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The Department of Psychology



313 Life Science Bldg. · Box 19528 · 817-272-2281
www.uta.edu/psychology
Academic Advising: 320 Life Science Bldg. · 817-272-0858


Overview

The Department of Psychology offers two programs of study leading to the bachelor's degree. It also offers courses of interest to the general public.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology is for those who wish to obtain a broad liberal arts education with a concentration in psychology. It is also a preparation for graduate studies in psychology and many other fields.

The Bachelor of Science degree in psychology is intended for those students preparing for work and study in fields requiring more mathematics and sciences. It is also suitable for pre-medical and pre-dental students. Students preparing for study in the health professions including medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, optometry, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine should also be advised by the Health Professions Advisor in the office of the Dean of Science, Room 206, Life Science Building in order to meet the requirements of the corresponding professional schools.

Courses of general interest to the academic community include the following, which have no prerequisites:

  • 1315. Introduction to Psychology
  • 2317. Basic Concepts in Human Sexuality
  • 3301. Psychology of Human Relations
  • 3302. Business Psychology
  • 3303. Drugs and Behavior

Restrictions: Psychology courses, except those cross-listed with biology, cannot be used to fulfill any of the science requirements, and must be taken under a BIOL course number for that purpose.

For career information visit www.uta.edu/psychology/psychologycareers/careers.htm.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

The requirements to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology can be achieved through degree plans under any one of six options (i.e., Option 1-BS in Psychology with a minor, Option 2- BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Clinical Health, Option 3- BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Neuroscience, Option 4- BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Developmental Science, Option 5- BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Social and Organizational Science, and Option 6 - BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology). Before choosing a degree program under one of these options, please consult with the psychology undergraduate advisor.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours from English or modern and classical languages literature.

History

Six hours of American History, or three hours of American History and three hours of Texas History.

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or INSY 2303 or any equivalent course. Alternatively, the requirement may be met by passing the university computer proficiency test

Oral Communication Competency

COMS 1301, or COMS 2305, or COMS 2302 or an equivalent three hour course approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages*

Six hours from the Cultural Studies List as listed at the following address http://www.uta.edu/psychology/Undergraduate Students/substitutes for 2313 and 2314 of foreign language.pdf or levels III and IV of a modern or classical language. Three of the six hours also serves to satisfy the core curriculum requirement of a three-hour liberal arts elective above the freshmen level.

Mathematics*

1323 or 1325 and 1426.

Political Science

2311 and 2312 or any six hours meeting the legislative requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours of designated courses in architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies**

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics. The Social and Cultural Studies requirement will be satisfied by designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or see http://www.uta.edu/universitycollege/current/academic-planning/core-courses.php. **

Other Natural Science

A total of 15 hours including two of the following sequences, or one of these sequences plus an additional seven hours in the same discipline: BIOL 1441 and 1442, or CHEM 1441 and 1442, or GEOL 1425 and GEOL 1426, or PHYS 1443 and 1444, or PHYS 1441 and 1442.

Major

36 hours to include: 1315, 2443, 2444, 3315, 3322, and 3334; one three-hour lecture course from each of the Groups I, II, and III; plus one three-hour course from either Group I, II, or III; and one four-hour advanced topics course from either Group I, II, or III.

Lecture Groups (nine hours - three hours from each group and three additional hours from any group)

I. 3310, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3319.
II. 3320, 3326, 3329, 3356, 4301, 4309, 4325, 4327, 4329.
III. 3316, 3317, 3318, 4303, 4310, 4332, 4337, 4339, 4357.

Advanced Topics Course (four hours)

I. 4410, 4411, 4412,
II. 4420, 4421
III. 4430, 4431, 4432

Minor or Emphasis

Either a minor of 18 hours in a discipline other than psychology or an Emphasis in Psychology, which consists of 18 hours of upper level Psychology course work, is required.

Minor

Information about minors can be found in the undergraduate catalog in the section for the desired minor.

Emphasis

At least 18 hours of coursework must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.

