Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Undergraduate Concentrations Offered by the Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology is happy to announce the development of two new undergraduate concentrations beginning in Fall 2012.  Concentrations are optional class sequences that provide undergraduates a greater depth of knowledge within selected fields of psychology.  

Choosing a concentration area complements the breadth of exposure that we ensure within the psychology majors.  Concentrations are also open to students in other departments independent of the psychology major, similar to our minor.  We currently offer the Concentration in Child and Family Studies, and we are adding new Concentrations in Neuroscience and in Forensic Psychology.



Concentration in Neuroscience

Overview
The Neuroscience Concentration allows students to study the biological basis of behavior and organizational principles of brain functioning in depth. Students are encouraged to take courses in both psychology and biology because of the field’s interdisciplinary nature; however, students can meet concentration requirements from classes offered by the Department of Psychology alone. This concentration is well suited for students planning to go on to clinical neuropsychology, medicine, pharmacology, neuroscience, or allied health fields.

Requirements
Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. One of the four courses must have a service learning component or a laboratory component.

PSYC 310: Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 325: Sensation and Perception
PSYC 326: Cognitive Processes
PSYC 336: Brain and Behavior
PSYC 350*: Human Neuropsychology
BIOL 201*: Organismic Biology
BIOL 301*: Cellular and Molecular Biology
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration


Concentration in Forensic Psychology

Overview
The Concentration in Forensic Psychology allows students to study the field of psychology and the law in depth.  Students will explore areas such as police investigation, court proceedings, policy work, and learn about professions related to the forensic arena.  Drawing on knowledge from a range of subfields in psychology, students will gain first-hand experience with forensic research and related clinical interventions with forensic populations.  This concentration is well suited for students planning to pursue graduate school in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology (cognitive, developmental, or social psychology), criminology/criminal justice, or law school.

Requirements
Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. Students must enroll in PSYC 351: Law and Psychology. Students must also select a second class that has a service learning component or a laboratory component as part of their coursework.

PSYC 106: Forensic Science
PSYC 351: Law and Psychology
PSYC 360: Eyewitness Testimony
PSYC 368*: Child Abuse and Family Violence
PSYC 391*: Advanced Forensic Psychology Seminar
PSYC 392: Children, Psychology, and the Law
CJL 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration


Note.  Students may choose only one concentration.  All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Only three credits of course work from another university may be applied towards a concentration.  Additional courses related to each area may be approved by the Department of Psychology if they are offered.

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