nutrition, treatments for infertility, infectious diseases and vaccines, and the affect of drugs on the nervous system. This course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. The lab exercises are designed to complement the lecture topics, and concurrent registration in both lecture and three-hour laboratory are required. This course is not eligible for elective credit in the major but is a required course in the psychology major.

Prequisites: BIO-105L

4

Psychology courses required by program:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 102

History of Psychology

This course examines the roots of modern psychological thought. Students will trace these roots from their early origins in philosophy and the natural sciences through the early schools of psychology and on into its current form. In addition to learning about the major schools of psychology,students will explore how cultural and political forces shaped the development of various psychological theories. In addition,students will also examine the lives of the men and women whose works created psychology's foundation. Students will select a person or a classic experiment to research and present to the class.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-101

3
PSY 201

Statistics in Behavioral Sciences

This course provides students with an introduction to statistical and research methods.Various types of research designs and the process of developing a research proposal will be studied along with the statistical techniques for analysis of numerical data.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
PSY 202

Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences

This course is a continuation of Psy 201. Students will complete research projects designed in Psy 201 and develop skills in data analysis and writing research papers.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-201

3
PSY 203

Developmental Psychology

This course explores milestones of physical,cognitive and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. The course meets the core requirement in psychology.

Prequisites: None

3
PSY 204

Physiological Psychology

This course examines the physiological basis of behavior through consideration of nervous and endocrine system structure and function followed by a detailed analysis of specific behaviors such as aggression,ingestion,sexual behaviors, sleep,and memory and learning.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
PSY 205

Social Psychology

This course studies the individual in society,social learning and perception,formation and measurement of attitudes,social norms and roles,public opinion and propaganda.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
PSY 206

Abnormal Psychology

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the DSM-IV. Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors,treatment possibilities,and predictions of recovery.

Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
PSY 207

Cognitive Psychology

This course will examine cognitive functioning in humans through a consideration of sensory register, attention,short-term and long-term memory. Topics include encoding,retrieval, comprehension, reasoning and problem-solving and language.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
PSY 208

Personality

This course examines multiple perspectives on the construct of personality. It aims to provide the student with a thorough background in the major theories as well as an ability to integrate and apply the concepts in these theories. To accomplish this, students will engage in case studies as they master the theories within each major perspective.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
PSY 209

Psychology As a Profession I

This first course in the two-semester Psychology as a Profession sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in psychology or related fields. Students are guided in their own professional development via self-assessments of professional interests,establishment of professional goals and how facets of the psychology curriculum can be tailored to their individual needs. As part of the exploration,students will be acquainted with contemporary and historical issues in the profession of psychology (e.g.,professional organizations,licensure requirements)and will be provided with an overview of the many sub-fields and disciplines within psychology.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

1
PSY 210

Psychology As a Profession II

This second course in the two-semester psychology as a profession sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in psychology or related fields. The emphasis of this seminar is to enable students to become more acquainted with baccalaureate-level career opportunities in psychology as well as professional career opportunities in psychology and related fields. Students will be guided in the process of researching and interviewing professionals within the community. Invited guest speakers from specialized careers within psychology and related fields will supplement lecture presentations of vocational and career opportunities.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: PSY-209

1
PSY 469

Psychology Internship I

The purpose of this course is to allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a psychology-related field setting that is in keeping with their educational and/or vocational goals. It is the intent of the course that students will build upon their knowledge and skills in a research or community internship placement. Thought agreement among the instructor/internship coordinator,the student,and the internship supervisor, the student will participate in an internship(s)for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester(15 hours per week).

Prequisites: PSY-489 Senior Status in Psychology program required.

4
PSY 470

Psychology Internship II

This course will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a psychology-related field setting wherein they can build upon their learning experiences from their first semester of internship. Students learning may entail continued placement at their first semester of internship(in keeping with their educational or vocational goals)with the intent of advancing their skills and knowledge acquired from the previous semester,or placement in an alternative setting that enables students to develop their knowledge,professional networking,and further evaluate their educational and career goals. Through agreement among the instructor/internship coordinator,the student,and the internship supervisor, the student will participate in an internship(s) for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester(15 hours per week).

Prequisites: Psy-469, Psy-490

4
PSY 489

Senior Seminar I

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout the psychology internship experience during the senior year.

Prequisites: Psy-469 Senior Status in Psychology program required

2
PSY 490

Senior Seminar II

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout the psychology internship experience during the senior year.

Prequisites: Psy-470

2

Seven additional psychology elective courses are required, with courses chosen from at least four of the following fundamental areas and including at least two courses at the 400-level.