PSYC 3301 Psychology of Human Relations
PSYC 3302 Business Psychology
PSYC 3303 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 3304 Analysis and Management of Behavior
PSYC 3310 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 3311 Adulthood and Aging
PSYC 3312 Social & Personality Development
PSYC 3313 Gender and Cultural Diversity
PSYC 3314 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 3317 Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSYC 3318 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3319 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 3320 Behavior and Motivation
PSYC 3329 Behavioral Endocrinology
PSYC 3356 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 4306 Major Personality Disorders
PSYC 4309 Neuropharmacology
PSYC 4310 Behavior Therapy
PSYC 4332 Theories of Human Learning and Memory
PSYC 4337 Psychology of Testing
PSYC 4357 Health Psychology
PSYC 4359 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSYC 4398 Honors Thesis***
PSYC 4430 Advanced Topics in Clinical and Counseling
PSYC 4431 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science
PSYC 4432 Advanced Topics in Health Psychology
PSYC 4301 Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYC 4309 Neuropharmacology
PSYC 4325 Developmental Psychobiology
PSYC 4327 Behavioral Genetics
PSYC 4335 Cognitive Development
PSYC 4338 Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSYC 4357 Health Psychology
PSYC 4398 Honors Thesis***
PSYC 4410 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4411 Advanced Topics in Personality
PSYC 4421 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
PSYC 4412 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
PSYC 4432 Advanced Topics in Health
PSYC 4181, 4281, 4381, 4161, 4261, 4361 Research or Readings***

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

*Prerequisites may add hours to the total required for the degree.

**Psychology majors may not use psychology courses to meet this requirement.

***A total of 6 hours of research, readings credit and honor's thesis may be applied to the emphasis.

Suggested Course Distribution for Bachelor of Science Degree with Minor 1

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1323; HIST 1311; PSYC 1315; Natural Science 2, 4 hours - Total Credit 16 hours.
Second Semester: ENGL 1302; MATH 1426; HIST 1312; Natural Science 2, 4 hours; computer competency, 3 hours - Total Credit 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: PSYC 2443; Natural Science 2, 4 hours; POLS 2311; Fine Arts, 3 hours - Total Credit 14 hours.
Second Semester: PSYC 2444; Natural Science 2, 3 or 4 hours; POLS 2312; Social Cultural requirement, 3 hours - Total Credit 13 or 14 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: PSYC 3315, 3 hours; PSYC 3322, 3 hours; Advanced Topics Course , 4 hours; Modern Language III or substitution, 3 hours; Advanced Electives, 1 or 2 hours- Total Credit 16 or 17 hours.
Second Semester: PSYC 3334, 3 hours; Psychology Lecture Group I, 3 hours; Advanced Psychology Emphasis Lecture or Course for Minor, 3 hours; Modern Language IV or substitution, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours - Total Credit 15 hours.

Senior Year
First Semester: Lecture Group II, 3 hours; Advanced Psychology, Emphasis Lecture or Courses for Minor (3 courses), 9 hours; Literature, 3 hours - Total Credit 15 hours.
Second Semester: Psychology Lecture Group III, 3 hours; Advanced Psychology Emphasis Lecture or Courses for Minor (2 courses), 6 hours; COMS 2302; 3 hours; Advanced General Elective, 3 hours - Total Credit 15 hours.

1 These are suggestions only. See your academic advisor for an actual degree worksheet.
2 See catalog for acceptable courses.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

The requirements to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology can be achieved through degree plans under any one of six options (i.e., Option 1-BA in Psychology with a minor, Option 2- BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Clinical Health, Option 3- BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Neuroscience, Option 4- BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Developmental Science, Option 5- BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Social and Organizational Science, or Option 6 - BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in General Psychology). Before choosing a degree program under one of these options, please consult with the psychology undergraduate advisor and faculty associated with the chosen option.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours from English or modern and classical languages literature.

