The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Janeen Hill, Ph.D., Dean

Professors: Gabard, Glynn, Griffin, Hill, Lessor, McKenzie, Redding, Schandler, Sumida;

Associate Professors: Bisoffi, Brechter, Brodbeck, Brownell, Cipriani, Estrada, Grant–Beuttler, Peterson, Pincus, Shears;

Assistant Professors: Abbott, Boehm, Choi, Frederick, Hahn–Holbrook;

Clinical Associate Professors: Chan, Tierney, Young;

Clinical Assistant Professors: Brown, Gilliland, Jonathan, Marquez, Puri, Tominaga;

Instructional Associate Professor: Mosconi;

Instructional Assistant Professors: Dana, Rowland–Goldsmith, Walker.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

PreHealth PostBaccalaureate Program

The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to prepare students for graduate school and masters and doctoral level healthcare professional programs and for careers in healthcare and human services settings. The college is committed to helping students develop critical thinking skills, written and verbal communication skills and an evidence–based empirical approach to problem–solving. The faculty are teacher–scholars committed to quality teaching and involving students in the discovery of new knowledge through faculty–student research. All degree programs combine comprehensive didactic education with practical experience to foster the development of interpersonal skills, knowledge and practical expertise.

Undergraduate programs aim to foster an understanding of the biological, psychological and social bases of health and human behavior and require students to engage in individual scholarship or team research that frequently is of an interdisciplinary nature. One distinct goal of the various undergraduate degree programs is to prepare students for graduate study in professional health care programs, medicine and psychology. Students in the school’s graduate programs learn to apply concepts and principles of natural behavioral and social science to be successful in the professional community in a variety of health care and human services settings.

School Honors

Students graduating with a B.S. in Health Sciences will earn school honors at graduation by meeting the following criteria. Students must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.500 or higher and must have completed independent research. Completion of independent research includes the submission of a scientific manuscript for publication in a peer–reviewed scientific journal or a poster presentation at a regional or national scientific meeting. All departmental honor candidates must present their research at the University's Student Research Day. An appropriate assessment score of the research presentation and a vote by the appropriate faculty group will quality the student for honors.

Students graduating with a B.A. in Psychology will earn honors at graduation by meeting the following criteria: a cumulative GPA of at least 3.500 overall and in major; a grade of “A” in six credits of individual research (PSY 491 or 499) or in at least three credits of individual research (PSY 491 or 499) and at least three credits of fieldwork in psychology (PSY 492) and formal election by the psychology faculty.

PreFood Science, PreHealth Communication, PreMedicine, PreNursing, PreOccupational Therapy, PrePhysical Therapy, PrePhysician Assistant, PreDoctor of Podiatric Medicine

Degrees of study recommended for pre–food science, pre–health communication, pre–medicine, pre–nursing, pre–occupational therapy, pre–physical therapy, pre–physician assistant and pre–doctor of podiatric medicine students are B.S. in Health Sciences. Students are encouraged to meet with the appropriate advisors frequently throughout their undergraduate careers at Chapman.

Students using Advanced Placement (AP) credits to satisfy Chapman University admission requirements please note, not all medical schools accept AP credits to satisfy prerequisite requirements. All pre–medicine students should work closely with the pre–medicine advisor to select appropriate course work.

The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate to Graduate Degree Programs

Bridge Programs

Bridge Program B.S. Health Sciences to Doctor of Physical Therapy

Health science students are guaranteed early admission into Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program if they meet the early admission criteria and submit qualifying GRE scores to Chapman’s DPT program before the beginning of the senior year. Start of the DPT program is contingent upon the completion and documentation of required observation hours, the bestowal of the B.S. Health Sciences degree by the university and a cumulative GPA at graduation of at least a 3.500. For specific criteria and deadlines, go to the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Web site.

Bridge Program B.S. Health Sciences to Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies

Health science students are guaranteed early admission into Chapman University’s M.M.S. Physician Assistant Studies program if they meet the admission criteria. Admission into the M.M.S. Physician Assistant Studies is contingent upon the completion of the B.S. Health Sciences degree, a cumulative GPA at graduation of at least a 3.400 and at least a GPA of 3.600 in health science core courses. For specific criteria and deadlines, go to the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Web site.

