Entering the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology program assures that the student will be exposed to the broad spectrum of subfields of psychology. The student must obtain a grade of "C" or better in all courses taken for major credit. Students who pursue the psychology major must either elect a minor (with a minimum of 18 hours) or complete 12 hours of cognate courses. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet General Education requirements and Psychology requirements as outlined in I-V below.
Students may place out of ENGL B101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam. Students who transfer into USCB with approved credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the ENGL B101L requirement.
MATH B101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.
Majors: STAT 201 is a Program Requirement in (II) below and satisfies 3 hrs. of the Numerical and Analytical Reasoning requirement.
Majors: PSYC 101 is a Program Requirement in (II) below and satisfies the 3 hr. Liberal Arts Electives, Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.
1Courses from the following disciplines: AFAM, ANTH, ARTH, ARTS, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELG, SOCY, SPAN, COMM, THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
2Courses from: ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, or THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
2Courses from: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GLST, LING, POLI, PSYC, and SOCY.
Courses from: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, MSCI, and PHYS. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory. BIOL B110 and BIOL B120 cannot both be taken for credit.
Two courses outside the Natural Science curriculum also satisfy the 3-credit course requirement of Natural Science: ANTH B101 and PSYC B361. Students may elect to take them as either fulfilling a Natural Science General Education requirement or a Social Science General Education requirement, but not both.
Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam. For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.
Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB's language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement.
A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework.
The following courses have been approved for this requirement: ANTH B102, ANTH B312, ANTH B317, ANTH B351, ANTH B352, ANTH 452, ENGL 291, GEOG 121, GLST 3B01, GLST B398, HIST B109, HIST B115, HIST B116, RELG B203, SOCY B315 and SPAN B380. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.
Majors: PSYC B101 may fulfill a general education requirement or serve as an elective. STAT B201 may be used to partially fulfill the Numerical and Analytical Reasoning requirement or serve as an elective. PSYC B101 and STAT B201 must be completed for a major in psychology.
The cognate is a minimum of 12 hours in advanced-level courses related to, but outside, the major. It is intended to support the course work in the major. Cognate courses may be drawn from one or more departments, depending on the individual interests and requirements of the student as judged by the departmental advisor. A cognate differs from a minor in that the courses must be above prerequisite level and may be distributed over more than one subject area.
Majors: all psychology majors will take the Major Field Test in Psychology for the sole purpose of improvement of the psychology program. Scores on this test are not used in evaluation of the student's qualification for receiving the baccalaureate degree, nor do they become part of the student's permanent record.