Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Psychology, Bachelor of Science (BS) / Pre-Occupational Therapy (SRU) (3+3)

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


Rock Studies 2 Requirements43
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.

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
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
Physical Science Inquiry
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours43

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

  • 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 #1
Writing in Psychology #2
Writing in Psychology #3
Writing in Psychology #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
EXSC 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
Total Hours9

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 Volunteering

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:

Rock Studies 2

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Occupational Therapy
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
EXSC 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 Summer 2022
Revised 04.21.2022
UCC 02.15.2022

Recommended Three-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
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
LIBR 110 Introduction to Library & Information Resources 1
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
Humanities Inquiry 3
Civil Discourse Requirement - select one 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
PSYC 231 Psychological Science I: Research Methods 3
PSYC 244 Developmental Psychology 3
Second Year
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3
PSYC 232 Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications 3
PSYC 276 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Anthropology  
Human Diversity  
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA  
Cultural Area Studies  
Minority Groups  
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
PSYC 420 Community Service Practicum in Psychology 3
PSYC Elective #1 3
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
PSYC Elective #2 3
PSYC Elective #3 3
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab 4
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Upper-Division Elective 3
PSYC 311 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience 4
PSYC Elective #4 (Developmental) 3
EXSC 250 Medical Terminology 3
Upper-Division Elective 3
Upper-Division Elective 3
 Total Hours**94

** 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: 6PS0
Revised 05.25.22