Department of Psychology

Dr. Gary E. Brown, Chair
325E Andy Holt Humanities Building

(901) 587-7542

Faculty

Gary E. Brown, Phil E. Brown, David H. Cooper, Michelle M. Merwin, Jeremy G. Turner, William H. Zachry

Mission

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to offer a broadly based liberal arts education with a major in Psychology that incorporates the educational goals of the profession as enumerated by the American Psychological Association. Achievement of these goals prepares the undergraduate student for graduate study or successful entry into a wide variety of occupations at the Bachelor's Degree level. Both faculty and students engage in public service and research related to needs of the region and the profession.  

Facilities

The department is housed on the third floor of the Andy Holt Humanities Building. Laboratory and computer facilities are available to students for use in laboratory courses and for individual research projects. Sophisticated behavioral and physiological equipment is used to conduct research on both human and animal subjects.
 

Student Organizations

Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, is available to psychology majors or minors who have completed nine hours of psychology and are currently registered for, or have already completed, at least three additional hours. A minimum psychology GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are required.

The Psychology Club is available to anyone interested in psychology. Field trips, speakers, and various other activities are provided for members.
 

Psychology Major

B.A. (5610-BA) or B.S. (5610-BS) Curriculum. A major in Psychology must complete one of the following three options. All general education requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree must be met.

Applied Mental Health Option. Designed for those students who want to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree and enter the workforce in a variety of mental health areas. This option totals 39 hours consisting of the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 300, 330 450, 480; and at least one course from each of the following four groups: (a) Psychology 312, 313; (b) Psychology 350, 355; (c) Psychology 360, 370; (d) Psychology 320, 470. No more than six upper-division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better. In addition, a grade of C or better is required for all psychology courses taken and psychology courses may be repeated only once. Following the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for ethical behavior is an essential part of psychological training and education. Students are expected to follow the APA guidelines in all fieldwork and research. If a student's performance places the welfare of a client or research participant (human or animal) in jeopardy and is determined to be inappropriate or irresponsible, the student will be removed from the course, receive a failing grade for the course and additional disciplinary action may be taken. A minor in an approved area is required.

Graduate/Professional School Option (5612-BA, 5612-BS). This option, consisting of 39 hours, is designed for those students who hope to pursue an advanced degree. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and take the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 475, 480; three courses from the following: Psychology 300, 312, 313, 350, 355, 360, 370, 450; two courses from the following: Psychology 320, 330, 470; and one course from the following: Psychology 440, 445. No more than six upper-division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better. In addition, a grade of C or better is required for all psychology courses taken and psychology courses may be repeated only once. Following the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for ethical behavior is an essential part of psychological training and education. Students are expected to follow the APA guidelines in all fieldwork and research. If a student's performance places the welfare of a client or research participant (human or animal) in jeopardy and is determined to be inappropriate or irresponsible, the student will be removed from the course, receive a failing grade for the course and additional disciplinary action may be taken. A minor in an approved area is required for the B.A.

Applied Business, Industrial and Personnel Psychology Option. This option, consisting of 39 hours, is designed for those students who want to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree and enter the workforce in business, industry, or personnel areas. Also designed for those who want to pursue advanced studies in industrial/organizational psychology. This option consists of the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 312, 340, 480, 490; two courses from the following: Psychology 320, 330, 470; and one course from each of the following two groups: (a) Psychology 310, 370; (b) Psychology 350, 360. No more than six upper-division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better. In addition, a grade of C or better is required for all psychology courses taken and psychology courses may be repeated only once. Following the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for ethical behavior is an essential part of psychological training and education. Students are expected to follow the APA guidelines in all fieldwork and research. If a student's performance places the welfare of a client or research participant (human or animal) in jeopardy and is determined to be inappropriate or irresponsible, the student will be removed from the course, receive a failing grade for the course and additional disciplinary action may be taken. A minor in business administration is required.

Psychology Minor

A minor consists of the following courses: Psychology 110-120 and 12 additional hours of upper-division psychology courses.


Courses Offered by Department of Psychology


Description of Courses



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