Modern and Classical Languages*

14 hours in a single modern or classical language or eight hours in a language plus six hours from the courses listed on the following link http://www.uta.edu/psychology/undergrad_advising/lang_subs.pdf or levels III and IV of a modern or classical language. Three of the six hours also serves to satisfy the core curriculum requirement of a three-hour liberal arts elective above the freshmen level.

History

Six hours of American History, or three hours of American History and three hours of Texas History.

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or INSY 2303 or any equivalent course. Alternatively, the requirement may be met by the University computer proficiency test.

Oral Communication Competency

COMS 1301 or COMS 2305 or COMS 2302 or an equivalent three hour course approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Mathematics*

Six hours: 1302 or 1315, and 1303 or 1316 or, or 1324 and three additional hours of MATH approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Political Science

2311 and 2312 or any six hours meeting the legislative requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours of designated courses from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies**

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics.

Natural Science

Eleven hours, including eight hours from one of the following sequences: BIOL 1333, 1334, 1282; BIOL 1433, 1434; CHEM 1445, 1446; GEOL 1425, 1426; PHYS 1401, 1402; or any sequence listed in Other Science in the Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, plus any additional three hours in Science approved by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Major

33 hours to include 1315, 2443, 2444, 3315, 3322, and 3334; one three-hour lecture course from each of the Groups I, II, and III; and one four-hour advanced topics course from either Group I, II, or III.

Lecture Groups (Nine hours - one three-hour course from each group)

I. 3310, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3319
II. 3320, 3326, 3329, 3356, 4301, 4309, 4325, 4327, 4329.
III. 3316, 3317, 3318, 4310, 4332, 4335, 4337, 4338, 4339, 4357

Advanced Topics course (four hours)

I. 4410, 4411, 4412
II. 4420, 4421
III. 4430, 4431, 4432

Minor or Emphasis

Either a minor of 18 hours in a discipline other than psychology or an Emphasis in Psychology, which consists of 18 hours of upper level Psychology course work, is required.

Minor

Information about minors can be found in the undergraduate catalog in the section for the desired minor.

Emphasis

At least 18 hours of coursework must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.

PSYC 3301 Psychology of Human Relations
PSYC 3302 Business Psychology
PSYC 3303 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 3304 Analysis and Management of Behavior
PSYC 3310 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 3311 Adulthood and Aging
PSYC 3312 Social & Personality Development
PSYC 3313 Gender and Cultural Diversity
PSYC 3314 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 3317 Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSYC 3318 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3319 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 3320 Behavior and Motivation
PSYC 3329 Behavioral Endocrinology
PSYC 3356 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 4306 Major Personality Disorders
PSYC 4309 Neuropharmacology
PSYC 4310 Behavior Therapy
PSYC 4332 Theories of Human Learning and Memory
PSYC 4337 Psychology of Testing
PSYC 4357 Health Psychology
PSYC 4359 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSYC 4398 Honors Thesis***
PSYC 4430 Advanced Topics in Clinical and Counseling
PSYC 4431 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science
PSYC 4432 Advanced Topics in Health Psychology
PSYC 4301 Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYC 4309 Neuropharmacology
PSYC 4325 Developmental Psychobiology
PSYC 4327 Behavioral Genetics
PSYC 4335 Cognitive Development
PSYC 4338 Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSYC 4357 Health Psychology
PSYC 4398 Honors Thesis***
PSYC 4410 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4411 Advanced Topics in Personality
PSYC 4421 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
PSYC 4412 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
PSYC 4432 Advanced Topics in Health
PSYC 4181, 4281, 4381, 4161, 4261, 4361 Research or Readings***

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.

*Prerequisites may add hours to the total required for the degree.

