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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

CHAIR: Mary Brazier Office: 444 Monroe Hall
PROFESSORS: Glenn M. Hymel, Janet R. Matthews, Evan L. Zucker
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Mary M. Brazier, Kim Ernst
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Lawrence Lewis, Erin Dupuis, Emily Russell
WEB PAGE: chn.loyno.edu/psychology/

Today psychology plays an important part in the background that every well educated person should have. For this reason, the department emphasizes the contribution that psychology can make to the liberal education of all students, including helping all students become intelligent "consumers" of psychological information. At the same time, the departmental program is designed to provide a thorough base of knowledge and skills for those students who are preparing to pursue graduate degrees to become professional psychologists or earn graduate or professional degrees in fields other than psychology (i.e., M.S.W., M.B.A., J.D.), as well as for those desiring a terminal degree in psychology without plans for graduate education.

The department also offers a formal degree program in which the student can major in psychology and simultaneously complete the course requirements expected for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, and other health-related post-baccalaureate programs.

As undergraduate psychology majors have a variety of goals, the department makes a conscious effort to individualize the learning process and the curriculum. Incoming psychology majors are assigned to faculty advisers, and the effort is made to maintain this student-advisor relationship until the student graduates. Higher level instruction for psychology students is done with heavy reliance on close work with a faculty adviser who directs the student in the choice of areas of study and adjunct courses designed with the goals and interests of the individual student in mind. Students are encouraged to engage in research under the supervision of a faculty member, enroll in off-campus practicum experiences, and conduct course-related service learning. This permits maximum flexibility and efficiency in the planning of a truly personalized undergraduate education.

The program leading to the B.S. in psychology consists of a core of four courses (including a capstone course), four structured psychology electives involving psychology both as a social science and a natural science, one lab, and three other psychology electives. Electives and adjunct courses are chosen in consultation with the advisor to help the individual student attain their desired educational goals.

Adjunct Courses

The department maintains no set list of required adjuncts for students majoring in Psychology. Those fulfilling the requirements for admission to health-related professional programs do have a set of prescribed adjunct courses to complete.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE

Total hours in psychology are 34 as follows:

1. Core   12 hours
  a. Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
  b. Introduction to Research 3 hours
  c. Statistics and Methods 3 hours
  d. History and Systems (capstone) 3 hours
2. Psychology as a Social Science   6 hours
3. Psychology as a Natural Science   7 hours
4. Psychology Electives   9 hours

Departmental Comprehensive Examination

In order to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the depth and breadth of psychology, a senior comprehensive exam is given the semester before graduation. Successful performance on the departmental comprehensive exam is required for graduation. Information on both the comprehensive examination and the required criterion score is available from the chair of the department.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman  
F
S
Major PSYC A100 — Electives
3
6
Foreign Language  
3
3
Common Curriculum  
9
6
   
15
15
     
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PSYC A301 / A303 - Electives
6
3
Adjunct/Electives  
3
6
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15
15
     
30
Junior  
F
S
Major PSYC Electives
3
7
Adjunct/Electives  
6
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15
16
     
31
Senior  
F
S
Major PSYC Electives — A470
3
3
Adjunct/Electives  
9
9
Common Curriculum  
3
3
   
15
15
     
30
TOTAL: 121 cr. hrs.    

View Common Curriculum Requirements

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–PSYCHOLOGY/PRE-HEALTH PROGRAM

Freshman  
F
S
Major PSYC A100 — Electives
3
6
Adjunct BIOL A106 / A107 — A108 / A109
4
4
Adjunct CHEM A105 / A107 — A106 / A108
4
4
Adjunct MATH A257
4
0
Common Curriculum  
3
3
   
18
17
     
35
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PSYC A301 / A303 - Electives
6
3
Adjunct CHEM A300 — A301
3
3
Adjunct CHEM A305
0
2
Adjunct PHYS A112 — A113 [ plus labs]
4
4
Common Curriculum  
3
6
   
16
18
     
34
Junior  
F
S
Major PSYC Electives
3
7
Adjunct  
3
0
Common Curriculum  
3
3
Foreign Language  
0
3
Electives   3 0
   
12
13
     
28
Senior  
F
S
Major PSYC Elective — A470
3
3
Common Curriculum Advanced
9
9
Elective Elective
3
3
   
15
15
     
27
TOTAL: 124 cr. hrs.    

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