Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Psychology

The College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology offers undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology. The Psychology curriculum is designed to expose students to various areas of specializations in psychology, such as cognitive, cultural,  developmental,  experimental, industrial/organizational and social. Students are closely advised to help them make knowledgeable decisions regarding their professional direction. Particular focus is placed on developing the student’s research and analytical skills while developing understanding of cultural influence in psychology. The rigorous nature of this program will prepare students to become competitive for entry into graduate school or various professional career paths.

 Instructional Organization

     Undergraduate Degree Program in Psychology

The College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology offers undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the following area for the Psychology program. 

Program Degree Offered
PsychologyB.S.

Psychology Degree Program Requirements

University Core Curriculum 142
College Requirement6
Major Requirements
PSYC 1113General Psychology3
PSYC 2423Developmental Psyc3
PSYC 3223Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 3233Testing3
PSYC 3433Experimental Psyc3
PSYC 3533Socio Cult Psyc3
PSYC 3543Hist Sys Psyc3
PSYC 3613Stat For Psyc II3
PSYC 4443Research Methods3
PSYC 4613Physiological Psyc3
PSYC 4843Senior Paper3
Psychology Electives in Psychology
Select six (6) of the following:18
Personality
Human Diversity
Indust Org Psyc
Cognitive Psyc
Clinical Psych
Sensatn Perception
Reading & Research
Support Area Requirements
BIOL 1054Anatomy and Physiology I4
Unrestricted Electives17
Total Hours120

Total Requirements to Graduate

University Core Requirement 142
College Requirement6
Major Requirements33
Psychology Electives in Psychology18
Support Area Requirement4
Unrestricted Electives17
Total Hours120
1

PSYC 2613, one of the Mathematics core options, is a required course for all Psychology majors.

Minor Requirements for Psychology Majors (Optional) (18 SCH)

Psychology majors have the option to choose a minor offered by the various colleges/schools, in consultation with their academic advisors. Minimum eighteen semester credit hours are required. If the minor requires more than 18 credit hours the student is responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements of the minor are met. A total 142 A minimum 138 hours is required credits for graduation with a minor in psychology.

Minor in Psychology for Majors in other Disciplines

PSYC 1113General Psychology3
PSYC 2423Developmental Psyc3
PSYC 2613Fundamental of Statistics3
PSYC 4613Physiological Psyc3
Select three of the following:9
Personality
Testing
Human Diversity
Indust Org Psyc
Cognitive Psyc
Clinical Psych
Sensatn Perception
Reading & Research
Total Hours21

Psychology Degree Program Sequence

Freshman
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
PSYC 11133PSYC 24233
PHSC 11233HIST 13233
HIST 13133BIOL 11133
PSYC 26133SOCG 10133
ENGL 11233ENGL 11333
Total15Total15
Sophomore
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
COMM 10033Unrestricted Elective #13
PSYC 25133PSYC 36133
POSC 11133POSC 11233
ARTS 228313COMP 12133
BIOL 10544PHIL 23033
Total16Total15
Junior
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
PSYC 32233PSYC 34333
PSYC 35433Unrestricted Elective #33
PSYC 46333PSYC 35333
PSYC 32333PSYC 39133
Unrestricted Elective #23PSYC 45133
Total15Total15
Senior
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
PSYC 44433Foreign Language II3
PSYC 46133PSYC 48433
PSYC 42533PSYC 48233
Unrestricted Elective #43Unrestricted Elective #53
Foreign Language I3Unrestricted Elective #62
Total15Total14
Total Hours: 120
1

 ARTS 2283 or another course chosen from creative Arts curriculum.

Honor Societies, Clubs, and Service Organizations

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum GPA qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

ABPsi Student Circle is a member of The Association of Black Psychologists, founded in San Francisco in 1968 to actively address the serious problems facing Black psychologists and the larger Black community. The Student Circle of the Association of Black Psychologists was founded in 1993 to serve as a mentoring program and establish a collective voice for the next generation. ABPsi Student Circle emphasizes community research and outreach and the need to prepare current students for future leadership roles in the field of psychology. The aim is to promote mentorship relations between professionals and psychology students and to aid in the struggle to improve the emotional well-being of people of African descent wherever possible. Membership is extended to students who major or minor in psychology.

The Psychology Club is a recognized student organization designed to provide an intellectual and social atmosphere for students. The purpose is to engage students in the exchange of information concerning the field of psychology, encourage student research and scholarship ideas, and to pursue excellence for entering into graduate school.

Courses

PSYC 1113 General Psychology: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to fundamental psychological concepts derived from the application of scientific method to the study of behavior. ** (PSYC 2301) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges.

PSYC 2423 Developmental Psyc: 3 semester hours.

This course surveys the content, theories and methods used by developmental psychologists to study child and adolescent development. Topics covered will include conception, genetics, prenatal development and physical, motor, perceptual and social development from infancy to early adolescence. Theories of social and cognitive development will be covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 1113. ** (PSYC 2308) **Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges.

PSYC 2513 Personality: 3 semester hours.

Personality theories, major concepts, methods and problems in the field of psychology. Analysis of theories of personality, with emphasis on personality development in the normal population. Evaluation of theories in the field of psychology. The development of personality as a pattern of strivings manifested in interpersonal relations. The coverage of constitutional, psychological, social and cultural factors in the development and adjustment of the normal individual. **(PSYC 2316)**Transfer equivalent from Texas Community/Junior Colleges.

PSYC 2613 Fundamental of Statistics: 3 semester hours.

Introduces basic statistical concepts and the relevance of statistics in the every day life. Explores the fundamentals of descriptive statistics, elementary probability and sampling methods, and distributions. The student will be introduced to computer applications such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences.