**Psychology majors may not use psychology courses to meet this requirement.

***A total of 6 hours of research, readings credit and honor's thesis may be applied to a given emphasis.

Suggested Course Distribution for Bachelor of Arts Degree 1

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301, 3 hours; MATH 1302, 3 hours; PSYC 1315, 3 hours; HIST 1311, 3 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours; Total Credit 15 hours
Second Semester: ENGL 1302, 3 hours; MATH 1303, 3 hours; HIST 1312, 3 hours; computer competency, 3 hours; Social Cultural requirement, 3 hours; Total Credit 15 hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester: PSYC 2443, 4 hours; Natural Science 2, 4 hours; Modern Language I, 4 hours; PSYC 3315, 3 hours; Total Credit 15 hours
Second Semester: PSYC 2444, 4 hours; Natural Science 2, 4 hours; Modern Language II, 4 hours; PSYC 3334, 3 hours; Total Credit 15 hours

Junior Year

First Semester: POLS 2311, 3 hours; PSYC 3322, 3 hours; Psychology Lecture Group I, 3 hours; Modern Language III or substitution, 3 hours; Psychology Lecture Group II, 3 hours; Total Credit 15 hours

Second Semester: POLS 2312, 3 hours; Psychology Lecture Group III, 3 hours; Advanced Psychology Emphasis Lecture or Course for Minor 3, 3 hours; Modern Language IV or substitution, 3 hours; Literature, 3 hours; Total Credit 15 hours

Senior Year

First Semester: Advanced Topics course, 4 hours; Advanced Psychology Emphasis Lecture or Courses for Minor (3 courses)3, 9 hours; Natural Science 2, 3 hours; Total Credit 16 hours

Second Semester: Advanced Electives, 3 hours; Advanced Psychology Emphasis Lecture or Courses for Minor (2 courses), 6 hours; COMS 2302; 3 hours; Advanced General Elective, 2 hours; Total Credit 14 hours.

1 These are suggestions only. See your academic advisor for an actual degree worksheet.
2 See catalog for acceptable courses.
3 See catalog or handbook for course options.



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Acceptance Requirements for a Major in Psychology

Students who wish to apply for major status in psychology must first meet the University and College of Science requirements for admission to major status and the specific requirements of the Department of Psychology listed below.

Overall and Psychology GPA of at least 2.25. Completed PSYC 2443 and 2444 with a C or better in each course. Students currently enrolled at the University may qualify to change their major to psychology by meeting the requirements listed above depending on their current status.

Academic Probation (College of Science): Majors whose overall GPA or GPA in major courses falls below 2.25 will be placed on probation and must consult with the Department Advisor prior to enrolling in additional courses.

Admission to Upper-Level Laboratory Courses:

To enroll in the Advanced Topic courses, (PSYC 4410, 4411, 4412, 4420, 4421, 4430, 4431, 4432), the student must make a C or better in both PSYC 2443 and 2444 or equivalent courses and must have completed the associated upper-division lecture course.



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Multiple Majors

To qualify psychology as part of a multiple major, it is necessary to complete the requirements for a B.S. major or a B.A. major in psychology, plus the requirements for another major. Both majors must be either B.A. or B.S. The diploma and transcript will reflect both majors.



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Distinguished Scholars in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a Distinguished Scholars program in psychology. This program is intended to provide students with the opportunity for intellectual and professional development that will take them beyond the requirements of the basic B.A. or B.S. degrees. Thus, the program serves to promote and acknowledge the special achievements of participating students.

To qualify, the student must have completed 30 hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in residence at UT Arlington, including 10 hours in psychology, with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or better. The student does background reading and designs a study with a faculty sponsor in PSYC 4361, then performs the research project and writes an honors thesis in PSYC 4398. In most cases, the six hours of Distinguished Scholar credit will not increase the total hours necessary to complete the B.A. or B.S. degree.

Qualified students or students who believe they may qualify should contact the undergraduate advisor as soon as possible after completing PSYC 2444.



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Psychology Faculty

Chair

Professor Gatchel

Professors

Ickes, Levine, Mellgren, Paulus

Associate Professors

Fuchs, Jackson, Kenworthy, Jensen-Campbell, Lin, Mann, Odegard, Peng

Assistant Professors

Dougall, Gagne, Lopez, Mora, Park, Perrotti, Scielzo

Professors Emeritus

Cox, Erickson



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Course Descriptions

View Course Descriptions for:

Psychology (PSYC)



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