Psychology - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychological Sciences
144 Kent Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2166
psych@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/psychology


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to prepare students for graduate study in psychology and related fields. Topics include stress and trauma, neural basis of learning and memory, social and biological influences on mental and physical health, growth and development of children, and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Students evaluate and interpret data and gain hands-on experience conducting research. Elective courses may be used to specialize in a number of areas of psychology and related fields such as neuroscience. The degree prepares students for graduate study and employment in a range of fields, including clinical psychology, research and experimental areas of psychology such as cognitive science and behavioral neuroscience, and related fields such as medicine and neuroscience.

The Psychology major comprises the following concentrations: 

  • The Child Psychology concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate study in clinical psychology, research and experimental areas of psychology, school counseling, developmental psychology, school psychology or related disciplines that require knowledge of interpersonal relationships and human development. Topics include child development, psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, children's cognitive processes, personality development and child-related research experience. 
  • The Pre-medicine/Pre-Osteopathy concentration prepares students for graduate study in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The concentration is designed to cover the Pre-medicine/Pre-osteopathy requirements so that students are prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and have the required prerequisites necessary for applying to medical school.
  • For students interested in other career paths within psychology, a "no concentration" option provides the flexibility to prepare for those careers.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic theoretical perspectives, principles, concepts, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and use fundamental data analysis techniques.
  3. Understand and apply basic research methods/tools in psychology and evaluate the adequacy of research designs.
  4. Write effectively in the discipline.
  5. Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PSYC 21621QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 13
PSYC 31574RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR) 3
PSYC 31684QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY II 3
PSYC 40111ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
PSYC 41363BIOPSYCHOLOGY 3
Social/Personality Electives, choose from the following:3
PERSONALITY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foriegn Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)4
Additional Requirements or Concentrations
Choose from the following:71
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 
1

Students who are also declared in the Sociology major may substitute SOC 32220 for PSYC 21621.

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.500

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
1

 All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information) . When students complete the requirement with fewer than 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

[AS-BS-PSYC]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ANTH, BSCI and PSYC Electives, choose from the following:6
HUMAN VARIATION
HUMAN PALEONTOLOGY
CELL BIOLOGY
ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 1
Application of Psychological Science Electives, choose from the following:3-4
SENIOR HONORS THESIS/PROJECT (ELR)
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (ELR) 1,2
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION (ELR) 1,2
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH:SOCIAL/CLINICAL (WIC) 3
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH:COGNITIVE/LEARNING (WIC) 3
RESEARCH WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC) 3
WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC)
ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS
Cognition/Learning Electives, choose from the following:6
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
BASIC LEARNING PROCESSES
Developmental Electives, choose from the following:3
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
Mathematics Electives, choose from the following:3-5
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR)
ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR)
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 112
Science Electives, choose from the following:8
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB)
BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Social Science (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)21
Minimum Total Credit Hours:71
1

No more than 12 credit hours of PSYC 31498, PSYC 41492 and PSYC 41498 combined may be applied towards major requirements in psychology.

2

Maximum 6 credit hours of PSYC 31498 and PSYC 41498 combined may be applied to the Application of Psychological Science area.

3

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. 

Child Psychology Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-PSYC-CHPY]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
PSYC 20651CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Application of Psychological Science Electives, choose from the following:3-4
SENIOR HONORS THESIS/PROJECT (ELR)
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (ELR) 1,2
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION (ELR) 1,2
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH:SOCIAL/CLINICAL (WIC) 3
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH:COGNITIVE/LEARNING (WIC) 3
RESEARCH WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC) 3
WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC)
ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS
Child Psychology Concentration Electives, choose from the following:12
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
CHILDREN'S THINKING
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS OF CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY 4
Cognition/Learning Electives, choose from the following:6
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
BASIC LEARNING PROCESSES
Mathematics Electives, choose from the following:3-5
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR)
ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR)
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 2,512
Science Electives, choose from the following:8
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB)
BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Social Science (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)18
Minimum Total Credit Hours:71
1

Maximum 6 credit hours of PSYC 31498 and PSYC 41498 combined may be applied to the Application of Psychological Science area.

2

No more than 12 credit hours of PSYC 31498, PSYC 41492 and PSYC 41498 combined may be applied towards major requirements in psychology. 

3

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

4

Maximum 9 credit hours may be applied toward concentration requirements. 

5

No courses listed as Child Psychology Concentration Electives may be applied toward upper-division Psychology (PSYC) electives for students declared in the Child Psychology concentration. 

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-PSYC-PMDO]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 30140CELL BIOLOGY 4
BSCI 30156ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
BSCI 30130HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 3
or BSCI 40430 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
BSCI 30171GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 4
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 30284INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 4
or CHEM 40245 BIOCHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE
CHEM 30475ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR) 1
CHEM 30476ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13002GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PHY 13022GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PSYC 41980RESEARCH WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC) 1
or PSYC 41990 WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC)
Cognition/Learning Electives, choose from the following:3
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
BASIC LEARNING PROCESSES
Developmental Electives, choose from the following:3
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
Organic Chemistry, choose one of the following:6
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 26
Minimum Total Credit Hours:71
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. 

2

No more than 12 credit hours of PSYC 31498, PSYC 41492 and PSYC 41498 combined may be applied towards major requirements in psychology.

  • While individual medical or osteopathy schools may require a variety of additional courses, the following courses are recommended and encouraged:
    BSCI 30518VERTEBRATE ANATOMY 4
    COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
    ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
    ECON 42086ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE 3
    PHIL 21001INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
    PSYC 40111ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
    PSYC 41363BIOPSYCHOLOGY 3
    SOC 42563SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE 3

Roadmaps


 

Psychology Major (No Concentration)

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Science Elective 4
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
Science Elective 4
Mathematics Elective 3-5
Developmental Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Cognition/Learning Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
PSYC 31574 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR) 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
PSYC 40111 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 6
Social/Personality Elective 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
PSYC 31684 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY II 3
PSYC 41363 BIOPSYCHOLOGY 3
Application of Psychological Science Electives 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
ANTH, BSCI or PSYC electives 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Cognition/Learning Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
ANTH, BSCI or PSYC Electives 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Child Psychology Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Science Elective 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
PSYC 20651 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Mathematics Elective 3-5
Science Elective 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Cognition/Learning Elective 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
PSYC 31574 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR) 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
PSYC 40111 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Child Psychology Concentration Electives 3
Social/Personality Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
PSYC 31684 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY II 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Application of Psychological Science Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
PSYC 41363 BIOPSYCHOLOGY 3
Child Psychology Concentration Electives 3
Cognition/Learning Elective 3
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Child Psychology Concentration Electives 6
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Osteopathy Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
BSCI 30140 CELL BIOLOGY 4
CHEM 20481
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
or ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
3-4
CHEM 30475 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR) 1
PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Four
CHEM 20482
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
or ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
2-3
CHEM 30476 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1
PSYC 31574 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR) 3
PSYC 41980
RESEARCH WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC)
or WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY (WIC)
1
Develomental Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
BSCI 30171 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 4
BSCI 30130
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
or ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
3
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Cognition/Learning Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
CHEM 30284
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
or BIOCHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE
4
PHY 13002 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13022 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 31684 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY II 3
Social/Personality Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
PSYC 40111 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
PSYC 41363 BIOPSYCHOLOGY 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Psychology Upper-Division Electives (PSYC 30000 or 40000 level) 6
Foreign Language 4
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120