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Undergraduate Psychology Degrees

Undergraduate Psychology Degrees

Whether you plan to earn an undergraduate degree in psychology or just have a casual interest in learning more about psychology, having a good understanding of the human mind and behavior can help you excel in a wide variety of career paths.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The requirements for a major in psychology are designed to meet educational goals of two distinct student populations--those who plan to attend graduate school in psychology and those who plan to pursue a career in a field other than psychology.

Students must complete a minimum of 34 graded hours of credit in Psychology earning a grade of C or better. At least 15 of the required 34 hours must be upper-division courses, and at least 9 hours (including 6 upper division hours) must be taken at Washburn. The table below shows required courses with prerequisites, and/or choices of courses which meet specific requirements.

Requirements Course (credit hours) Prerequisite(s)
The Foundation 

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (3)

none

PY 151 Psychological Statistics (3)

PY 100 with grade of "C" or better, or concurrent enrollment, and MA104

One (1) of the following courses:

______ Psychological Development Through the Life-Span (PY209)

______ Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (PY210)

______ Adolescent Psychology (PY211)

______ Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (PY212)

PY 100

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology (3)

PY 100

PY 251 Research Methods (3)

PY 100

PY 299 Psychological Forum (1)

PY 100 and Sophomore Psychology Major (Pass/Fail Only)

The Pillars

(Must complete one (1) course from each Pillar)

Pillar 1

PY 301 Principles of Learning (3)

PY 100

PY 306 Cognition (3)

PY 100

Pillar 2

PY 305 Sensation and Perception (3)

PY 100

PY 307 Physiological Psychology (3)

PY 100

Pillar 3

PY 309 Theories of Personality (3)

PY 100

PY 310 Social Psychology (3)

PY 100

Upper Division Electives

Complete any two (2) Upper Division courses in addition to the three pillar courses (above).

______ upper-division elective course (PY3XX)

______ upper-division elective course (PY3XX)

NOTE:  Upper division elective courses can be pillar or non-pillar courses.  Capstone courses can NOT be used to fulfill this requirement.

Prerequisites vary with course.  Please see Course Catalog for the prerequisites for each 300-level course.

Senior Capstone Experience (Must earn at least three credit hours)

PY 336 Field/Volunteer Experience in Psychology (3)

One related advanced course and consent of instructor

PY 387 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Psychology Senior or Consent

PY 389 Independent Study (1-3)

Consent of instructor

PY 390 Directed Research (1-3)

PY 386 and consent of instructor

                STUDENTS CONSIDERING GRADUATE SCHOOL

Students desiring to enter graduate school are highly recommended to enroll in Advanced Research Design & Scientific Writing (PY386) after completing Research Methods (PY251).

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The psychology department’s online degree option is a guarantee that over four years students will be able to complete all of the departmental degree requirements online. This degree option is not part of a separate online school, and we cannot guarantee the availability of specific online courses outside of our department (although it is guaranteed that enough online courses are available outside of the major to meet all BA requirements).

Please see the degree plans below for more details on specific psychology courses. Transfer students may be able to complete our degree plan, but are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor first before applying.

Degree Plan Starting Fall 2016

Degree Plan Starting Fall 2017

Degree Plan Starting Fall 2018

In addition to meeting requirements for the WU Certificate in Addiction Counseling, the following 11 courses (33 credit hours) correspond to Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of Kansas.  To be eligible for the LAC, students must have a Bachelor’s degree in a helping-related profession and pass the BSRB licensing exam.

