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B.S. in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mental and behavioral processes. Discover answers to questions about these processes while working with outstanding faculty with expertise in the many subfields of psychology. Contribute to new knowledge in the discipline through research with faculty or apply your learning in the community through a clinical practicum.

What you'll study
You'll explore the theories and evidence that support current understanding of the field of psychology. Our curriculum focuses on the development of scientific literacy and strong analytic skills. A series of foundational courses prepares you for advanced work, and you'll gain hands-on experience by completing independent research and/or a practicum in clinical psychology.

How you'll learn more
Tailor the curriculum to your career goals and interests with extended coursework in areas including developmental, social, clinical, cognition, biopsychology, evolutionary, and health psychology. Join the NSU chapter of Psi Chi, the field's international honor society. Develop independent research with a faculty mentor and submit your work for publication and presentation at conferences.

Where it can take you
Your bachelor's degree in psychology will prepare you to synthesize, integrate, and communicate knowledge that can be applied in graduate school or in various professions including therapy, education, substance abuse counseling, forensic psychology, market research analysis, crisis support, social work, and rehabilitation consulting. Whatever your professional goals may be, the study of psychology will prepare you to serve and understand other people.

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The psychology major prepares students for both entry-level jobs in the workforce and advanced professional education in psychology. The psychology major exposes students to each of the major domains of psychology and provides students with a solid base of knowledge in each of these domains. It encourages students to integrate and apply knowledge, and allows flexibility in course selection to help students meet their career goals. The major emphasizes scientific research and application to significant areas of human activities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A successful psychology graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories, principles, and concepts that underlie the following core areas of psychology:
    1. Learning, Memory, and/or Cognition;
    2. Sensation, Perception, and/or Biological Bases of Behavior;
    3. Human Development;
    4. Clinical, Abnormal, and/or Personality;
    5. Social Influences on Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors;
    6. Research Measurement, Design, and Methodology;
  2. Integrate and apply the major theories, principles, and concepts of psychology to address research and/or applied
    issues in the field of psychology using critical thinking skills, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific
    approach;
  3. Present written psychological information in a clear, concise manner that is consistent with professional standards (i.e., APA format).

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Psychology Major Requirements (54 credits)

Core Courses (21 credits)

  • MATH 2020 Applied Statistics I (3 credits) OR MATH 2020H Applied Statistics Honors (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1020 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) OR PSYC 1020H Introduction to Psychology Honors (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2900 Introduction to Quantitative Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3000 Psychological Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3710 History and Theories of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3760 Multicultural Issues in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4880 Senior Seminar (3 credits)

Major Foundation Courses (18 credits)

Learning, Memory, and/or Cognition (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 2010 Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2300 Behavior Modification (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3520 Principles of Learning (3 credits)

Sensation, Perception, and/or Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 2100 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3200 Evolutionary Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3920 Sensation and Perception (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4300 Psychophysiology (3 credits)

Human Development (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 2350 Life-Span Human Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2360 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2370 Early Childhood Growth and Development (3 credits)

Clinical, Abnormal, and/or Personality (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 2020 Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3210 Personality (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3260 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Social Influences on Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 2160 Social Psychology (3 credits) OR PSYC 2160H Social Psychology Honors (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3180 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3360 Psychology of Gender (3 credits)

Methods and Application (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 3030 Experimental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4800 Practicum in Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4810 Practicum in Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 4840 Advanced Practicum in Psychology (3 credits)

Psychology Major Electives (15 credits)
At least 9 of these credits must be at the 3000/4000 level.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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RESEARCH PROJECT RESERVATION SYSTEM

This Web page allows researchers to post their research studies and students to participate in these studies.

Currently, only Department of Psychology and Neuroscience faculty members, as well as NSU undergraduate students in PSYC 4800 (Practicum in Psychological Research), may post research studies here.

Note to PSYC 1020 Students: This course includes a research experience requirement that is meant to expose you to a wide variety of psychology research either through participation, ethics training, and/or reading the literature. This requirement is worth 5% of your final class grade. You may complete this requirement by participating in the experiments listed here (1 hour per 1% credit) or by fulfilling the alternative assignment (refer to your instructor for details). Any PSYC 1020 students who are not at least 18 years of age should complete the alternative assignment rather than a research study.

Make Reservation Students, login here to make a reservation to participate in a research project. Before making a reservation, please follow these instructions for using the SONA system:

  1. Go to the SONA homepage.
  2. Sign up for free account.
  3. Sign in to your professor's section. (Make sure it's the right section. Some professors teach multiple sections of the same class.)
  4. Begin signing up for studies.