Bridge Program B.S. Health Sciences to Master of Science Food Science*

Health science students are guaranteed early admission into Chapman University’s Master of Science Food Science program if they meet the early admission criteria. GRE must be taken before the beginning of senior year. For specific eligibility criteria for this program, refer to the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Web site.

Bridge Program B.S. Health Sciences to Master of Science Health and Strategic Communication*

Students interested in obtaining in–depth knowledge of health and risk communication theory, research and applications may pursue a Master of Science Health and Strategic Communication. This 30–credit program is available to students upon completion of the B.S. Health Science degree. For specific criteria and possible 4 + 1 program option meet with your academic advisor and the program director of the Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication.

*For this program listed above, graduate courses used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements may also satisfy up to 12 credits of graduate course work and may be double–counted towards both bachelor's and master's degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to Doctor of Physical Therapy

This program guarantees excellent health science students a seat in Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and makes them eligible for scholarship money awarded to outstanding physical therapy students. Early, guaranteed admission is a three–step process.

Step one: academic performance

Step two: early admission declaration and plan

By October 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed early admission must schedule an interview with Serena Healey (healey@chapman.edu) to review requirements and establish a plan to complete successfully the requirements for guaranteed early admission.

Step three: requirements to convert from conditional to a fully admitted student:

  1. Submit an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) in August before the beginning of the senior year.
  2. Complete the GRE before the beginning of the senior year with the following minimum scores: Verbal 152, Quantitative 148, Writing 5.0.
  3. Submit documentation showing completion of 40 hours of physical therapy observation/experience.
  4. Complete B.S. in Health Sciences degree with a cumulative GPA >3.400. The degree may be completed during any term of the senior year and must be verified by the Office of the University Registrar.
  5. Submit a deposit.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies

This program guarantees excellent health science students a seat in Chapman University’s Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies. Early, guaranteed admission is a three–step process.

Step one: academic performance

Step two: early admission declaration and plan

By November 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed early admission must schedule an interview with Lonnise Magallanez (magallan@chapman.edu) to review requirements and establish a plan to obtain early, guaranteed admission.

Step three: requirements to convert from conditional to a fully admitted student*:

  1. Submit documentation showing completion of 50 hours of shadowing a practicing physician assistant during any term of the senior year (for instructions refer to the Physician Assistant website).
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation, one of which from a physician assistant or a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O) during any term of the senior year (for instructions refer to the Physician Assistant website).
  3. Provide a personal statement (for instructions refer to the Physician Assistant website).
  4. Interview with physician assistant admission committee during the senior year.
  5. Complete B.S. in Health Sciences degree with a cumulative GPA >3.400. The degree may be completed during any term of the senior year and must be verified by the Office of the University Registrar.

*All admissions are not final until successful completion of a background check.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to Master of Science in Food Science

This program guarantees excellent Health Science students a seat in Chapman University’s Master of Science in Food Science. Early, guaranteed admission is a three-step process.

Step one: academic performance

Step two: early admission declaration and plan

Before October 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed early admission must schedule an interview with Program Director Dr. Anu Prakash (prakash@chapman.edu) to review requirements and establish a plan to obtain early, guaranteed admission.

Step three: requirements to convert from conditional to a fully admitted student:

  1. Complete the GRE before the beginning of the senior year with the following minimum scores: Verbal 153, Quantitative 153, Writing 3.5.
  2. Complete B.S. in Health Science degree with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.000. The degree may be completed during any term of the senior year and must be verified by the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Submit a deposit.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication

Students seeking eligibility for the B.S. in Health Sciences to Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication program will pursue the pre–health communication area of study. Students in this area of study must work closely with the health sciences faculty advisor and the program director of health and strategic communication to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The B.S. in Health Sciences is designed to prepare students for graduate work leading to careers in health care fields. The degree's core is composed of science courses that are the common prerequisites for admission into health care graduate programs as well as medical school. A combination of basic science, behavioral science and health science courses help to equip all students with a multidisciplinary understanding of health and health care in today's society. The 53–credit core is complemented by a 15 to 16–credit area of study which reflects an area of interest for graduate work in specialized health care professions.

major requirements

Students must take the list of required courses identified below. In addition, the student will select a 15 to 16–credit area of study in order to complete the degree. The areas of study include: pre–physical therapy, pre–occupational therapy, pre–physician assistant, pre–nursing, pre–med, pre–food science, pre–health communications and pre–doctor of podiatric medicine.