  • A minor in Human Services requires 15 credits of HS coursework
  • To be awarded the certificate, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree or receive the degree concurrently

All courses must be 3 credit hours:

Grade Earned

HS312/512*           Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

 

HS316/516*           Addictions Treatment

 

HS324/624*           Addiction Services Coordination

 

HS325                   Group Work in Human Services

 

HS410                    Pharmacology and Substance Use Disorders

 

PY356                    Psych. of Marital & Family Processes (sub. for HS411)

 

PY333 or 350        Counseling Psychology or Intro. to Clinical Psychology

                              (sub. for HS414)

 

HS445                    Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues in Human Services

 

PY251                    Research Methods (sub. for HS 495)

 

First Internship:   PY336 Field Experience (sub for HS280)

Placement must be pre-approved by HS & PY Depts. Supervisor must have BSRB clinical license. Students must log 200 clock hours in addictions treatment activities and one hour of supervision from site and university supervisors for every 10 hours of internship. Hours/supervision logs (signed by site & university supervisors and student) must be submitted to HS dept. on completion of internship.

 

Second Internship: HS380 (200 clock hours with one-in-ten supervision hours)

Student must apply and be accepted to HS internship program by October 1st for Spring-semester internships and March 1st for Fall-semester internships. Application materials are on HS website.

 

Minimum 12 Credits in School of Applied Studies    □                                    GPA:

 

 

                                                                                                                   Total credit hours:    33

*600/700-level courses require department approval and are generally reserved for students enrolled in Washburn University's master's degree programs.

In order to graduate with departmental honors in Psychology, students must complete one of the three options outlined in the new Departmental Honors Worksheet. NEW for 2016 – Students may graduate with Departmental Distinction, please see the options outlined in the Departmental Distinction Worksheet or speak to your advisor today.

Departmental Distinction Form

Departmental Honors Form

More Information on Honors Option 1:

The student must have the consent of one member of the psychology faculty who will serve as the student’s Honors Chairperson.  The student must enroll in PY390 under the supervision of his/her Honors Chairperson during his/her senior year.  The student must also gain the consent of at least two other members of the department to serve on his/her Honors Committee.

Upon completion of the honors project, the student must present a copy of his/her final paper to each member of his/her Honors Committee at least 7 days prior to honor’s thesis defense meeting.  The document should include at least 20 references.  The oral defense of the document must occur no later than the last day of classes and notification sent to the Department Administrative Secretary of the meeting in order to schedule a room.  The student must then present the oral defense of his/her project before the members of his/her committee.  The agreement of two-thirds of the committee is required before the student may be approved for graduation with honors.  The Honors Chairperson will notify the Department Administrative Assistant via when a student’s project has successfully be completed, including any revisions.

Two copies of the final thesis document need to be submitted to the Department of Psychology for binding.  One copy is kept in the Psychology Department and one copy is given to your thesis Committee Chairperson.  The student can submit other copies for their own purposes.  See the Department Administrative Assistant for structure of document and applicable fees.

We strongly advise the prospective honors student to begin his/her honors project during the second semester of his or her junior year.  Additional information about acceptable honors projects should be obtained from the prospective Honors Chairperson.

Note.  Student who wish to count their Psychology Honors thesis toward the University Honors Capstone requirement should also submit their poster either for publication or for presentation in a public forum in addition to the committee defense. For more information about the University Honors Program, please visit www.washburn.edu/honors.

If you are planning on going on to earn you Master's degree or a Ph.D., then here is

  • a suggested list of courses that you should complete and
  • the preferred order that you should take those classes.

Please consult with your advisor or any of the faculty about the courses and ways that you can increase your chances of being accepted into a graduate program.

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psych

3

PY 151 Psychological Statistics

3

English 101

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

WU 101

3

Math 112 or 116

3

Lower division elective

1

Sophomore

First Semester

(17 hrs.)

