Jul 17, 2018  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Psychology, B.S.


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The Department of Psychology endeavors to acquaint students thoroughly with the content and methods of scientific psychology. While emphasizing the scientific approach to the understanding of human behavior and human personality, the psychology courses aim to show the student that this branch of science is complementary to and compatible with a sound philosophy of human nature. In addition to the program leading to the Bachelor of Science, the department provides courses in the University Core Curriculum. The Bachelor of Science program in Psychology aims to provide a general background for career and/or advanced studies in fields which presuppose understanding of human behavior, such as clinical/counseling psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, medicine, education, social work, and law.

Requirements for the Psychology Major


Undergraduate core curriculum requirements:


48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken, including:

Philosophy:


An additional Philosophy 300 level elective of 3 credit hours beyond core requirements.

Science:


  • BIOL 144 A & P I for Social Sciences                
  • BIOL 145 A & P I for Social Sciences (lab)                                               
  • BIOL 146 A & P II for Social Sciences                                                        
  • BIOL 147 A & P II lab for Social Sciences (lab)                                       

Major requirements:


38 credit hours, as follows

Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in these psychology courses.
  • Majors must attain a C- or above in Human Anatomy and Physiology I lecture and lab (BIOL/140/141), Statistical Techniques lecture and lab (PSYC 210/212), and Research Methods and Design I (PSYC 221/223). Students who fail to earn a C- will have to retake the course(s).  
  • Students should consult the department’s “Careers in Psychology and Course Electives” for recommendations about which elective courses to consider for different career tracks (i.e., graduate school, social service employment, general business, etc.). Students should also discuss their career aspirations and elective choices with their faculty advisor. Students must maintain contact with a departmental advisor each semester to aid in course selection, planning, and scheduling.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S. Psychology


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • MATH 105 - Fundamentals of Math or MATH 120 - Elementary Functions or MATH 140 (if one tests into 150 or 170)
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • Foreign Language Elective
  • CORE 100 - First Year Seminar
  • CORE 101 - First Year Co-Curricular
  • BIOL 144 A & P I for Social Sciences                                                         
  • BIOL 145 A & P I for Social Sciences (lab)                                               

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric
  • PSYC 200 - Orientation to the Major
  • MATH 140 - Concepts of Calculus or PSYC 231 - Developmental Psychology or PSYC 261 - Social Psychology or PSYC 277 - Abnormal Psychology
  • Foreign Language Elective
  • CORE 102 - First Year Co-Curricular
  • BIOL 146 A & P II for Social Sciences                                                        
  • BIOL 147 A & P II lab for Social Sciences (lab)                                       

Total (17)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • Historical Perspectives
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • PSYC 210 - Statistical Techniques
  • PSYC 212 - Computer Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 221 - Research Meth & Design I
  • PSYC 223 - Research Meth & Design I Lab
  • PSYC 231 - Developmental Psychology or PSYC 261 - Social Psychology or PSYC 277 - Abnormal Psychology

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination  or CLAS 205 - Classical Lit & Moral Imagina
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • PSYC 222 - Research Meth & Design II
  • PSYC 224 - Research Meth & Design II Lab
  • PSYC 231 - Developmental Psychology or PSYC 261 - Social Psychology or PSYC 277 - Abnormal Psychology or General University Elective (if tested into MATH 150 or 170)
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives

Total (15)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • PSYC 360 or PSYC 427 - Cognitive Psychology
  • Creative Perspectives
  • PSYC Elective
  • Theology 200 Level Elective
  • General University Elective

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • PSYC Elective
  • PHIL 300 Level Elective (also fulfills humanities elective)
  • General University Elective
  • General University Elective / Minor
  • General University Elective / Minor

Total (15)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • PSYC 301 - History&Systems of Psychology
  • PSYC Elective
  • PSYC 499 - Senior Comprehensive Review (if planning on grad school) or General University Elective
  • General University Elective / Minor
  • General University Elective / Minor

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • General University Elective or  PSYC 499 - Senior Comprehensive Review (if planning on job at graduation)
  • E/RS Focus Elective
  • CORE 499 - Reflection on XU Core
  • General University Elective / Minor
  • General University Elective / Minor

Total (12)

Scheduling Notes:


  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.
  • The University core Social Science electives are fulfilled within the major requirements.
  • * See section “Requirements for the Psychology Major.”

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