All courses must be taken for a grade except for HESC 101 which is P/NP. An overall GPA of 2.000 for all required courses listed below are necessary for graduation. Students who qualify (via GPA) and are attempting to meet the research requirements for school/departmental honors may pursue another option rather than HESC 492. Instead, they can replace this course with HESC 491 (Student–Faculty Research/Creative Activity) and they are expected to meet the research requirements indicated above for school honors.

degree core (53 credits)

requirements (50 credits)

HESC 101

Introduction to Health Care Professions

1

PHYS 107/107L

General Physics for the Life Sciences I/Lab–General Physics for the Life Sciences I

4

PHYS 108/108L

General Physics for the Life Sciences II/Lab–General Physics for the Life Sciences II

4

MATH 110/110L

Single Variable Calculus I/Single Variable Calculus I Lab

3

MATH 111/111L

Single Variable Calculus II/Single Variable Calculus II Lab

3

CHEM 140/140L

General Chemistry I/General Chemistry I Laboratory

3,1

CHEM 150/150L

General Chemistry II/General Chemistry II Laboratory

3,1

BIOL 204/204L

From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I)/From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I) Lab

4

HESC 210/210L

Human Anatomy/Human Anatomy Lab

4

HESC 357

Seminar in Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Health Sciences

3

HESC 365

Human Physiology Part A

3

HESC 366/366L

Human Physiology Part B/Human Physiology Part B Lab

4

SOC 385

Medical Sociology (prerequisite SOC 101)

3

PSY 436

Health Psychology

3

HESC 492

Capstone Seminar Internship in Health Sciences

3

one of the following (3 credits)

MATH 203

Introduction to Statistics

3

PSY 203

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

area of study requirements (15–16 credits)

Select one areas of study: pre–physical therapy, pre–occupational therapy, pre–physician assistant, pre–nursing, pre–doctor of podiatric medicine, pre–food science or pre–health communications

15–16

total credits

 

68–69

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.S. in Health Sciences.

prephysical therapy area of study (16 credits)

Students interested in pursuing graduate school in physical therapy with a B.S. in Health Sciences are eligible for Chapman's Doctor of Physical Therapy bridge program. Students gain automatic acceptance into Chapman's D.P.T. program, but they must meet specific requirements. Students participating in the bridge program must work closely with a health sciences academic advisor to insure all eligibility requirements are met.

one of the following (4 credits)

BIOL 208/208L

Introduction to Molecular Genetics/Introduction to Molecular Genetics Lab

4

BIOL 417/417L

Microbiology/Microbiology Lab (prerequisite CHEM 230/230L)

4

psychology (6 credits)

two of the following (PSY 101 is the prerequisite for the psychology courses)

PSY 327

Life Span Development (highly recommended)

3

PSY 328

Abnormal Psychology (highly recommended)

3

PSY 341

Cross–Cultural Psychology

3

PSY 344

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Psychology

3

PSY 345

Sports Psychology

3

PSY 355

Diversity in Marital and Family Relationships

3

PSY 428

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

3

PSY 432

Introduction to Psychological Assessment

3

PSY 433

Psychopharmacology

3

PSY 437

Health and Well–Being

3

PSY 446

Children and Trauma

3

PSY 461

Psychology of Music

3

PSY 481

Organizational Psychology

3

PSY 482

Forensic Psychology

3

PSY 495

Topics in Applied Psychology

3

electives (6 credits)

FSN 200

Human Nutrition

3

CHEM 230/230L

Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

3

FSN 339

Lifestyle and Clinical Nutrition

3

HESC 350/350L

Applied Exercise Physiology/Applied Exercise Physiology Lab

4

BIOL 355

Physiology of Drugs

3

BIOL 407

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

3

HCOM 482

Health Communication

3

HESC 490

Independent Internship

½–3

preoccupational therapy area of study (16 credits)