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 251  Research Methods

3

PY 252 Advanced Research Methods

3

PY 209/210/211/212 Developmental Psychology

3

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Foreign Language 101

4

Foreign Language 102

4

PY 299 Psych Forum

1


Junior

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 301 Learning or PY 306 Cognition

3

PY 305 Sensation and Perception or PY 307 Physiological Psychology

3

PY 309 Personality or PY 310 Social Psychology

3

PY 389 Independent Study

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

English 300

3

Senior

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 390 Directed Research

3

Upper division Psychology elective

3

Upper division Psychology elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

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BA to MA Admission Criteria*

Students who have

a. Attained the “Standards of Achievement” described below, and 

b. Completed their Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Washburn University

will be granted

c. Admission into Washburn’s Psychology Master’s Program, and

d. Exclusion from the competitive admissions process

The Standards of Achievement are:

1.  Prerequisite course grade requirements

    No more than one C can be earned in any of the following courses (At least two of these courses must be completed at Washburn)

  • PY 151 Psychological Statistics
  • PY 251 Research Methods, or
  • PY 231 Abnormal Psychology 

2.  GPA requirements

  •     Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher and
  •     GPA in last 60 hours of 3.5 or higher, and
  •     GPA across all Psychology courses of 3.5 or higher.

 3.  Research requirements

   Completion and presentation of a research project as part of the PY Major Capstone as demonstrated through the completion of  PY390 Directed Research.  

4.  Faculty Recommendation requirements

Unambiguous approval of at least three full-time Washburn Psychology faculty members evident with their “Highly Recommend” declaration in their online recommendation letters.

5.  GRE

                  GRE scores are not required of “in house” applicants.

Timelines for consideration for admission:

  1. Online application ($40.00) and three recommendation letters due January 15
  2. The committee will decide and inform the student of their decisions asap.
  3. The applicant must formally accept or decline the offer by March 30.

* Student are eligible to take advantage of this program for 5 years from their date of graduation

 (S:/Psychology/Majors/Advising)

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If you are planning on getting a Psychology-related job after you earn your B.A. degree, then here is

  • a suggested list of courses that you should complete and
  • the preferred order that you should take those classes.

Please consult with your advisor or any of the faculty about the courses and ways that you can increase your chances of getting your dream job after you graduate.

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psych

3

PY 151 Psychological Statistics

3

English 101

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

WU 101

3

Math 112 or 116

3

Lower division elective

1

Sophomore

First Semester

(17 hrs.)

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 251  Research Methods

3

Lower division elective

3

PY 209/210/211/212 Developmental Psychology

3

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Foreign Language 101

4

Foreign Language 102

4

PY 299 Psych Forum

1

Junior

First Semester

(16 hrs.)

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 301 Learning or PY 306 Cognition

3

PY 305 Sensation and Perception or PY 307 Physiological Psychology

3

PY 309 Personality or PY 310 Social Psychology

3

Upper Division Elective

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

English 300

3

PY 299 Psych Forum

1

Senior

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 336 Field Experience/Internship

3

Upper division Psychology elective

3

Upper division Psychology elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

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Minor in Psychology

Students majoring in other areas but who wish to supplement their coursework with a variety of psychology courses should consider the minor in Psychology. A minor in psychology consists of no less than 15 hours, including at least nine hours of upper division courses. At least four hours must be taken at Washburn. Students should consult an advisor in the psychology department in order to select the most appropriate Psychology courses to complement their major.

Students must have a grade of C or better in each course applied to the minor.

Recommended minor courses for premed students and students in all health-related majors

Individuals who minor in Psychology are free to take any courses of their choosing within the constraints outlined above. However, the Psychology Faculty highly recommends that students pursing a major related to the healing arts strongly consider choosing from the following courses in their minor plan of study:

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology

PY 251 Research Methods

PY 305 Sensation and Perception

PY 307 Physiological Psychology

PY 326 Health Psychology

PY 338 Childhood Psychopathology

For a complete description of the individual classes, go to the course catalog at:

Academic Catalog

(Note, this link opens a pdf file of the entire undergraduate catalog in a new window.  When it opens, if you click on the ribbon icon in the upper right corner, it will open a page index.  If you click on any of the arrows, it will open a sub-menu for that section.  If you click on College of Arts and Sciences, you can then scroll down to the Mass Media Department and click on that link to open the course listing for Mass Media.)

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 211
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1564
psychology@washburn.edu

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