Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Neuroscience - Liberal Studies

Students are required to maintain minimum Overall and Psychology GPAs of 3.0 in order to retain the major in Psychology. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 105) in order to take all other Psychology courses. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in Psychological Science I: Research Methods (PSYC 231) or Introduction to Experimental Psychology/Lab (PSYC 325/PSYC 326), and a grade of C or higher in Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications (PSYC 232) or Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (PSYC 221) in order to progress in the program. Each course can only be repeated once.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Scientific Literacy & Research Foundations: Learn scientific literacy and fundamental and organizing principles in psychology and neuroscience.
  • Breadth of Knowledge & Making Connections: Develop breadth of knowledge about neuroscience from multiple scientific perspectives and learn about the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience by making connections between the disciplines.
  • Depth of Knowledge, Technical Expertise and Advanced Research: Advance depth of knowledge in neuroscience related fields and independent research ability.

Neuroscience Core Competencies:

  • Independent and critical thinkers; self-motivated learners
  • Basic knowledge in Neuroscience/Biology/Chemistry/Psychology
  • Ability to think creatively and integratively
  • Quantitative skills
  • Scientific inquiry/analytical skills/research skills
  • Communication skills

Related Links

Psychology - Neuroscience, BS Program Page

Psychology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements47
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements56-57
Electives17-18

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal38
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select two courses from three of the following Enrichment Areas:5
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
Subtotal9
Total Hours47

Note

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 28 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 28 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Overall, 48 credit hours must be completed at the 300 or 400 level
  • Students who do not meet minimum standards will be dismissed from the program. All dismissals are permanent.
Goal 1: Scientific Literacy & Foundations 1
Grade of ‘C’ or higher in PSYC 105, PSYC 231, and PSYC 232 required.
Grade of ‘B’ or higher in PSYC 311 required.
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 231Psychological Science I: Research Methods3
PSYC 232Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications3
PSYC 311Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
Subtotal13
Goal 2: Depth of Knowledge & Making Connections 1
Core Courses
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
Neuroscience Content Courses (select 2 courses)6-7
Sensation & Perception
Learning
Drugs and Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Interdisciplinary Core Courses
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
Subtotal19-20
Goal 3: Depth of Knowledge, Technical Expertise & Research 1
Neuroscience Content Courses (select 3 courses)9
Psychopharmacology
Hormones and Behavior
Clinical Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience
Research Capstone
Students must register for two semesters
PSYC 451Research Capstone Internship6
PSYC 451Research Capstone Internship6
Interdisciplinary Electives (select 1 course)3
Microbiology/Lab
Cell Biology/Lab
Molecular Biology with Lab
Subtotal24
Total Hours56-57

Electives

CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
PSYC 355Topical Seminar in Neuroscience1
STAT 252Introduction to Statistical Modeling3

Writing Competency Requirements

Writing in Psychology #1
Writing in Psychology #2
Writing in Psychology #3
Professional Competencies Paper

ELECTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON STUDENT GOALS

Students can choose from many of the following recommended electives to fulfill their requirements for the interdisciplinary elective for the neuroscience concentration and/or for their remaining credits after meeting their liberal studies and major requirements.

Recommended Electives for Psychology (Biology Concentration)

BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
BIOL 340Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 13
BIOL 330Microbiology/Lab 23
BIOL 335Cell Biology/Lab 23
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab3
BIOL 370Molecular Biology with Lab3
BIOL 410Animal Physiology with Lab 33
BIOL 470Histology with Lab 43

Recommended Electives for Psychology (Chemistry Concentration)

CHEM 201
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 202
CHEM 212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 335
CHEM 336
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 337
CHEM 338
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry Laboratory II
4

Recommended Electives for Psychology (Biostatistics Concentration)

HLTH 312Data Management for Health Science3
HLTH 313Biostatistics3
STAT 153Elementary Statistics II3
STAT 252Introduction to Statistical Modeling3
STAT 254Nonparametric Statistics3
STAT 256Statistical Computing3

Recommended Electives for Pre-Professional Concentration (e.g., pre-med, pre-vet) Concentration

PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
PHYS 202Elements of Physics II/ Lab4
CHEM 201
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 202
CHEM 212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 335
CHEM 336
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 337
CHEM 338
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry Laboratory II
4

Recommended Electives for Physician Assistant Concentration

BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
BIOL 330Microbiology/Lab 13
HCAM/ERS 250Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators3

Additional Recommendations for Liberal Studies Courses

PHIL 123Ethics3
CDEV 201Interpersonal and Group Dynamics3
COMM 314Interpersonal Communication3
BIOL 300Social and Ethical Issues in Genetics3
INDP 201Principles of Sociology3
INDP 202Introduction to Anthropology3
PHIL 325Medical/Health Care Ethics3

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

PSYCHOLOGY - BS (6170)
Concentration in Neuroscience (NEUR)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.10.20
UCC 02.18.20