Students interested in completing the course work commonly listed as prerequisites for acceptance into a graduate school in occupational therapy will pursue this area of study.

one of the following (4 credits)

BIOL 205/205L

Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms

(Gen Bio II)/Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II) Lab

4

BIOL 208/208L

Introduction to Molecular Genetics/Introduction to Molecular Genetics Lab

4

psychology (6 credits)

two of the following (PSY 101 is the prerequisite for the psychology courses)

PSY 327

Life Span Development (highly recommended)

3

PSY 328

Abnormal Psychology (highly recommended)

3

PSY 336

Social Psychology

3

PSY 341

Cross–Cultural Psychology

3

PSY 344

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Psychology

3

PSY 345

Sports Psychology

3

PSY 355

Diversity in Marital and Family Relationships

3

PSY 428

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

3

PSY 432

Introduction to Psychological Assessment

3

PSY 433

Psychopharmacology

3

PSY 437

Health and Well–Being

3

PSY 446

Children and Trauma

3

PSY 461

Psychology of Music

3

PSY 481

Organizational Psychology

3

PSY 482

Forensic Psychology

3

PSY 495

Topics in Applied Psychology

3

electives (6 credits)

FSN 200

Human Nutrition

3

PHIL 314

Medical Ethics

3

PSY 333

Physiological Psychology

3

FSN 339

Lifestyle and Clinical Nutrition

3

HESC 350/350L

Applied Exercise Physiology/Applied Exercise Physiology Lab

4

HCOM 388

Nonverbal Communication in Health Care Environments

3

BIOL 407

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

3

HESC 490

Independent Internship

½–3

prephysician assistant and prenursing area of study (16 credits)

Students interested in completing the course work commonly listed as prerequisites for acceptance into the Physician Assistant master's degree program or the master's degree in Nursing will pursue this area of study. Students interested in pursuing a master's degree as a Physician's Assistant (P.A.) with a B.S. in Health Sciences are eligible for Chapman's bridge program to our graduate program in P.A. studies (master's degree in medical science). Students are automatically accepted to Chapman's P.A. program, but they must meet specific requirements. Students participating in the bridge program must work closely with a health sciences advisor to insure all eligibility requirements are met.

requirement (4 credits)

BIOL 417/417L

Microbiology/Microbiology Lab (prerequisite CHEM 230/230L)

4

one of the following (4 credits)

BIOL 205/205L

Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II)/Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II) Lab

4

BIOL 208/208L

 

Introduction to Molecular Genetics/Introduction to Molecular Genetics Lab

4

electives (8 credits)

PHIL 314

Medical Ethics (recommended for Chapman's PA)

3

CHEM 230/230L

Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

4

CPSC 230

Computer Science I

4

BIOL 330/330L

General Genetics/General Genetics Lab

4

CHEM 331/331L

Organic Chemistry II/Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

4

BCHM 350

Medicinal Chemistry

3

HESC 491

Student–Faculty Research/Creative Activity

1–3

predoctor of podiatric medicine area of study (16 credits)

Students seeking eligibility for the Schmid College of Science and Technology Health Science and Western University of Health Sciences Doctor of Podiatric Medicine linkage program will pursue this area of study. Students in this area of study must work closely with the health sciences faculty advisor to meet all articulation requirements for this linkage program.

requirements (12 credits)

BIOL 205/205L

Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II)/Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II) Lab

4

CHEM 230/230L

Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

4

CHEM 331/331L

Organic Chemistry II/Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

4

electives (4 credits)

BIOL 337

Immunology

3

BIOL 407

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

3

BIOL 417/417L

Microbiology/Microbiology Lab

4

HESC 490

Independent Internship

½–3

premedicine area of study (16 credits)

Students interested in completing the course work commonly listed as prerequisites for acceptance into a medical school will pursue this area of study. Note: Students should also take SOC 101 and PSY 101 since this is required for the MCAT.

requirements (16 credits)

