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This website shows the most recent version of the degree program requirements. 
However, this version of the program may not be relevant to students who entered USF Sarasota-Manatee in a previous year.  All students should always consult the catalog for the year they entered and consult with their advisors.

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About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Because of this focus, psychology is relevant to many other areas of study both inside and outside of the social and behavioral sciences. The undergraduate program in Psychology offers the student a well-rounded liberal arts education. In addition, the program provides excellent training for qualified students who wish to pursue graduate work in such disciplines as Clinical, Cognitive and Neural Sciences or Industrial Psychology, Education, Gerontology, Counseling, Management, Medicine, Law, and other human service programs. The undergraduate major emphasizes the breadth of psychology while allowing the student some electives to pursue in-depth a particular aspect of the field.

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Mission Statement

The curriculum for a Psychology degree from USF Sarasota-Manatee prepares graduates for the many occupations (e.g., human services, community or public relations, administration, and advertising and market research) and post-graduate degree programs open to Psychology majors. By the time our majors are ready to graduate, they are equipped with two vital skill sets. First, our majors are familiar with numerous factors influencing behavior and mental processes, and the interactions between them. These factors range from the molecular (communication in the brain) to the cultural (human diversity). Second, our majors have developed the critical thinking skills necessary for the consumption and production of psychological research. These skills include writing and familiarity with the ethics of conducting psychological research. In their final semester, students have the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of these competencies as they create their own research study in the Pro Seminar.

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Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the B.A. degree in Psychology develops the ability to do the following:

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Policies

Students majoring in Psychology must meet all degree requirements of USF Sarasota-Manatee and the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the following:

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State Mandated Common Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites for the major in Psychology:
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science 3
  PSY 2012 can simultaneously apply to the Social Science requirement of the General Education curriculum.  
PSY 3204 Psychological Statistics or 3
STA 2122 Social Science Statistics 3
  If not taken prior to major course, Statistics should be taken in the first term of the major STA 2122 can simultaneously apply to the Math requirement of the General Education curriculum.  
Biology BSC 1005, BSC 1020, BSC 2010/L, or BSC 2011/L at 3 or 4 credits  
  Any of these courses can simultaneously apply to the Natural Science requirement of the General Education curriculum.  

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Program of Study

A minimum of 34 upper-level semester hours is required of all undergraduate majors in Psychology although students can elect to take more.

Degree Core:
These courses should be taken in the last 30 hours.  

PSY 3213

Research Methods in Psychology 4
  Should be taken in the first term of upper-level course work, may be taken in the same term as Statistics, if necessary  

CLP 4433
PSY 4205

Psychological Tests and Measurement or
Experimental Design and Analysis
3

PSY 4938

Pro Seminar (Variable Topics)  3
  Should be taken as late in program as possible, ideally in the final term.  
     

Degree Distribution Categories:

Group 1 – At least 2 courses (6 credits)

EXP 4204C
EXP 4404
PSB 4004C
EXP 4304
EXP 4680C

Perception
Psychology of Learning
Physiological Psychology
Motivation
Cognitive Psychology
3
3
3
3
3

Group 2 - At least 2 courses (6 credits)

CLP 4143
INP 4004
SOP 4004
DEP 4053
PPE 4003

Abnormal Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Personality
3
3
3
3
3

Degree Electives

PSB 3444
GEY 4612
SOP 4751
PSB 3842
EXP 4640
SOP 4777
PSY 4931
PSY 4913

Drugs and Behavior
Psychology of Aging
Psychology Applied to Law
Sleep and Dreams
Psychology of Language
Psychology of Human Sexuality
Selected Topics (may be repeated with different titles)
Directed Study (no more than 3 credits may be applied toward the major)
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
1-3

Electives and Minors
The requirements for the Psychology degree allow for electives outside the major. Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies. Students may elect to pursue any minor; however, the following minors at USF Sarasota-Manatee would well complement a Psychology degree: Anthropology, Criminology, Gerontology, Leadership Studies, Religious Studies, or Sociology.

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Academic Advisors

Amanda Shurtleff
Academic Advisor
Office of Student Services
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, C107
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-4330
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