Psychology, B.S. - Concentration: B.S. to M.A. Accelerated Pathway

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The B.S. in Psychology (Concentration: B.S. to M.A. Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree and the M.A. in Psychology (Concentration: Accelerated Pathway) in five years at Southern Connecticut State University. This program has a separate admission process and eligible students are encourage to apply no later than their junior year of undergraduate study. Please consult the admission requirements in the undergraduate catalog and below for more information.

Overall GPA of 3.0 Required
120 Overall Credits Required

APPLICATION PROCESS

Undergraduate freshmen and transfer applicants will select the appropriate degree program and accelerated pathway concentration for their particular discipline when applying through the Common App. Current students who are already matriculated in a program at Southern must be accepted into the undergraduate portion of the accelerated pathway through department permission via the Selection of Degree system. Undergraduate students must declare their intention to join an Accelerated Pathway Program no later than their junior year. Eligible students in the accelerated pathway program will then apply for early acceptance graduate admission no later than spring semester of their senior year. During the application process, students will select both the graduate degree for their specified discipline and the accelerated pathway concentration. Please note that acceptance into the undergraduate Accelerated Pathway does not automatically guarantee admission to the graduate Accelerated Pathway. Students should contact their faculty advisor regularly to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduate admission.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

New students seeking admission into Southern Connecticut State University should apply online through the Office of undergraduate Admissions website:

https://www.southernct.edu/admissions/undergraduate   

Students must meet all of the university admissions criteria for acceptance into the program. Currently matriculated students must meet and maintain the following department requirements in order to be admitted to and remain in the program:

LIBERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 2 – Mind and Body
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology (Group 1R)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

41 Credits Required
Acceptance to the major required.
'C' or better required in all PSY courses

Requirements:

Group 2R: One of the following (Prerequisite: Completion of PSY 100)
PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
PSY 220 - Introduction to the Mental Health Field
PSY 227 - Social Psychology
PSY 228 - Personality
PSY 298 - Special Topics

Group 3R: One of the following (Prerequisite: Completion of PSY 210, 215, 219, 220, 227, 228 or 298.)
PSY 306 - Understanding Intelligence
PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology
PSY 332 - Human Emotions
PSY 333 - Mysteries and Science of Sleep
PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 366 - Health Psychology
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Education
PSY 398 - Special Topics

Group 4R: Required course: (Prerequisites: Completion of LEP Quantitative Reasoning)
PSY 259 - Statistics in Psychology

Group 5R: Required course: (Prerequisites: Acceptance to the major and departmental permission)
PSY 300 -The Psychology Major: Curriculum and Careers

Group 6R: Two of the following (Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 259 with a grade of 'C' or higher and PSY 300.)
PSY 303 - Perception
PSY 311 - Learning
PSY 313 - Cognition
PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior

Group 7R: Required course (Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 259 with a grade of 'C' or higher and PSY 300.)
PSY 393 - Experimental Methods

Group 8R: 9 credits (Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 259 with a grade of 'C' or higher and PSY 300, and at least 3 credits from [PSY 303, 306, 311, 313, 318, 320, 321, 332, 333, 361, 366, 370, 371, 383, or 398]. Some courses have additional requirements)

Select two of:
PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 406 - Language 
PSY 431 - Tests and Measurements 
PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment
PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation 
PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior
PSY 487 _ Psychopharmacology 
PSY 494 - Seminar in Human Nervous System and Behavior

Select one of the following:
PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 406 - Language 
PSY 412 - Psychology of Women
PSY 414 - Psychology of Spirituality
PSY 415 - Topics in Development
PSY 431 - Tests and Measurements
PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment
PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation
PSY 465 - Seminar in Psychological Counseling and Therapy
PSY 474 - Seminar in Behavior Theory and Practice
PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior
PSY 487 - Psychopharmacology
PSY 490 - Seminar for Psychology Majors
PSY 492 - Psychology and Law
PSY 494 - Seminar in the Human Nervous System and Behavior

