USF Psychology major

December 12, 2016


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the universitys entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade.

Majors must complete at least 34 semester hours in the field. A minimum grade of "C-" or better must be attained in each course in the major, except for PSY 3044 and PSY 3213, where a C or better is required. Although a C- is allowable for individual courses, a major GPA of 2.0 minimum is required for graduation. All majors must complete:

  • 2000/3000 Level Requirement (6 semester hours)
  • PSY 2012 Psychology I (if not already taken at a community college)
  • PSY 3044 Psychology II
  • Methods Course Requirement (7 semester hours)
  • PSY 3213 Research Methods
    and one of the following:
  • CLP 4433 Tests and Measures
  • PSY 4205 Experimental Design and Analysis
    or another methods course approved by the undergraduate advisor in Psychology.
  • 4000 Level Requirement (21 semester hours)

Successful completion of 7 additional Psychology courses numbered at the 4000 level selected as follows: At least two courses from each of the two groups below:

Group I

  • EXP 4204C Perception
  • EXP 4404 Psychology of Learning
  • PSB 4013C Physiological Psychology
  • EXP 4304 Motivation
  • EXP 4523C Cognitive Psychology

Group II

  • CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology
  • INP 4004 Industrial Psychology
  • SOP 4004 Social Psychology
  • DEP 4005 Developmental Psychology
  • PPE 4004 Personality

and any 3 additional courses numbered at the 4000 level.

Note: No more than a total of 3 hours of the following courses may count toward the major:

  • PSY 4913 Directed Study
  • PSY 4970 Honors Thesis.
  • PSY 4932 may not count toward the major. Nor may EAB 4715 (Supervised Practicum) count towards the major for those in the Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Statistics and Biological Science are required. Otherwise, students majoring in psychology are encouraged to complete a varied undergraduate program.

A prerequisite for all 4000-level courses is a grade of "C" or better in both PSY 3044 and PSY 3213, not "C-". For students minoring in Psychology, a grade of "C" or better in any college-level statistics course will substitute for the PSY 3213.

For students majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, any college-level statistics course with a grade of "C" or better may serve as prerequisite for 4000 level courses in Psychology but does not substitute for the PSY 3213 requirement.

Requirements for the Minor in Psychology

A minor in Psychology consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours, comprising PSY 2012, PSY 3044, and any three 4000-level psychology courses except PSY 4913. Students minoring in Psychology must also obtain a "C" or better in any college level statistics course in lieu of PSY 3213, or must complete PSY 3213 with a "C" or better. A GPA of 2.0 or better in the minor is required for certification. The purpose of the minor is to help students majoring in other disciplines to obtain an appropriate psychology background that will complement their work in their major. See the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advisor for suggested minor programs for students majoring in various fields.

Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

Undergraduate majors working toward the B.A. in psychology may complete a structured sequence of coursework and practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students are admitted to the program in the junior or senior year, after completing EXP 4404 and CLP 4414 with a grade of B or better. Admission requirements further include a minimum overall USF GPA of 3.0 or better, GPA of 3.2 for Psychology coursework, completion of at least 75 hours, and two letters of recommendation. Admissions are typically made in the fall and spring of each academic year. Successful completion of the concentration prepares students for employment opportunities in a variety of settings, for advanced study in Applied Behavior Analysis, and eligibility for completion of the Florida Certification Examination for Associate Behavior Analysis. Detailed information regarding the program and the admission process may be obtained from the undergraduate advisor or the program secretary.

Psychology Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a select group of undergraduate Psychology majors an opportunity to undertake an intensive individualized research experience. The culmination of the Honors Program is the completion and defense of an honors thesis. Application for the program will take place during the second semester of the student's junior year or, typically, prior to completion of 90 semester credits. Admission to the program is competitive and based on the student's overall academic record, performance in psychology courses, and a letter of recommendation from a member of the Psychology Department faculty. Successful completion of the program requires a GPA of 3.5 in major coursework, an overall GPA of 3.25 at USF, and, typically, completion of 43 hours in Psychology including PSY 4932 (6) and PSY 4970 (6). See the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advisor for details of the program and an application form.

USF 2001-2002 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 122 - 123

Psychology Faculty

Chairperson: E. L. Levine; Distinguished Research Professors: M. S. Goldman, D. L. Nelson, C. D. Spielberger; Professors: W. C. Borman, J. A. Bryant, M. D. Coovert, M. A. Finkelstein, R. Fowler, E. L. Gesten, P. Jacobsen, B. N. Kinder, E. L. Levine, C. E. Nelson, L. A. Penner, W. P. Sacco, T. Sanocki, P. E. Spector, D. E. Stenmark, J. K. Thompson, T. Tighe; Research Professor: J. Willott; Professor Emeritus: H. H. Meyer; Associate Professors: T. Brandon, M. T. Brannick, C. R. Cimino, J. M. Clingman, D. Diamond, J. B. Epps, C. L. Kirstein, V. Phares, S. Schneider, T. Shimizu; Assistant Professors: T. Allen, K. Brandon, D. Rohrer; Assistant Research Professor: M. de Perczel; Courtesy, Adjunct, & Joint Appointments: M. Altabe, G. Arendash, R. Bahr, H. P. Bahrick, J. Beckstead, D. Bernstein, J. Brannick, T. Chisolm, H. B. Clark, M. E. Clark, D. Cohen, J. Darkes, F. Del Boca, D. Dreblow, J. A. Eison, C. Furman, D. Goldsmith, W. Haley, K. Jenkins-Hall, W. L. Hartman, T. Herzog, P. Hill Epps, E. B. Kimmel, M. D. Knox, C. L. McEvoy, K. McNelis, R. Otto, C. R. Park, K. Pearlman, R. Plutchik, N. Poythress, J. Robyak, A. I. Rosenblatt, J. C. Ruckdeschel, D. J. Rundus, E. Salas, P. Sanberg, J. Sandler, L. Schonfeld, D. P. Schultz, D. V. Sheehan, R. Shytle, E. Silliman, B. Small, M. L. Stedman, T. F. Stokes, G. Teague, R. Vanderploeg, I. B. Weiner, S. Weinstein, S. Zheutlin.

USF 2001-2002 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 131 - 132

Psychology Courses

  • CBH 4004 Comparative Psychology (3)
  • CLP 3003 Psychology of Adjustment SS (3)
  • CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • CLP 4414 Behavior Modification (3)
  • CLP 4433 Psychological Tests and Measurement (3)
  • DEP 3103 Child Psychology SS (3)
  • DEP 4005 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • DEP 4135 Psychology of Language Development (3)
  • EAB 4715 Supervised Practicum and Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (1-6)
  • EXP 4104 Sensory Processes (3)
  • EXP 4204C Perception (3)
  • EXP 4304 Motivation (3)
  • EXP 4404 Psychology of Learning (3)
  • EXP 4523C Cognitive Psychology (3)

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