Stephen F. Austin State University

Psychology Major

Major in Psychology Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

  1. The following major curriculum applies to both the B.A. and B.S. degrees in psychology and will provide the student with a general background in psychology preparatory for graduate work in the main areas of psychology.
  2. This curriculum consists of 35 semester hours, with the requirement that at least 18 of the 26 advanced hours be taken at SFA.
  3. The student should also refer to the general education requirements under the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees for students in the College of Liberal & Applied Arts listed in the SFA General Bulletin.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, courses are 3 semester credit hours, 3 hours lecture per week Unless otherwise indicated, courses are 3 semester credit hours, 3 hours lecture per week. WE = Writing Enhanced

Required Courses: 26 hours

Course Title

PSY 133 - General Psychology - Survey of fundamental principles of behavior, including physiological, perceptual, developmental, learning, motivational, cognitive, social, historical, and methodological perspectives. Course fee: $3

PSY 200 - Scientific Literacy in Psychology - WE. Topics include information literacy and APA writing, ethics, introductory concepts in psychological statistics and research methods, and interpretation of data tables and graphs. Foundation course for psychological statistics and research design, preparing students to be better consumers of psychological science. Prerequisite: Psychology majors only; PSY 133 with a grade of C or better and sophomore standing.

PSY 330 - Psychological Statistics - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture and 1 hour laboratory per week. Application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques in processing behavioral data. Includes normative techniques, parametric and nonparametric applications. PSY 330L is a corequisite for this course. Prerequisite: Psychology majors only; PSY 200 with a grade of C or higher or consent of instructor.

PSY 341 - Experimental Psychology - WE , 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory per week. Research methods, emphasizing use of experimental control, and analysis of data for reporting experimental results in the psychological study of human and non-human behavior. Prerequisites: Psychology majors only; PSY 330 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.

PSY 420/497

420 - History & Systems of Psychology - Capstone course. Survey of the historical background of psychology, emphasizing its philosophical origins and evolution of the psychological point of view. Contributions of major schools of psychology to modern psychology also emphasized. Prerequisite: Psychology majors only; senior standing.

497 - Research Seminar - Students design, conduct, analyze, and write up research for publication/presentation. Prerequisite: Advanced standing and grade of C or better in PSY 341. Course fee: $32.

Cluster Requirements: Choose 1 course from 3 of the following 4 pairs:

PSY 310/311

310 - Industrial/Organizational/ Psychology - Comprehensive study of the use of applied psychology in the areas of business and industry. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

311 - Social Psychology - Study of how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals relate to and are influenced by the presence of others. Topics include conformity, aggression, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, social cognition, attitudes, stereotypes, prejudice, and group and intergroup behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

PSY 350/352

350 - Biopsychology - Examination of relationships between behavior and underlying physiological mechanisms. Aspects covered include neural conduction, sensory receptor mechanisms, learning and memory, and other aspects of higher cortical functioning in both humans and animals. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

352 - Health Psychology - Survey of the broad application of psychology to disease and wellness. Topics include stress, healthy habits, substance abuse, eating disorders, chronic pain and psychoneuroimmunology. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

PSY 360/361

360 - Cognitive Psychology - Introduction to current theory and research in the psychology of thought with an emphasis on human information processing system.Topics include perceptual processes, attention, memory, language, categorization, imagery, problem solving and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

361 - Learning & Conditioning - Examination of the principles of learning and cognition from the perspective of experimental psychology, with an emphasis on learning theory. The approaches of Pavlov and Skinner are predominant throughout the course, although the concepts of other learning theorists are also presented.Prerequisites: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

PSY 375/376

375 - Abnormal Psychology - Theories and research on the incidence, classification, etiology, and treatment of abnormal behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

376 - Lifespan Development - Examination of development from conception to death. Coverage includes theories and current research on the domains of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, with a focus on how biological and environmental factors interact to influence development in these domains. Prerequisite: PSY 133 and sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Electives: 9 hours, 6 of which are advanced; 18 of 16 advanced hours must be taken at SFA