Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements56-57
Electives20-21

* 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Physical & Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Subtotal17
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours44

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
Must earn a grade of ‘C’ or higher in PSYC 105, PSYC 231, and PSYC 232.
Must earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in PSYC 311.
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 two 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 three 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 one of the following: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
STAT 252Introduction to Statistical Modeling3
PSYC 350Contemporary Topics in Psychological Science1

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 rock 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 Rock Studies Courses

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

CO-CURRICULAR AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International Study Programs
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Student leadership (Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Reflections Body Image Organization, Nu Rho Psi, Neuro Rocks)
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education planning (Office of Career Education and Development)
  7. Internships
  8. Volunteering in local human services and mental health agencies
  9. Job shadowing 

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 

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab 4
LIBR 110 Introduction to Library & Information Resources 1
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
 Hours15
Spring
PSYC 231 Psychological Science I: Research Methods 3
Creative and Aesthetics Inquiry 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Civil Discourse Requirement - select one 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
PSYC 232 Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
PSYC 276 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Free Elective (Neuro Recommended) 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
 Hours16
Spring
PSYC 311 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience 4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology 3
Free Elective (Neuro Recommended) 3
 Hours14
Third Year
Fall
Goal 2: Neuroscience Content Course #1 3
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective (Neuro Recommended) 3
Free Elective (Neuro Recommended) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Goal 2: Neuroscience Content Course #2 3
Goal 3: Neuroscience Content Course #1 3
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective (Neuro Recommended) 3
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
PSYC 451 Research Capstone Internship 6
Goal 3: Neuroscience Content Course #2 3
Major Interdisciplinary Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring
PSYC 451 Research Capstone Internship 6
Goal 3: Psych Neuro Content Course #3 3
Free Elective (Neuro Recommended) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6170
Concentration Code: NEUR
Revised: 09.21.20