Jun 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

(CIP = 42.0101) (PSY)


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. Interested undergraduate majors may apply for admission to the Honors Program.

State Mandated Common Course 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.

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 
  • STA XXXX - 3 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 34

Major Core (25 Credit Hours)

Majors must complete at least 34 credit hours of specified Psychology major coursework.

1. Introductory Psychology Requirements (10 Credit Hours)

2. One Methods Course (3 Credit Hours)

3. Two Courses in Cognitive and Neural Sciences (6 Credit Hours)

4. Two Courses in Social/Applied Psychology (6 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Psychology Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

If a student takes PSY 3204  to meet the statistics requirement, the student must take three Psychology elective courses (9 credit hours). However, if a student took a different statistics course, the student must take four Psychology elective courses (12 credit hours).

The Psychology elective courses may be chosen from the courses listed in the above categories beyond the required number for each group and/or any of the following:

Other Program Information

PSY 3204  or other approved statistics course is the prerequisite to PSY 3213 . PSY 3213 ​ is the prerequisite to all of the upper-level Psychology coursework, with the exception of CLP 4314 - Health Psychology , PSB 3444 - Drugs and Behavior , SOP 4702 - Psychology of Gender , and GEY 4612 - Psychology of Aging .

No more than a total of three (3) hours of PSY 4913 - Directed Study  or PSY 4970 - Honors Thesis  or CLP 4941 - Community Practicum in Selected Topics  or IDS 4942 - Community Internship  may count toward the major.

PSY 4931 - Selected Topics: Seminar , may be repeated three (3) times for credit under three different topics.

DEP 3103 - Child Psychology , SOP 3742 - Psychology of Women , SYP 3000 - Social Psychology , PSY 4932 - Honors Seminar  and PSY 4974 - Honors Seminar in Psychology - Second Semester  do not count toward the major requirements.

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:

  1. Can (and must) complete all degree or minor requirements within one semester, with no more than 10 hours of Psychology area requirements.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GPA Requirements

A major GPA of 2.0 minimum is required for graduation.

Course Grade Requirement

A C- is allowable for individual courses.

Grading Requirement

A minimum grade of “C-” or better 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.

Residency Requirement

Students transferring credit hours toward a major in Psychology must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours within the Department at USF, regardless of the number of credit hours transferred.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Psychology offers the opportunity for students to participate in undergraduate research with Psychology faculty. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course (PSY 4913 - Directed Study ) with a Psychology faculty member 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 a 0-credit research course. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Academic Advisors in the Department of Psychology, as well as The Office for Undergraduate Research can assist students in understanding the various course options.

Optional Honors Program

Psychology 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

Department of Psychology Undergraduate Advising: psychad@usf.edu or http://psychology.usf.edu/ug/advising/.

Psychology Faculty

Chairperson: T. Shimizu; Associate Chair: S. Stark; Distinguished Research Professor: M. S. Goldman; Distinguished University Professor: E. Donchin, P.E. Spector; Professors: T. Allen, W.C. Borman, J. Bosson, M.T. Brannick, J.B. Bryant, M.D. Coovert, D. Diamond, J. Goldenberg, C.L. Kirstein, V. Phares, D. Rohrer, J. Rottenberg, T. Sanocki, S. Schneider, T. Shimizu, S. Stark, J. Thompson, J. Vandello, E. Verona; Associate Professors: M. Bornovalova, C.R. Cimino, M. Karver, K. Malmberg, T. Ojanen, G. Potts, K. Salomon, ; Assistant Professors: M. Braun, C. Dube, D. Rancourt, R. Schlauch, E. Schotter, B. Wiernik; Psychological Services Center Director: J. Darkes; Instructor: J. Noll; Courtesy, Adjunct, & Joint Appointments: I/O J. Brannick, J. Cabger, S. Kessler, L. Meier, A. Nixon, W. Nord, S. Pindek, M. Wang, M. Poteet; CNS H. Bahrick, S. Lucus, D. Melcher, C. Park, C. Ruva, CL K. Brandon, T. Brandon, D. Bernstein, G. Curtiss, Z. Vasconcellos-Bernstein, D. Drobes, D. Evans, P. Jacobsen, A. Lewin, J. McHale, R. Otto, V. Panaite, R. Richardson, L. Schonfeld, M. Silva, V. Simmons, B. Small, M. Stern, E. Storch, C. Stover, S. Sutton, M. Unrod.

Plan of Study

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