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1  Psychology Degree Requirements catalog College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Presented by The Psychology Department and the Office of Academic Services and Advising

2 Why Change the Curriculum?  The Psychology Faculty developed the new degree requirements based on the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for undergraduate psychology majors and the St Mary’s Conference for Undergraduate Studies in Psychology.  Data and information gathered through the NAU psychology department’s award-winning assessment strategies was also used to inform our new curriculum. These changes reflect:  skill development (statistics and research methods) and knowledge base development (content courses)  adequate background for upper-division coursework and capstone coursework.

3 What has changed?  The new structure of the degree requirements does this through foundational courses, breadth courses and depth courses.  These changes include two new required lower-division courses (PSY 255 – Introduction to Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and PSY Cognitive Psychology)  consistent prerequisites including statistics (PSY 230) and research methods (PSY 302W),  and the relevant breadth courses for upper division and capstone courses.  The Psychology faculty are confident that these new degree requirements will bolster students’ knowledge of psychological concepts and research, fortify their understanding of research processes, and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

4 New Major Requirements Core: PSY 101, PSY 230, PSY 302W Breadth: PSY 240, PSY 255, PSY 260, PSY 227 or PSY 250 Depth: PSY 320, PSY 326, PSY 340,PSY 350, PSY 355, PSY 375, PSY 406, PSY 415, PSY 461 Capstone: PSY 408C, PSY 450C, PSY460C, PSY480C, PSY 486C or PSY 490C

5 Psychology Major Flow  Psychology Core Courses (11) units)  PSY 101-Intro to Psychology or PSY 101H  PSY 230- Intro to Statistics in Psychology  PSY 302W*- PSY Research Methods  Breadth Psychology Course Requirements  PSY 240-Developmental Psychology  PSY 255- Intro to Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience  PSY 260- Cognitive Psychology  One of the following courses:  PSY 227- Intro to Personality OR  PSY 250- Social Psychology  Depth Psychology Course Req. 3 or more courses from the following:  PSY 320- Principles of Learning  PSY 326- Group Behavior  PSY 340-Child and Adolescent Development  PSY 350-Advanced Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience  PSY 355-Sensation and Perception  PSY 375- Social Psychology of Self and Identity  PSY 406- Clinical Psychology  PSY 415- Abnormal Psychology  PSY 461- Language and Cognition

6 Psychology Major Flow  Capstone Courses (3 units )  PSY 408C Fieldwork  PSY 450C Historical Systems of Psychology  PSY 460C Community Psychology  PSY 480C Health Psychology  PSY 486C Advanced Research  PSY 490C Senior Capstone Topics  Psychology Electives (6 additional units from any Psychology courses not taken for other requirements)

7 Psychology Minor Requirements  Minimum of 21 credit hours psychology courses 12 credit hours must be taken at NAU (may not include individualized study courses)  Required Courses:  PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)  PSY 240 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)  PSY 250 Social Psychology (3 credits) OR PSY 227 Personality (3 credits)  PSY 255 Introduction to Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)  PSY 260 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)  6 additional credit hours in psychology

8 New Psychology Courses  Psychology 255 Intro: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience  Psychology 260 Cognitive Psychology  Psychology 344 Adult Development and Aging  Psychology 406 Clinical Psychology  Psychology 326 Group Behavior  Psychology 461 Language and Cognition

9 Psychology Course Changes  PSY 486C Name Change to Advanced Research Pre-Requisites Added (PSY 101, PSY 230, PSY 302W)  PSY 480C Health Psychology Pre- Requisites Added (PSY 101, PSY 230, PSY 302W, PSY 255 and Junior Status) Pre-Requisites deleted (PSY 350)  PSY 460C Community Psychology Pre- Requisites Added (PSY 101, PSY 230, PSY 302W and Junior Status or higher)  PSY 320 Psychology of Learning Pre- Requisite Added (PSY 260)  PSY 450C Historical Systems of Psychology Pre-Requisites Added (PSY101, PSY 230, PSY 302W and Junior Status or Higher)  PSY 415 Abnormal Psychology Pre- Requisites Added (PSY 230, PSY 302W)  PSY 408C Fieldwork Experience Pre- Requisites Added (PSY101, PSY 230, PSY302W) Pre-Requisites deleted (admission to major or minor in Psychology).  PSY 355 Sensation and Perception Pre- Requisite Added (PSY 255)

10 Psychology Course Changes  PSY 350 Name Change to Advanced Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Pre-requisite Added (PSY 255)  PSY 340 Child and Adolescent Development Pre-Requisites Added (PSY 101, PSY 230, PSY 302W, PSY 240)  PSY 375 Social Psychology of Self and Identity Course description changed “Theory and research on the structure and functioning of the “self” and its impact on affect, behavior, and cognition.” Pre-Requisites Added (PSY 230, PSY 302W)

11 Should I Change Catalogs? A student’s degree requirements are determined by the catalog they are declared in when they become a student at NAU. Students may change to a newer catalog to take advantage of changes to degree requirements if they determine the change is in their best interest. If you are a Freshman or Sophomore we strongly recommend that you move to the Fall after verifying that it will not delay graduation. If your are a Junior you can select the new degree requirements after checking with an advisor and exploring the new plan. If you are a Senior planning to graduate Spring 2009, Fall 2009 or Spring 2010 we recommend that you remain in your current catalog. When should a student consider a change of catalog of their degree requirements?  If the student want to incorporate the new curriculum into their degree plan.  If the change of catalog will not increase their time remaining toward the degree.  If the student’s minor and or 2 nd major will not change in the new catalog.

12 How do I change catalogs? How can a student figure out whether it would be best to change catalogs? Meet with a professional academic advisor to go over the degree requirements and compare plans for all components of your degree. How can a student change to the newer catalog? After meeting with an advisor, complete a major change request form to submit to the Office of Academic Services and Advising. The change of catalog will be entered by office staff.

13 Summer Psychology Courses Enroll before April 13th  Summer Session I 6/1/09 to 6/30/09  PSY 101 Intro to Psychologyonline  PSY 227 Intro to Personalityonline  PSY 230 Intro to Statistics in Psyin person  PSY 240 Developmental Psyonline  PSY 320 Psy of Learningonline  PSY 346 Industrial and Org Psyonline  PSY 381 Psy of Emergency Responline  Summer Session II 7/6/09 to 8/4/09  PSY 101 Intro to Psychologyonline  PSY 250 Social Psychologyonline  PSY 302W Research Methods in Psy in person  PSY 340 Child and Adolescent Psyonline  PSY 365 Psy of Stress Mgtonline  PSY 423 Psychophysiology of Drugs and Behavioronline

14 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS The class I was planning to take for the Fall 2009 semester (my senior year) has a new pre-requisite that I cannot take, now what? Contact the Office of Academic Services and Advising or your Psychology Faculty to verify your need and assist with a requisite override. The Psychology Faculty will have permission numbers that will allow you to enroll. (until 2010) Can I take a new Psychology course to use for a previous catalog degree Requirements? Yes any Psychology courses may be taken as Psychology department electives. Does the change to the degree requirements mean I cannot graduate until I complete 41 units of Psychology requirements? No, as long as you remain in your earlier catalog for all of your degree requirements and are a continuing student at NAU you may earn your Psychology degree by completing 36 units.

15 More Information Visit the Psychology Department Website at Or contact Dr. Laurie Dickson at Or visit the Office of Academic Services and Advising or Or Call


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