PSYC 3223 Abnormal Psychology: 3 semester hours.

Disorders in personality and behavior are emphasized. Examines organic and functional types of psychological abnormality. Some emphasis is given to the ways in which personality may become disordered. Evidence and theories on causation are considered together with the challenges of treatment.

PSYC 3233 Testing: 3 semester hours.

Study of human learning with particular attention to applications in the classroom. Includes laboratory experience in the use of the standardized school tests and practice in devising teacher-made tests. Emphasis is on original research literature and on individual projects. Prerequisite: PSYC 2613.

PSYC 3433 Experimental Psyc: 3 semester hours.

Principles of experimental design, evaluation of research procedures, training in the use of standard apparatus, and repetition and extension of selected classical experiments in psychology. Prerequisite: nine hours of psychology classes.

PSYC 3513 Human Diversity: 3 semester hours.

Examines psychological explanations of the major dimensions of human diversity including race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age and sexual orientation. Prerequisites: PSYC 1113 General Psychology.

PSYC 3533 Socio Cult Psyc: 3 semester hours.

A study of cultural comparisons of psychological processes with focus on societal, social influences of family, mass media, and socio-economic classes.

PSYC 3543 Hist Sys Psyc: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the theories and research paradigms comprised of the foundations of psychology and the impact of culture on practice and theory.

PSYC 3613 Stat For Psyc II: 3 semester hours.

Applies statistical techniques in the field of psychology. Covers the use of large and small samples for statistical inference, linear and multiple regression, time series models and forecasting, nonparametric methods, the chi square test for cell probabilities, and contingency tables. Statistical packages for the social sciences will be studied in depth. Prerequisite: PSYC 2613.

PSYC 3713 Psychology of Terrorism: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to assist students in becoming more aware of factors that may contruibute to the development of terroristic attitudes and behaviors. Students will learn how to define terrorism and distinguish different kinds of terroristic groups, which include juvenile terrorist groups, racial supremacist groups, and foreign terrorist groups. Students will also learn about environmental, cultural, familial factors related to terroristic activity.

PSYC 3913 Indust Org Psyc: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the development and application of psychological principles related to the workplace environment to include leadership, motivation, industrial and organizational influences on behavior drawing upon research methods and major theories.

PSYC 4253 Clinical Psych: 3 semester hours.

A survey of counseling and interview techniques and use of psychological test findings in support of counseling procedures. Prerequisites: six hours of 2000 through 3000 level courses in psychology.

PSYC 4443 Research Methods: 3 semester hours.

Work in designing and carrying on research projects both in laboratory and in more life-like situations. The use and understanding of appropriate statistical procedures are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 2613 and 9 additional hours of 2000-3000 level courses in Psychology.

PSYC 4513 Cognitive Psyc: 3 semester hours.

This course is an overview of the theoretical and empirical aspects of cognition as they apply to knowledge acquisition, storage, transformation and use. Areas of study include visual and auditory recognition; attention and consciousness; working and long-term memory; mental imagery; language acquisition, production and comprehension and problem solving. Prerequisites: PSYC 1113 General Psychology; Co-requisite: PSYC 4613 Physiological Psychology.

PSYC 4613 Physiological Psyc: 3 semester hours.

Neurophysiologic correlates and systems underlying behavior. Physiological processes underlying sensory-motor activity, motivation and learning.

PSYC 4633 Sensatn Perception: 3 semester hours.

Examines the sensory processes, the relationship between physical stimuli and sensory/perceptual experience, and perceptual phenomena. Prerequisite: PSYC 4613.

PSYC 4823 Reading & Research: 3 semester hours.

Offered when demand warrants. Seminar or projects on various topics in psychology.

PSYC 4843 Senior Paper: 3 semester hours.

An in-depth study of a specific research topic in psychology. An oral presentation is a requirement of the course. Prerequisites: PSYC 2613, PSYC 3433, PSYC 3613, and PSYC 4443.

PSYC 4993 Independent Study: 3 semester hours.

Reading, research and/or field work on selected topics. Prerequisite: Advisor consent.

Administrative Officer

Pamela P. Martin Ph.D., Professor, Psychology, B.S. University of South Carolina, 1990, M.S. North Carolina Central University, 1990, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2001, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2003

Administrative Staff

Pamela P. Martin Ph.D., Professor, Psychology, B.S. University of South Carolina, 1990, M.S. North Carolina Central University, 1990, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2001, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2003

Peter Metofe, Assistant Professor, Psychology, B.S., Gramblin State University, 1981, EdD., Texas Southern University, 2001, Ph.D., Alliant International University, 2004

Faculty

Joe Dickson, Assistant Professor, Psychology, B.A.,Tennessee, 2000, M.A., University of Tennessee, 2005, Ph.D., Tennessee, 2009

Sharon Morgan, Associate Professor, Psychology, B.S., Spelman University, 1971, M.A., Georgia State University, 1976, Ph.D. Florida State University, 1991

Barney Williams, Associate Professor, Psychology, B.S., Texas Southern University, 1989, M.S., California School of Professional Psychology, 1997, Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology , 2005

Derek Wilson, Assistant Professor and Interim Head, Psychology, B.A., Morehouse College, 1990, M.S., Florida A&M University, 1996, Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago, 2003

Graduate Faculty

Joe Dickson, Assistant Professor, Psychology, B.A.,Tennessee, 2000, M.A., University of Tennessee, 2005, Ph.D., Tennessee, 2009

Derek Wilson, Assistant Professor and Interim Head, Psychology, B.A., Morehouse College, 1990, M.S., Florida A&M University, 1996, Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago, 2003