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B.S. in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mental and behavior processes. In our program, students work with outstanding faculty committed to education and research in the many subfields of psychology. Students help contribute to new knowledge in the discipline through research with faculty and they have opportunities to apply their learning in the community through a clinical practicum.

What you’ll study
The psychology major introduces students to psychology as a scientific discipline and they explore the theories and evidence that support current understanding of the field of psychology. Our curriculum is focused on the development of scientific literacy and strong analytic skills. A series of foundational courses prepares students for advanced work. Our program combines exceptional classroom instruction with hands-on learning experiences through completion of independent research, a practicum in clinical psychology, or both. Many students work on research teams and complete research projects under the direction of an individual faculty member. A variety of internships are offered at local businesses and social service agencies

How you’ll learn more
Building on a solid core, students tailor the curriculum to their career goals and interests. Go deeper with extended coursework in different areas of psychology including developmental, social, clinical, cognition, biopsychology, evolutionary, and health psychology. NSU has a local chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society which students are invited to join. Students have many opportunities for experiential learning through independent research with a professor and many of our students have presented original research at conferences and published in academic journals while at NSU.

Where it can take you
This degree will prepare you to synthesize, integrate and communicate knowledge. With numerous opportunities for community practicums and collaborative research, a degree from NSU in Psychology gives students the knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in graduate school or employment immediately after graduation. Employment options include research in various business settings; human resource management; statistical consultation; counseling and case management in social service and mental health settings; ABA therapy; and more.

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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.

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 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
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