Sep 22, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

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


Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in these psychology courses.
  • Majors must attain a C- or above in 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).  
  • Majors must attain a grade of C in BIOL 102, BIOL 132, PSYC 130, and PSYC 131
  • 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


  • BIOL 102 Life: Human Biology
  • BIOL 132 Life: Human Biology Lab (Natural Science Perspective) OR
  • PSYC 130 Psychology Science Perspective
  • PSYC 131 Psych-Science Perspective Lab (Scientific Perspective)
  • CORE 100 First Year Seminar
  • CORE 101  
  • MATH 105 or 120 

          140 (if tested into 150 or 170)

  • Foreign Language 
  • ENGL 101 English Comp OR 115 Rhetoric                                            

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 102 Life: Human Biology
  • BIOL 132 Life: Human Biology Lab (Natural Science Perspective) OR
  • PSYC 130 Psychology Science Perspective
  • PSYC 131 Psych-Science Perspective Lab (Scientific Perspective)
  • PSYC 200 Orientation to the Major
  • PSYC 231/261/277 Dev/Soc/Ab Psych (Social Sciences Elective)
  • MATH 140 Concepts of Calculus (Mathematical Perspective)
  • Foreign Language (up to 201 level)
  • CORE 102
  • Creative or Historical Perspective                                     

Total (16)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • PSYC 210 Statistical Techniques (Quantitative Flag)
  • PSYC 212 Statistical Techniques Lab 
  • PSYC 221 Research Methods & Design I
  • PSYC 223 Research Methods & Design I Lab (Writing flag)
  • PSYC 231/261/277 Dev/Soc/Ab Psych 
  • PHIL 100 Intro to Ethics  
  • Creative or Historical Perspective

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • PSYC 222 Research Methods & Design II 
  • PSYC 224 Research Methods & Design II Lab (Oral flag)
  • PSYC 231/261/277 Dev/Soc/Ab Psych
  • THEO 111 The Ignation Imagination 
  • ENGL 205 Lit & Moral Imagination OR CLAS 205 Class. Lit & Moral Imagination
  • PHIL 200 Elective        

Total (15)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • PSYC Elective 
  • PSYC 460 Learning & Behavior OR PSYC 427 Cognitive Psych
  • THEO 200 Elective 
  • Diversity flag elective course 
  • General University elective

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • PSYC Elective
  • PHIL 300 Elective (Humanities elective)
  • General University elective
  • General University elective/Minor
  • General University elective/Minor

Total (15)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • PSYC 301 History & Systems in Psych 
  • PSYC 499 Senior Comp. Revie (f or sp)
  • General University elective/Minor
  • General University elective/Minor 
  • General University elective/Minor 

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • E/RS elective course  
  • CORE 499 Reflection on XU Core
  • ​General University elective/Minor
  • General University elective/Minor
  • General University elective/Minor
  • General University elective/Minor

Total (15)

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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