Group 9R: One of the following (specific course prerequisites apply)
PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
PSY 220 - Introduction to the Mental Health Field
PSY 227 - Social Psychology
PSY 228 - Personality
PSY 298 - Special Topics
PSY 303 - Perception
PSY 306 - Understanding Intelligence
PSY 311 - Learning
PSY 313 - Cognition
PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology
PSY 332 - Human Emotions
PSY 333 - Mysteries and Science of Sleep
PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 366 - Health Psychology
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Education
PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior
PSY 398 - Special Topics
PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 406 - Language
PSY 412 - Psychology of Women
PSY 414 - Psychology of Spirituality
PSY 415 - Topics in Development
PSY 431 - Tests and Measurements
PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment
PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation
PSY 465 - Seminar in Psychological Counseling and Therapy
PSY 474 - Seminar in Behavior Theory and Practice
PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior
PSY 487 - Psychopharmacology
PSY 490 - Seminar for Psychology Majors
PSY 492 - Psychology and Law
PSY 494 - Seminar in the Human Nervous System and Behavior

Group 10R: One of the following (specific course prerequisites apply)
PSY 463 - Field Practicum in Psychological Research
PSY 467 - Laboratory Practicum in Psychological Research

Concentration in BS to MA Accelerated Pathway
6-9 Credits Required

Graduate courses require a grade of 'C' or higher

 PSY 500 - Design and Analysis in Psychology
 PSY 589 - Thesis Seminar
 Optional: One course from the following (specific prerequisites may apply)

  • PSY 527 - Abnormal Child Psychology
  • PSY 528 - Psychopathology
  • PSY 544 - Clinical Methods in Psych: Personality & Social Assess
  • PSY 554 - Psychotherapy and Behavioral Change
  • PSY 557 - Behavior Modification and Therapy
  • PSY 560 - Seminar in the Psychology of Women
  • PSY 592 - Issues in Psychology, Law and Ethics
  • PSY 599 - Special Topics

With permission, any of the following courses may be taken in place of one of the optional courses:

  • PSY 502 - Problems in Psychology
  • PSY 505 - Contemporary Theories of Motivation
  • PSY 517 - Seminar in Social Psychology
  • PSY 583 - Seminar in Comparative Physiological Psychology

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

9 Credits Required

  • ANT 204 - Language and Culture
  • BIO 120 - Microbiology
  • BIO 202 - Ecology
  • BIO 220 - Genetics
  • BIO 235 - Histology
  • CHE 121 - General Chemistry I
  • CHE 260 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 261 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 450 - Biochemistry
  • CMD 200 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • CMD 203 - Phonetics and Phonological Systems
  • CMD 317 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CMD 320 - Introduction to Hearing Sciences
  • CMD 419 - Language Acquisition: School Age Adolescense
  • CSC 152 - CS I: Programming Fundamentals
  • CSC 153 - Programming II
  • ENG 316 - Writing for Business and Industry
  • EXS 380 - Sport Psychology
  • MAT 139 - Short Course in Calculus for Social Sciences
  • MAT 150 - Calculus I
  • MAT 221 - Statistics
  • MAT 326 - Regression
  • MGT 300 - Management and Organization
  • MGT 305 - Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 414 - Creativity and Innovation
  • PCH 270 - Stress Management
  • PCH 355 - Health Counseling
  • PCH 356 - Maternal and Child Health
  • PCH 358 - Health Policy
  • PCH 480 - Health Law
  • PHI 215 - Logic and Scientific Reasoning
  • PHI 325 - Bio-medical Ethics
  • SED 481 - Teaching Exceptional Children: Elementary
  • SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Children: Secondary
  • SHE 302 - Mental Health Education
  • SMT 271 - Introduction to Sports Management
  • WLL 211 - Linguistics
  • WLL 403 - Second Language Acquisition

FREE ELECTIVES

Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).