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FAQ's about the Undergraduate Program
How do I schedule an advising appointment?
Students can meet with a Department of Psychological Sciences Advisor, an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences, or a Faculty Advisor. Learn more about each type of advising, and which advisor might best meet your needs, by visiting our Advising webpage. You may view advising availability and schedule an appointment with a Department of Psychological Sciences Advisor by clicking here. You may view advising availability and schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences by clicking here. You can learn how to request and select a Faculty Advisor by clicking here.
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I’m not sure what I want to do after I graduate. I might want to work or go to graduate school. Who can give me career advice?
There are quite a few ways to gather more information. First, check out the material on our resource racks – located across from the elevators on the first floor of Kent Hall and the Kent Hall Addition for some general career-related information. Second, consider scheduling an appointment with a Faculty Advisor or a Department of Psychological Sciences Advisor. Third, meet with a Career Coach in the Career Exploration and Development office (Schwartz Center 261; 330-672-2360) and check out the wealth of career-related information Career Exploration and Development has featured on their website. Finally, consider registering for our 1-credit, upper-division Career Pathways in Psychology (PSYC 30005) course.
What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in psychology?
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is primarily designed for students interested in becoming a practitioner (e.g., someone who works in an applied setting, primarily working one-on-one or in small groups with other individuals – such as a counselor, therapist, social worker, etc.) after graduating. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is primarily designed for students interested in becoming a researcher, scholar, neuroscientist, and/or attending medical school after graduating. Both the BA and BS degree can prepare students for graduate school programs. Take our short “Which Psychology Major/Concentration Should I Choose? Quick Quiz” to determine which degree might be the best fit for you. A copy of the most up-to-date psychological roadmaps can also be found on our Degrees and Minors webpage. Note: While students can complete research experience for-credit in both the BA and BS degree programs, the BS major requires formal research experience before one can graduate. Most faculty members’ research labs require at least a 3.0-3.2 GPA – visit our Research Experience webpage for more detailed information and available research opportunities.
How do I declare a major or minor in psychology?
Declaring a major or minor in psychology is easy! Students make these changes by logging into their Flashline account and visiting their “Student Tools & Courses” tab. Click on “Change Undergraduate Program” from the GPS, Roadmaps & Advising box and follow instructions. Click here for screen shot instructions on how to change your major or minor to psychology.
- I am a pre-med psychology major. Where can I find out additional information? Who is the best person to contact?
- What kinds of research and internship/volunteer opportunities are available?
How can I fulfill my writing intensive requirement?
All psychology students must complete the writing intensive requirement. To fulfill this requirement, most students take Writing in Psychology (PSYC 41990), which is a one-credit hour course recommended to be taken in the same semester as Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 31574). To register for this course, e-mail Tracie Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) to acquire the necessary special approvals. Alternatively, students may choose to take one of our Laboratory Experience in Psychology courses (PSYC 41573/41574). These courses are primarily designed for psychology students who are considering attending a research-focused Ph.D. program after graduating. The pre-requisites for these courses include a 3.2 cumulative GPA, General Psychology (PSYC 11762), Quantitative Methods in Psychology I (PSYC 21621), Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 31574), and instructor permission. Laboratory Experience in Psychology is only offered during select semesters and has limited enrollment (only 12 students per section), so if interested, it is best to not wait until your last semester.
What is the difference between Laboratory Experience in Psychology (PSYC 41573/41574) and Undergraduate Research (PSYC 31498/41498)?
Laboratory Experience in Psychology (PSYC 41573/41574) is a 3-credit hour course that can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Undergraduate Research/Individual Investigation (PSYC 31498/41498) is a 1-6 variable credit-hour experience working as a research assistant in a psychology faculty member’s research lab. Every credit hour of PSYC 31498/41498 requires a minimum 45 hour commitment in one’s lab throughout the semester (e.g., approximately 3-4 hours per week during a Fall/Spring semester). Note: You do not have to be enrolled in PSYC 31498/41498 to work in a psychology faculty member’s lab; some faculty members allow students to work in their lab on a non-credit, volunteer basis. BS majors are required to complete research experience for credit (i.e., PSYC 31498/41498) before they can graduate and most labs require at least a 3.0-3.2 GPA – visit our Research Experience webpage for more detailed information and available research opportunities.
- Some of the courses in psychology sound similar to courses offered in other departments. Can I substitute other courses for the psychology major or minor requirements?
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