Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Pre-Physician Assistant (Traditional) - Concentration in Neuroscience - Liberal Studies

Psychology 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.

What are your options?

Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2: Earn a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in five years rather than six. In the first three years, you complete your exercise science major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU PA program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU PA program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU PA program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Physician Assistant (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your exercise science major and the pre-requisites for the SRU PA program and apply to the SRU PA program in your senior year.

Related Links

Psychology - Pre-Physician Assistant, BS Program Page

Psychology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

  • Overall GPA: 3.25 or higher
  • Major GPA (only includes Psychology courses): 3.25 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements47
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Writing Competency Requirements
Major Requirements56
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-US6
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 one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas: 25
CHEM 108General Chemistry II (Required)3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab (Required)1
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 Requirements

  • 28 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 28 major credits must be at the 300 level or above
Goal 1: Scientific Literacy & Foundations 1
Must earn a grade of 'C' or higher in PSYC 105, 231, 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: Breadth of Knowledge & Making Connections
Psychology Core Courses
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
Neuroscience Content Courses (select two)6
Sensation & Perception
Learning
Drugs and Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Interdisciplinary Core Courses
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
Subtotal19
Goal 3: Depth of Knowledge, Technical Expertise & Research
Neuroscience Content Courses (select three)9
Psychopharmacology
Hormones and Behavior
Clinical Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience
Research Capstone
PSYC 451Research Capstone Internship6
PSYC 451Research Capstone Internship6
Interdisciplinary Core Course
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
or BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab
Subtotal24
Total Hours56

Writing Competency Requirements

Writing in Psychology #1
Writing in Psychology #2
Writing in Psychology #3
Writing in Psychology #4
Professional Competencies Paper

Additional Physician Assistant Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
ERS/HCAM 250Medical Terminology3
Total Hours9

Writing Competency Requirements

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

Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies) website for requirements: http://www.sru.edu/pa

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physician Assistant
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
or BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
Inferential Statistics Course 13
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
ERS 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
Total Hours37

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-PA SRU 3+2 (6SPP)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.08.20
UCC 02.18.20