Note that the last day to participate in a research study for credit will be at 11:59 p.m. on the Friday of the last week of classes (before finals week).

Directions for Students Planning to Complete the Alternative Assignment

There are two alternative assignment options for earning research credit. Completing the CITI training earns 2 research credits and the research paper alternative assignment earns one credit per paper. You may complete a combination of the CITI training and three research papers or complete five research papers to earn the required research credit.
Information for the CITI Training Alternative Assignment

  1. Go to www.citiprogram.org.
  2. Click on "Register."
  3. Participating Institutions: Choose "Nova Southeastern University."
  4. Click on "Continue to Step 2."
  5. Enter your name and email.
  6. Click on "Continue to Step 3."
  7. Create a username and password.
  8. Click on "Continue to Step 4."
  9. Answer demographic questions (you can choose to not disclose).
  10. Click on "Continue to Step 5."
  11. Answer questions.
  12. Click on "Continue to Step 6."
  13. Enter information for NSU:
    • Department: College of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
    • Your role in research: Student Researcher—Undergraduate
    • Area of research: Social and Behavioral Investigator Course Only
  14. Click on "Continue to Step 7."
  15. Answer questions.
  16. Click on "Continue to Step 8."
  17. Answer "What area of research are you working" with "Human Research (IRB Required Program)."
  18. Click "next."
  19. Select "2. College of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience."
  20. Click "next."
  21. Click on "Finalize registration" and you will receive an email with instructions for what to do next.

For 2 hours of research participation credit, you must complete all training modules with a 90% passing grade. If you have any questions, you may contact the Research Participant Pool Coordinator at sneill@nova.edu. Please put "Research Participant Pool" in the subject of your email, and be aware that, due to the high volume of requests received, you may have to wait up to three days for a reply.

Note that the last day to turn in CITI Training for credit will be at noon on the last day of classes (not final exam).” and change it to: “Note that the last day to turn in CITI Training for credit will be on your last day of classes (not final exam).

Information for the Research Paper Alternative Assignment

You will choose an article from an approved journal and write-up a 1–2 page analysis of the paper. One article analysis equals 1 hour of research credit; you may earn up to 5 credits by writing up to 5 article analyses. You must answer the following questions in the body of your paper:

  1. What is the topic of the article?
  2. What kind of research has been done on the topic before the current study?
  3. What type of research design was used in this study? How do you know?
  4. Who were the participants in studies? What did they do? Make sure to distinguish between studies.
  5. What was the independent (manipulated) variable? Make sure to distinguish between studies.
  6. What was the dependent (measured) variable? Again, make sure to distinguish between studies.
  7. How did what the researchers manipulated affect what they measured? That is, what were the results of the study (use non-technical language here)?
  8. What do the results mean?

Do not simply provide a list of the answers but discuss the answers to these questions in the body of your paper along with an overall analysis of the research.

You must select empirical journal articles. The following journals are acceptable:

  • American Journal of Psychology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child Development
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Journal of Animal Behavior
  • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Counseling Psychology
  • Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory/Learning
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Journal of Health Psychology
  • Journal of Individual Differences
  • Journal of Personality
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
  • Journal of Social Behavior and Personality
  • Journal of Social Relationships
  • Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Perception and Psychophysics
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Professional Psychology
  • Psychology and Aging
  • Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
  • Social Psychology Quarterly

Note that the last day to turn in a research paper for credit will be 3 weeks from the last day of classes (not final exam).

Turning in Alternative Assignments

If you complete the alternative assignments, you must notify your professor that you have all modules of online training (worth 2 hours of research credit) by providing a copy of the certificate of completion and/or submitting your papers (worth 1 hour each) to your professor at his/her NSU email address.

Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.

The psychology minor is intended to provide students with an overview of psychology and the opportunity to explore areas of psychology that most closely correspond to their interests and goals. This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the psychology major and APS major with a concentration in psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)

At least 9 credits in the minor must be at the 3000 level.

Core Courses (6 credits)

  • PSYC 1020 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) OR PSYC 1020H Introduction to Psychology Honors (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3710 History and Theories of Psychology (3 credits) OR PSYC 3760 Multicultural Issues in Psychology (3 credits)

Minor Electives (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following courses:

  • PSYC 2010 Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2020 Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2100 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2160 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 2350 Life-Span Human Development (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3000 Psychological Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3210 Personality (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3260 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 3520 Principles of Learning (3 credits)

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Are you planning to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in a related field of study? Consider NSU's Dual Admission Program, which enables qualified undergraduates at the College of Health Care Sciences to secure early acceptance into one of the university's competitive graduate and professional degree programs.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career.

4-Year Plan of Study