Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - 3+3 Pre-Counseling - Liberal Studies

The Psychology program offers a Pre-Counseling 3+3 option for students interested in a career in Mental Health Counseling. Undergraduate students work with their academic adviser to complete courses needed to fulfill the requirements for both a Bachelor of Science degree and the entrance requirements for either of two Master of Arts programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling. Graduate study in both of these programs prepares students for licensure as a Professional Counselor. The Psychology program prepares students for graduate study by providing a strong basis in the biopsychosocial processes of human functioning. The first year of the Master of Arts program meets the requirements for the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science degree.

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.

Psychology (BS) - 3+3 Pre-Counseling

3+3 Pre-Counseling program requirements:

  • 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 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (PSYC 221) and Introduction to Experimental Psychology/Lab (PSYC 325/PSYC 326) in order to progress in the program.  Each course can only be repeated once.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Theory and Content of Psychology: Students should be familiar with the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Methodology: Students should understand and be able to use major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critical Thinking, Logic, and Problem-Solving: Students should use and respect skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to understanding behavior.
  • Information Competence, Technology, and Computers: Students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for multiple purposes.
  • Communication Skills: Students should be able to express themselves effectively in written and oral communication.
  • Application of Psychology: Students should have an understanding of applications of psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Related Links

Psychology - Pre-Counseling, BS Program Page

Psychology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 3.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 3.0 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements43-44
Electives26

* 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. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

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
Goal –Sci3
Goal –Sci3
Lab –Sci0-1
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36-37
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45-46

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 Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 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.
Required Courses (Grade of 'C' or higher required) 1
Required Courses may only be repeated once.
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 231Psychological Science I: Research Methods3
PSYC 232Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications3
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 375Psychopathology of Adulthood3
Subtotal18
Applied Psychology Electives 1
Select two of the following:6
Personality
Theories of Counseling
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Behavior Modification
Subtotal6
Biobehavioral Elective 1
Select two of the following:6-8
Sensation & Perception
Positive Psychology
Learning
Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Drugs and Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Psychopharmacology
Hormones and Behavior
Clinical Neuroscience
Subtotal6-8
Developmental Psychology Electives 1
Select two of the following:6
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Aging
Multicultural Identity Development
Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan
Infant and Child Cognition
Developmental Neuroscience
Subtotal6
Diversity Elective 1
Select one of the following:3
Human Sexual Behavior
Psychology of Women, Gender and Culture
Psychology of Sexual and Gender Diversity
Cross Cultural Psychology
Subtotal3
Required Professional Competency 1
PSYC 420Community Service Practicum in Psychology3
or PSYC 430 Research Practicum in Psychology
Total Hours42-44

Electives

PSYC 350Contemporary Topics in Psychological Science (Optional course may be repeated for a total of 2 credits)1

Writing Competency Requirements

Writing in Psychology #1
Writing in Psychology #2
Writing in Psychology #3
Writing in Psychology #4

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)
Pre-Counseling 3+3 (617C)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.15.20
UCC 02.18.20