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    Aug 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology B.A., with Diversity Concentration


Psychology B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology offers students a well-rounded liberal arts education, relevant to many areas of study both inside and outside of the social and behavioral sciences. 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 program emphasizes the breadth of psychology while allowing students electives to pursue a particular aspect of the field in-depth.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • BSC X0XX or BSC X20X or ZOO X010 - 3 credit hours
  • PSY X012 - 3 credit hours 
  • PSY XXXX or CLP XXXX or DEP XXXX or EAB XXXX or EXP XXXX or INP XXXX or PCO XXXX or PPE XXXX or PSB XXXX or SOP XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • STA XXXX - 3 credit hours

Required Courses: (22 credit hours)


Major Core Courses: 2 courses; 7 credit hours


Other Required Courses: 5 courses; 15 credit hours


After the introductory Psychology requirements have been successfully met (PSY 3204  or the specific equivalent courses - STA 2023 , STA 2122  or QMB 2100 ), students may choose among courses within the following categories to satisfy this requirement.

Note: ** Indicates courses requiring PSY 3213 .

Methods Course: (1 course; 3 credit hours)

Cognitive and Neural Sciences (2 courses; 6 credit hours)

Social/Applied Psychology (2 courses; 6 credit hours)

Major (Restricted) Electives: (9 credit hours)


Students complete a Psychology program of study or one of two concentrations: Diversity or Advanced Research Experience in Psychology.

Diversity Concentration (3 courses; 9 credit hours)


Concentration Core: 2 courses; 6 credit hours


Choose from the following list of courses.

Concentration Elective: 1 course; 3 credit hours


Choose 1 course (3 credit hours) of additional Psychology coursework, in consultant with an advisor.

Psychology B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0
USF GPA:  2.0
Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


C- or higher must be attained in each course in the major, except for PSY 2012 PSY 3204  (or other qualifying statistics course) and PSY 3213 , where a C or better is required. Will vary by area.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in the common prerequisite courses

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

D/F Policy


Department of Psychology students are expected to complete their major coursework in a timely fashion. Students who receive a total of three (3) D and/or F grades in Psychology major coursework will no longer be eligible to continue in the Psychology major and will be required to change their major to a field outside of the Department of Psychology. Grade forgiveness will not exclude a D or F grade from counting for this rule.

Students who began as Psychology majors prior to Fall 2012 will be provided a phase-in period. Specifically, students who accumulated D and/or F grades in Psychology coursework at USF prior to Fall 2012 will be allowed to count any and all prior non-pass grades as one (1) D/F grade. Beginning Fall 2012, these students can still receive two (2) more D and/or F grades at USF before being required to choose a new major.

Once Psychology major students have received three (3) D and/or F grades in Psychology major coursework, they will be removed from all Department of Psychology courses for which they are currently registered, removed from the Psychology major and placed into a non-major code, and emailed the notice of changes to their @mail.usf.edu account. Students will then need to select a new major, declare the new major with the appropriate college, and register for courses which apply to their new major.

The D/F Rule application is final and effective from the beginning of Fall 2012. To be considered for an appeal, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Can (and must) complete all degree or minor requirements within one semester, with no more than ten (10) hours of Psychology area requirements.
  • No longer have 3 D/F grades because the Academic Regulations Committee approved a late withdrawal/drop for one or more of the Psychology courses.
  • No longer have 3 D/F grades because of an instructor change of grade in one or more of the Psychology area courses.

To appeal, the student must send an email to psychad@usf.edu; in the Subject line indicate D/F Appeal and in the body include name, student’s U# and a complete explanation of the reason for the appeal. Appeals will be adjudicated by the Undergraduate Coordinator and students notified of results by email.

Undergraduate Coordinator decisions may be appealed in writing to the Psychology department’s Undergraduate Program Committee.

Residency Requirement


Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - At least 15 hours of the major coursework must be completed at USF.

College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Continuation Requirements


PSY 3204  or other approved statistics course is the prerequisite to PSY 3213 .

Other Requirements


PSY 3204  or any other approved statistics course is the prerequisite to PSY 3213 

No more than a total of three (3) credit hours of the following courses may count toward the major:

The following courses do not count toward the major requirements:

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Optional Honors Program


The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a select group of qualified undergraduate Psychology majors an opportunity to undertake an intensive individualized research experience. The culmination of the Honors Program is the completion and defense of an honors thesis. Application for the program will take place during the first semester of the student’s junior year or, typically, prior to completion of 90 semester credits. Admission to the program is competitive and based on the student’s overall academic record, performance in psychology courses, a letter of recommendation from a member of the Department of Psychology’s faculty, agreement of a faculty member to serve as the thesis advisor, and strong performance in the Discovering Research in Psychology course, if offered.

Successful completion of the program requires:

Please see the Department of Psychology’s website (http://psychology.usf.edu) for details and the application form.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation.

Tampa Campus Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, PsychAd@usf.edu

St Pete Campus Websitehttps://www.usfspsedu/academic-advising/
For questions, email advising@usfsp.edu

Sarasota/Manatee Campus Website:  http://sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academic-advising
For questions, email sar-advising@usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - Psychology B.A.


NOTES:

 

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Director

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

  • $56,000 - $88,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

 

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Major Elective/Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Major Elective/Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Social/Applied Psychology Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • Foreign Language Exit Credit(s): 4
  • Major Elective/Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

 

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • Cognitive/Neural Sciences Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • TGEE - Ethical Reasoning & Civic Engagement  - Capstone Credit(s): 3 

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • TGEH - High Impact Practice  - Capstone Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Psychology B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Cognitive/Neural Psychology Credit(s): 3
  • Social/Applied Psychology Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective/Concentration Psychology Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Social/Applied Psychology Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective/Concentration Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 15