Developmental Psychology

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 353

Social Psychology of Aging

This overview of psychology of aging stresses the social aspects of the aging process. Topics include theories of aging, intellectual, functioning and learning; mental health of aged and organic brain dysfunction; culture and the family and aging;dying and the grief process. This experimental course will include some field observations as well as lectures and discussions.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203, PSY-203

3
PSY 363

Human Sexuality

This course is designed to provide students with a multidimensional overview of human sexuality and an opportunity to clarify their own sexual value systems. Human sexuality is considered from biological,cultural,psychosocial,developmental, behavioral and clinical perspectives.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203, Psy-203

3
PSY 453

Developmental Psychopathology

This course examines the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to theories,assessment strategies, and research methods and findings regarding the etiology and treatment efficacy for disorders including mental retardation, the pervasive developmental disorders (autism),elimination disorders,attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)and learning disabilities,conduct disorders,and eating disorders. Psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders,anxiety disorders,schizophrenia,sleep disorders and emerging personality disorders will also be considered from a developmental perspective. Psychosocial factors(e.g.family violence and abuse)that have been empirically identified in affecting psychological adjustment and research regarding prevention of these emotional and behavioral problems will also be addressed.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-203 and Psy-206

3
PSY 463

Special Topics in Dev Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of developmental psychology.

Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

3

Physiological Psychology

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 364

Neuropsychology

This course applies the knowledge gained from Physiological Psychology to an advanced study of human neuropsychology. Students will gain an appreciation of the relationship between the structure and function of the nervous system and qualities of mind and behavior.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: psy-204, Psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 454

Drugs and Behavior

This course will examine the problem of addiction through a review of terminology,the types and effects of psychoactive substances,and the current theories from human and animal research identifying possible genetic,neuroanatomical,neurochemical and hormonal factors.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203, Psy-204

3
PSY 464

Special Topics Physiological Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of physiological psychology.

Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

3

Social Psychology

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 355

Group Dynamics

This course examines in detail the complicated dynamics that emerge in groups of people. An overview is presented of the various types of groups and the effect of the group on the emotion,thought and behavior of the individual.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-205, Psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 365

Forensic Psychology

This course will provide an introduction and overview to the field of forensic psychology. Attention will be given to the ways in which psychologists,either clinically or empirically,have or can influence the law in terms of issues such as assessment of competency and sanity,legal decision-making,jury composition,police psychology,eyewitness testimony,criminal behavior and profiling, and juvenile and family legal matters.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-205, Psy-101 or psy-203

3
PSY 455

Multicultural Psychology

This course will review the history and present status of multicultural psychology with an emphasis on fundamental assumptions,fundamental theories and future directions. Particular emphasis will be directed to understanding American Indian,Asian American,Black American and Hispanic American individuals.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-205, Psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 465

Special Topics in Social Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of social psychology.

Prequisites: Psy-101or Psy-203

3

Abnormal Psychology

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 356

Theories of Counseling

This course explores the major theories,basic concepts and techniques of counseling. The student will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the terminology, concepts and counseling applications of the major counseling theories, such as Psychoanalytic, Aldrian,Person-centered,Gestalt,Rational Emotive,Existential and Family Therapy. This course is suggested for students in all areas in which such a need exists in their professional work.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-206, Psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 366

Psychological Assessment

This course will provide an introduction to and focus on the major characteristics of psychological assessment. Such assessment includes the measurement of human skills and abilities,aptitudes,and aspects of psychological functioning such as personality and psychopathology. The course will be organized in two parts. The first part of the course will provide students with a background in psychometric principles including how to evaluate tests (i.e,reliability,validity,etc) and procedures in test development (e.g.,item analysis,construct validation). Issues in effective test administration will also be covered. The latter portion of the course will cover popular means of assessment including interviewing and a survey of the most popular psychological tests. Students will gain some "hands on" experience with these assessment devices through demonstration and self-administration.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203, PSY-201 or MAT-120 or MAT-123

3
PSY 456

Behavior Modifications

This course examines major theories,basic concepts and techniques of behavior modification. The student will develop an understanding of the application of operant conditioning principles,implementation of behavior modification techniques,and assessment and evaluation of program effectiveness.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-101

3
PSY 466

Special Topics in Abnormal Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of abnormal psychology.

Prequisites: psy-101 or Psy-203

3

Cognitive Psychology

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 357

Sensation and Perception

This course is a review of the visual system,auditory system,somatosensory system and systems for taste and smell. Students will experience the unique features of each sensory and perceptual system through demonstrations and experiments.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-207

3
PSY 367

Psychology of Consciousness

This course examines consciousness "last great mystery of science". Excluded from scientific research for most of the last century,consciousness is now a rapidly expanding area of study in both psychology and neuroscience. This course will discuss all the major theories of consciousness,from those rooted in traditional western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience,quantum theory,and Eastern philosophy.Students will engage in readings,self-assessments, and practical exercises that will allow students to examine their understanding of their own consciousness.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-207, psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 467

Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of cognitive psychology.

Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

3

Personality

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 358

Psychology of Human Relations

This course is a study of theories and processes of interpersonal behavior. It is primarily a laboratory for human relationship training and the content is designed to help students understand themselves in order to understand and relate effectively with others.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-208 Recommended, Psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 368

Stress & Adjustment

This course explores the biology and psychology of the experience of stress. Students will learn from both lecture and self-exploration. This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn and practice traditional and "alternative" stress management skills through individual and group practice.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Psy-208 Recommended, Psy-101 or psy-203

3
PSY 458

Psychology of Gender

This course is a review of the scientific literature on gender differences and their development. Discussion will include the impact of these differences on an individual's life and in society.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Psy-208, Psy-101 or Psy-203

3
PSY 468

Special Topics in Personality

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of personality psychology.

Prequisites: Psy-101 or Psy-203

3

Core requirements: 58
Required Psychology courses: 41
Elective Psychology courses: 21
Total: 120

Regulations

Academic Standards

Academic regulations for psychology are in addition to general college policies for all part-time and full-time students. Part-time and full-time students must meet all the academic regulations listed below.

  1. Grade and G.P.A. requirements
    1. Freshman academic requirements:
      1. Students must maintain a semester and cumulative average of a minimum of 2.0.
      2. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C in courses required for the major.
      3. Students who fail to meet these requirements are placed on program probation where they will remain for two semesters (see B.1 and B.2 Probationary Standing).
      4. Students are permitted to repeat a course once. Permission to repeat a course must be obtained from the faculty in that course on a space-available basis.
    2. Sophomore, junior and senior academic requirements:
      1. Students must maintain a semester and cumulative average of a minimum of 2.33.
      2. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C in all courses required for the major.
      3. Students who fail to meet these requirements are placed on program probation where they will remain for two fulltime semesters (see B.1 and B.2, Probationary Standing).
      4. Students are permitted to repeat a course once. Permission to repeat a course must be obtained from the faculty in that course on a space-available basis.
    3. Psychology elective academic requirements
      1. Students must achieve a C or better in seven psychology electives covering at least four areas and with at least two at the 400 level.
      2. Students earning less than a C in any psychology elective may:
        1. Choose to repeat the course when it is next offered
        2. Choose to take a different elective to apply towards the major (in which case, the student cannot apply the elective graded below a C towards the psychology major)
  2. Probationary standing:
    1. Students who are placed on program probation have the following limitations:
      1. Students who are placed on probation will be limited to no more than 13 credit hours per semester.
      2. Students will remain on probation for two full-time semesters, during which time they must fulfill the conditions of probation or be dismissed from the program.
      3. Students with probationary status must have the permission of the internship supervisor before registering for PSY 469/PSY 489 or PSY 470/PSY 490. In order to obtain this permission, students must demonstrate the ability to meet academic and professional standards of the program required for the internship experience.
    2. Students on program probation are required to meet the following conditions in two full-time semesters or be dismissed from the program:
      1. Freshmen must maintain a semester and cumulative average of a minimum of 2.0
      2. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must maintain a semester and cumulative average of a minimum of 2.33
      3. All students must meet with their academic advisor at least three times during the probationary semester; it is the responsibility of the student to coordinate these meetings
      4. All students must maintain a minimum grade of C in all courses required in the major.
    3. Previously dismissed students who reapply and are re-accepted into the program will be on program probation for two full-time semesters.
Admissions

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

Applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Combined SAT scores of at least 900 (or ACT equivalent score of 18)
  2. A high school average of at least 80 percent
  3. A high school rank in the upper half of the class

Transfer Admission

Students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.33. Transfer credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis to assess adaptability to curriculum requirements.

Each student accepted into the program must submit a letter of intent prior to course registration.

Department

Liberal Arts Department

A student seeking to become a liberally educated person needs exposure, in breadth and in depth, to the humanities and the social sciences.

These studies, concerned not merely with information but with values, help the student’s development as a total person. This implies not only intellectual and social development, but also maturity in assessing the values essential to a sound philosophy of life. The department of liberal arts offers degrees in English, global studies, history, liberal studies for education, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Requirements for these programs are listed in the courses of instruction section of this catalog. Courses are also offered in foreign languages, fine arts and religious studies.

Students within the department must maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average in courses taken at D’Youville in their major subject area.