Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

Students are required to maintain a minimum Psychology GPA of 2.0 in order to retain a declared major. 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) and Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications (PSYC 232) 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, 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


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements46-47

* 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
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Goal –Sci3
Goal –Sci3
Lab –Sci0-1
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
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

  • 23 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 23 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • 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
Core Electives 1
Select five of the following:15-16
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
History of Psychology
Social Psychology
Required Professional Competency 1
Select one of the following:3-9
Research Practicum in Psychology
Field Placement Internship in Psychology
and Senior Integration Seminar
Psychology Electives 1
Select 12-19 credits from Psychology Electives 212-19
Total Hours46-47

Psychology Electives1

PSYC 205Environmental Psychology3
PSYC 208Personality3
PSYC 233Sensation & Perception3
PSYC 240Human Sexual Behavior3
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 289Positive Psychology3
PSYC 300Psychology of Women, Gender and Culture3
PSYC 302Psychology of Criminal Behavior3
PSYC 303Learning4
PSYC 304Theories of Counseling3
PSYC 306Introduction to Psychological Testing3
PSYC 310Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 311Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
PSYC 315Psychology of Sexual and Gender Diversity3
PSYC 318Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence3
PSYC 320Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 321Drugs and Behavior3
PSYC 334Health Psychology3
PSYC 338Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 350Contemporary Topics in Psychological Science 21
PSYC 360History of Psychology3
PSYC 364Child and Adolescent Development3
PSYC 365Psychology of Aging3
PSYC 375Psychopathology of Adulthood3
PSYC 377Social Psychology3
PSYC 392Cross Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 415Multicultural Identity Development3
PSYC 428Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan3
PSYC 430Research Practicum in Psychology3
PSYC 445Infant and Child Cognition3
PSYC 449Seminar in Psychology3
PSYC 450
PSYC 485
Field Placement Internship in Psychology
and Senior Integration Seminar
PSYC 475Behavior Modification3
PSYC 476Clinical Neuroscience3
PSYC 477Developmental Neuroscience3
PSYC 490Independent Study3

Writing Competency Requirements

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

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.10.2020
UCC 02.18.2020

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

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.10.2020
UCC 02.18.2020