Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 - Rock 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

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

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

1st Major: Psychology

  • Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
  • Major GPA (only includes Psychology courses): 2.50 or higher

2nd Major: Pre-PA SRU 3+2 Psychology

  • Overall GPA: 3.00 or higher (before Fall 2018)
  • Overall GPA: 3.25 or higher (Fall 2018 and after)

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Writing Competency Requirements
Major Requirements34-35
Electives41

* 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.

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 Requirements

  • All Psychology Required courses, except PSYC 105, and Professional Competency must be taken at SRU.
  • If Psychology Electives are transferred in, only grades of A and B will transfer
  • If you choose to pursue Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 Psychology and are not accepted into the PA program, then additional coursework is required to complete a first major of Psychology. Please refer to the Psychology BS Curriculum Guide
Psychology Required Courses (Grade of A or B required) 1
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 311Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
Subtotal19
Psychology Elective Diversity 1
Select one of the following:3
Psychology of Women, Gender and Culture
Psychology of Sexual and Gender Diversity
Cross Cultural Psychology
Psychology Elective Applied 1
Select one of the following:3
Theories of Counseling
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Psychopathology of Adulthood
Behavior Modification
Psychology Elective Biobehavioral 1
Select one of the following:3-4
Sensation & Perception
Positive Psychology
Learning
Drugs and Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Psychopharmacology
Hormones and Behavior
Clinical Neuroscience
Psychology Elective Development 1
Select one of the following:3
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Aging
Multicultural Identity Development
Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan
Infant and Child Cognition
Developmental Neuroscience
Required Professional Competency 1
PSYC 420Community Service Practicum in Psychology3
Total Hours34-35

WRITING COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

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

Additional Physician Assistant Prerequisite Courses

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 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
ERS/HCAM 250Medical Terminology3
Total Hours23

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

Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre- Physician Assistant 3+2

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

Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 Requirements

If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+2 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.25 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).

Provision

Should a Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (summer or fall) of the Physician Assistant Program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physician Assistant courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Physician Assistant Studies Program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

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 09.10.20
UCC 02.18.20 

Recommended Rock Studies Three-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
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
LIBR 110 Introduction to Library & Information Resources 1
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
 Hours18
Spring
PSYC 231 Psychological Science I: Research Methods 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology 3
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry Course 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
PSYC 276 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 232 Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3
Humanities Inquiry Course 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
 Hours16
Spring
PSYC 311 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience 4
PSYC Elective #1 3
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
Civil Discourse Requirement - select one 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall
PSYC Elective #2 3
PSYC Elective #3 3
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours18
Spring
PSYC 420 Community Service Practicum in Psychology 3
PSYC Elective #4 3
BIOL 210
Medical Microbiology with Lab
or Microbiology/Lab
3
ERS 250 Medical Terminology 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours**100

** 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: 6SPP
Revised 09.21.20