Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Pre-Occupational Therapy 3+3 - 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-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3:  Earn a Doctor of Occupational Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU OTD program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU OTD program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU OTD 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-Occupational Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your major and the pre-requisites for the SRU OTD program and apply to the SRU OTD program in your senior year.

Related Links

Psychology - Pre-Occupational Therapy, BS Program Page

Psychology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

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-OT SRU 3+3 Psychology

Overall GPA: 3.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Writing Competency Requirements
Major Requirements34-35

* 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
Global Community
INDP 202Introduction to Anthropology3
or SOWK 105 Human Diversity
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:6
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
Total Hours46


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-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3 Psychology and are not accepted into the OTD 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
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
Drugs and Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
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 Paper #1
Writing in Psychology Paper #2
Writing in Psychology Paper #3
Writing in Psychology Paper #4

Additional Occupational Therapy Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
Select one of the following:3
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA
Introduction to Anthropology
Cultural Area Studies
Minority Groups
Human Diversity
ERS/HCAM 250Medical Terminology3
Total Hours9

Note: All 200 and 300 level Majors courses (except PSYC 300 and  PSYC 315) require PSYC 105 as a pre-requisite.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Occupational Therapy Studies (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies) website for requirements:

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Occupational Therapy
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
ERS 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PE 364 Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Research Methods 13
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
Anthropology or Sociology 13
Total Hours31

Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3

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

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).


Should a Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (summer or fall) of the Occupational Therapy 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, Occupational Therapy 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 Doctor of Occupational Therapy 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

Pre-OT SRU 3+3 (6PSO)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.04.20
UCC 02.18.20