Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Developmental

Students are required to maintain minimum Overall and Psychology GPAs of 2.0 in order to retain the major in Psychology: Developmental Concentration. 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. Students in the Developmental Concentration are required to earn a grade of B or higher in Developmental Psychology (PSYC 244) to be prepared for advanced developmental psychology courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences on human development.
  • Understand, critically evaluate, and apply the major theories of human development.
  • Understand and critically evaluate research findings and methods used to study human development.
  • Understand the implications of research and theory in developmental psychology for the purpose of providing service to individuals across the lifespan.
  • Provide the framework to understand and appreciate diversity within the context of life and society.

Related Links

Psychology - Developmental, 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


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements54-59

* 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.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 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
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 28 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 28 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 Psychology 23
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 364Child and Adolescent Development 3,43
or PSYC 365 Psychology of Aging
PSYC 375Psychopathology of Adulthood3
or PSYC 318 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
Core Elective 1
Select three of the following:9-11
Behavior Modification
Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
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
Advanced Developmental Courses 1
Select three of the following:9
Multicultural Identity Development
Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan
Infant and Child Cognition
Developmental Neuroscience
Required Professional Competency 1
Select one of the following:6-9
Field Placement Internship in Psychology
and Senior Integration Seminar
Research Capstone Internship (taken twice)
Psychology Elective 1
Select two from the following:6
Total Hours54-59

Psychology Electives1

PSYC 205Environmental Psychology3
PSYC 208Personality3
PSYC 240Human Sexual Behavior3
PSYC 289Positive Psychology3
PSYC 300Psychology of Women, Gender and Culture3
PSYC 306Introduction to Psychological Testing3
PSYC 315Psychology of Sexual and Gender Diversity3
PSYC 318Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence3
PSYC 321Drugs and Behavior3
PSYC 334Health Psychology3
PSYC 360History of Psychology3
PSYC 364Child and Adolescent Development3
PSYC 365Psychology of Aging3
PSYC 375Psychopathology of Adulthood3
PSYC 392Cross Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 471Psychopharmacology3
PSYC 473Hormones and Behavior3
PSYC 476Clinical Neuroscience3


PSYC 350Contemporary Topics in Psychological Science (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
Professional Competencies Paper

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

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

Developmental (DEVE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2021
Revised 04.21.2022
UCC 02.15.2022

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
LIBR 110 Introduction to Library & Information Resources 1
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
PSYC 231 Psychological Science I: Research Methods 3
PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Second Year
PSYC 232 Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications 3
PSYC 276 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
PSYC Elective
PSYC Diversity Elective
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
PSYC Developmental Core Elective # 1 3
Civil Discourse Requirement - select one 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Social Science Inquiry Course or Free Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
PSYC 364
Child and Adolescent Development
or Psychology of Aging
PSYC Developmental Core Elective #2 3-4
PSYC Advanced Developmental Course #1 3
Thematic Thread Requirement or Computer Competency (if needed) 3
Select one of the following: 3
PSYC Elective
PSYC Diversity Elective
PSYC 318
Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
or Psychopathology of Adulthood
PSYC Developmental Core Elective #3 3
PSYC Developmental Core Elective # 2
PSYC Advanced Developmental Course #2 3
Free Elective or Thematic Thread Requirement (if needed) 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
PSYC Elective #2 3
PSYC Advanced Developmental Course #3 3
Free Elective 3
PSYC Professional Competency (or Free Elective) 3
PSYC 451 Research Capstone Internship 3
Select One of the Following 3-9
Free Elective (If needed) 3
Free Elective (If needed) 3
Free Elective (If needed) 3
Free Elective (If needed) 3
 Total Hours**122-129

** 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: DEVE
Revised: 04.21.22