Psychology, B.S. - Recreation Therapy

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

'C' or better required in all major courses. 

Survey of field and program (4 credits)
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)*
PSY 300 – The Psychology Major: Curriculum and Careers

Scientific Inquiry (7 credits)
PSY 259 – Statistics in Psychology
PSY 393 – Research Methods in Psychology

Individual and Social System (3 credits)
Select one:
PSY 227 – Social Psychology
PSY 228 – Personality

Development and Applied (6 credits) 
PSY 219 – Lifespan Development
PSY 321  - Abnormal Psychology

Basic Processes (6 credits)
Select two:
PSY 303 – Perception
PSY 311 – Learning
PSY 313 – Cognition 
PSY 332 – Human Emotions
PSY 383 – Brain and Behavior

Seminars and Advanced Scientific Inquiry, BS subset (6 credits)
Select two:
PSY 401 – 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 the Human Nervous System and Behavior 

Seminars and Advanced Scientific Inquiry (3 credits)
Select one:
PSY 401 – History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 402 – Seminar in Community Psychology

PSY 406 – Language
PSY 412 – Psychology of Gender
PSY 414 – Psychology of Spirituality
PSY 415 – Topics in Development
PSY 427 – Seminar in Close Relationships
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 466 – Clinical Psychology
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

PSY Major Elective (3 credits)
Select one:
PSY 197 or any PSY course at the 300- or 400-level, excluding PSY 471,  PSY 472PSY 473

Experiential Learning (3 credits)
Select one:
PSY 463 – Field practicum in Psychological Research or Applied Translation
PSY 467 – Laboratory Practicum in Psychological Research
REC 301 – Internship I

Recreation Therapy Concentration (15 credits)
Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete the Recreation Therapy Concentration. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

HMS 280 –  Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
REC 231 –  Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 574 –  Park and Recreation Management ('C' or better)
Choose two of ('C' or better):
     REC 534 –  Advanced Practice in Therapeutic Recreation Programming
     REC 543 –  Advanced Interventions in Recreation Therapy
     REC 581 –  Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation Service
     REC 585 –  Clinical Aspects of Therapeutic Recreation