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Psychology, Bachelor of Science

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology provides a solid, broad-based education. Psychology addresses behavior, thought, and intelligence. It includes the study of the brain, learning, and development in children, adolescents, and adults, and social interactions and group behavior. Because psychology spans the natural and social sciences, it provides an excellent domain in which to learn skills in analytic reasoning, problem solving, statistics, and working with people. The major gives all students a solid grounding in research and writing along with the opportunity to learn from current professionals in the field.

A degree in psychology builds cutting edge skills through courses on the most profound of all questions: the why and how of human behavior and thought. For those students interested in becoming psychologists, the requirements for the psychology major have been established to provide a sound foundation for graduate work in psychology and other related fields such as social work, education, and family science.

Not all psychology majors become psychologists. Students who major in psychology enter cutting-edge careers in business, information technology, marketing, health care, law, research, education, social work, and beyond.

 

Program of Study

The program includes courses in the theory and application of psychology and psychological principles. Students will develop an understanding of the following: life span development, personality development, abnormal psychology, prevention, group behavior, cultural variations, research methods and design, and ethical and professional issues. Students will develop specific knowledge and skills that have broad application to many working environments. In addition, knowledge from other disciplines will enhance and broaden the student’s perspective and capabilities as a working practitioner.

Overall, the classroom courses provide a blend of theory and application. Students also have the option to explore internship opportunities in a wide variety of professional settings that provide experiences in applying knowledge and skills. In addition, the General Education Requirements courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation. The program is offered with day and evening classes in Delaware at New Castle, Dover, Dover Air Force Base, and Georgetown; the program is also offered in New Jersey at Cumberland and Mt. Laurel, as well as online.

Program Competencies

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology

Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology's content domains

1.3 Describe applications of psychology

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Students should demonstrate the ability to do scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena

2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy

2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving

2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

Students should understand ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships

3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

Goal 4: Communication

Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

4.3 Interact effectively with others

Goal 5: Professional Development

Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

5.2 Exhibit self- efficacy and self- regulation

5.3 Refine project- management skills

5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity

5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation


CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program

CAP/Co-op Program Option (6 credits)

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities


Program Policies

Elective Guidelines

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences recommends that students who transfer in six or more core courses and all 18 credits of core electives use any remaining electives to increase their subject knowledge by taking upper level electives in their field. These will include the interdisciplinary electives identified from the other academic colleges.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Psychology program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required course must retake that course.


Curriculum

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SCI 335 Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Humanities Elective (3 credits)

Psychology Core (42 credits)

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

PSY 300 Theories of Personality

PSY 301 Social Psychology

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

PSY 334 The Biological Basis of Behavior

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 351 Learning and Cognition

PSY 406 Tests and Measurements

PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

Choose one of the following Developmental courses:

PSY 329 Lifespan Development

PSY 336 Child Development

PSY 332 Adolescent Development

PSY 401 Adult Development and Aging

Major Electives (18 credits)

Six courses beginning with the prefix “PSY”. These can include core courses for the Conflict Resolution Certificate and the Trauma-Informed Approaches Certificate.

Free Electives (20 credits)

Please note: Psychology majors are strongly encouraged to take PSY 490 - PSY 494 (Internship) as part of their psychology core electives or as free electives. Also, PSY 290 - PSY 291 (Guided Practicum) is available.

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.


Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

1st Semester

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ENG 121 English Composition I

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

2nd Semester

ENG 122 English Composition II

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 301 Social Psychology

Free Elective

Sophomore

1st Semester

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 131 Public Speaking

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PSY 300 Theories of Personality

Humanities Elective

2nd Semester

ENG 310 Research Writing

SCI 335 Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

Free Elective

Psychology Elective

Junior

1st Semester

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 334 The Biological Basis of Behavior

Dev. Psych Elective

Psychology Elective

2nd Semester

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

OR

Co-op

PSY 351 Learning and Cognition

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

OR

Co-op

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

Humanities Elective

Senior

1st Semester

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

PSY 406 Tests and Measurements

Free Elective

Psychology Elective

Psychology Elective

2nd Semester

PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology

Free Elective

Free Elective

Psychology Elective

Psychology Elective


Psychology Completion Degree

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following Psychology courses are required.

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

SCI 335 Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

PSY 300 Theories of Personality

PSY 301 Social Psychology

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

PSY 334 The Biological Basis of Behavior

PSY 351 Learning and Cognition

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 406 Tests and Measurements

PSY 409 Seminar in Psychology

Psychology Elective

Psychology Elective

Choose One Developmental Psychology Course

PSY 329 Lifespan Development

PSY 332 Adolescent Development

PSY 336 Child Development

PSY 401 Adult Development and Aging

The following courses are pre-requisites for a degree in Psychology

ENG 122 English Composition II

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

What is a Completion Degree?

A Completion Degree is a personalized version of a Bachelor’s degree created exclusively for students who have completed an Associate’s degree at an accredited institution. A student who expects to transfer a completed Associate’s degree should communicate with a Wilmington University Academic Advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.
PSY to Applied Family Science (AFM) Accelerated Option

This accelerated option will allow eligible PSY or SOC students to have the opportunity of taking up to two selected graduate level courses in place of selected PSY or SOC courses and the opportunity to be formally accepted into the AFM program prior to completion of the B.S. in Behavioral Science or Psychology degree.

In order to be eligible, students must have completed 90 undergraduate credits, including PSY 101. Furthermore those students seeking approval for the PSY/SOC to AFM accelerated option must have obtained an overall GPA of 3.50 or better. Courses taken at the graduate level will fulfill the requirements for both programs.

Students interested in making applying may secure the necessary forms and begin the approval process with the Chair of the graduate Applied Family Science program.