May 28, 2023
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Within the BS in Psychology there are three tracks available: General, Pre-Professional, and Brain & Cognition. Pre-Professional is designed for students planning a graduate degree while Brain & Cognition provides students with training in experimental psychology. Whichever program students choose, they should consult their advisors and classes should be chosen with occupational goals in mind. Students planning on graduate school should choose classes related to that area of specialization.
Electives may be chosen from psychology courses not required within the core concentration requirements, or those approved by the advisor/chair, to meet the minimum of 40 credits in psychology.
Majors are required to take the Major Field Test in Psychology. The exam assesses the following areas: memory and thinking, sensory and physiology, developmental, clinical and abnormal, social, and measurement and methodology.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Andrews University must complete 27 credits from courses numbered 300 or above. Transfer courses taken at the lower division level will not count towards the upper division requirement.
Field Experience and a reading knowledge of a foreign language are strongly recommended, particularly for students who plan to take graduate studies in Psychology
In the Behavioral Sciences, the computer is an indispensable tool for collecting and working with data, accessing scientific reports, and for writing and critical thinking. As a result, the Department of Behavioral Sciences requires students to have a laptop computer in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Students are responsible for maintaining their computer with the required software appropriate for the courses they are enrolled in as they progress through the curriculum. Use of the computer varies by course.
For those interested in occupational therapy, the following classes are often required for entry into occupational therapy programs:
Psychology: PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology , PSYC 301 - Human Development , PSYC 450 - Social Psychology
Statistics: BHSC 230 - Research Methods I: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences , PSYC 434 - Research Methods IV: Advanced Statistical Analysis and SPSS
Research Design: PSYC 432 - Research Methods II: Introduction , PSYC 433 - Research Methods III: Advanced Research Design
Sociocultural: SOCI 119 - Principles of Sociology , ANTH 200 - Cultural Anthropology
Anatomy and Physiology: BIOL 221 - Anatomy and Physiology I , BIOL 222 - Anatomy and Physiology II ,
English: ENGL 115 - College Writing I , ENGL 215 - College Writing II
Some programs may want a class (or classes) in other areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or others. If you know which program(s) you may be interested in for graduate school, it is a good idea to look at their program and see which prerequisite classes they require. It is recommended that students consult with their advisors in regards to which courses should be taken.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of the program a student will be able to:
- Think critically about human thought and behavior in individuals, sociocultural and ecological systems
- Select credible sources of evidence from the behavioral sciences, and specifically in the area of psychology science
- Conduct effective research projects from design through data interpretation
- Apply ethical standards to scholarship and practice in Psychology
- Apply principles and skills from Psychology to serve their communities
- Write effectively about theories, data, and practice in Psychology
- Speak effectively about theories, data, and practice in Psychology
- Prepare a professional plan for life after graduation
- Apply principles from Psychology to understand and influence the development of faith across the life span
- Know the key themes in relevant disciplines in Psychology
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