BIOL 208/208L

Introduction to Molecular Genetics/Introduction to Molecular Genetics Lab

4

CHEM 230/230L

Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

4

CHEM 331/331L

Organic Chemistry II/Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

4

BCHM 335/335L

Biochemistry I: BioMolecules/Biochemistry I: BioMolecules Laboratory

4

prefood science area of study (16 credits)

Students seeking eligibility for the B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Food Science bridge program will pursue this area of study. Students in this area of study must work closely with the health sciences faculty advisor to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

requirements (16 credits)

FSN 200

Human Nutrition

3

CHEM 230/230L

Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

4

CHEM 331/331L

Organic Chemistry II/Organic Chemistry II Laboratory or

4

BCHM 335/335L

Biochemistry I: BioMolecules/Biochemistry I: BioMolecules Laboratory

4

BIOL 417/417L

Microbiology/Microbiology Lab

4

HESC 491

Student–Faculty Research/Creative Activity

1–3

prehealth communication area of study (15 credits)

Students seeking eligibility for the M.S. in Health Sciences to Master’s degree in Health and Strategic Communication Bridge Program will pursue this area of study. Students in this area of study must work closely with the health sciences faculty advisor and the Program Director of Health and Strategic Communication to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

requirements (6 credits)

COM 110

Interpersonal Communication

3

HCOM 482

Health Communication

3

electives (9 credits)

three of the following or with approval and in coordination with the health science faculty advisor and the program director of the health and strategic communication HCOM graduate level courses may be used to satisfy these undergraduate degree requirements and also satisfy up to 12 credits of graduate course work and may be double–counted towards both bachelor's and master's degrees.

SOC 305

Social Theory

3

FSN 339

Lifestyle and Clinical Nutrition

3

PSY 341

Cross–Cultural Psychology

3

SOC 345

Social Psychology

3

COM 355

Family Communication

3

SOC 382

Women, Health and Healing

3

SOC 404

Global Family Systems

3

PSY 437

Health and Well–Being

3

SOC 480

Topics in the Sociology of Health

3

SOC 481

Holistic Health

3

PSY 482

Forensic Psychology

3

SOC 483

Political Economy of Health and Medicine

3

other elective courses that can be used to fulfill the B.S. in Health Sciences degree

HESC 310

International Approaches to Health Science

3

HESC 350/350L

Applied Exercise Physiology/Applied Exercise Physiology Lab

4

HESC 370

Health Planning

3

HESC 385

Health and Aging

3

Other basic science courses can be used as elective courses to fulfill the health sciences degree based upon the student’s interest and goals, but must be approved by the health sciences program director.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The B.A. in Psychology helps students acquire a broad–based knowledge in the field of psychology as an empirical science of human behavior. Overall, the B.A. in Psychology is designed for students who want to prepare for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines for graduate study in fields where knowledge of human behavior would be beneficial or for baccalaureate–level careers in human services or in psychological support settings. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, methods of psychological inquiry, psychology processes and an evidence–based approach to the application of psychological principles to diverse areas of human behavior. The core foundation curriculum provides the student with the essentials of psychological science and thought. Culminating with the senior thesis, the core curriculum produces an integration of the student's goals and objectives with psychology's present and future. In addition to the core foundation curriculum, students pursue a curriculum of courses covering key psychological processes and applied areas of the field chosen in consultation with their psychology academic advisor. Students are also encouraged to complete elective courses that provide practical fieldwork experience and independent research projects. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or higher. The Chapman University chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in psychology is advised by psychology faculty and actively supports the development and maintenance of a curriculum high in quality and educational effectiveness.

core foundation in psychological science (19 credits)

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite to all other courses)

3

PSY 201

Critical Thinking

3

PSY 202

History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY 203

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSY 204/204L

Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences/Lab for Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

4

PSY 333

Physiological Psychology

3

psychological processes (15 credits)

one course from each of the following five groups

group one

PSY 310

Psychology of Learning

3

PSY 319

Motivation and Emotion

3

group two

PSY 315

Sensation and Perception

3

PSY 317

Cognitive Psychology

3

group three

PSY 322

Theories of Personality

3

PSY 336

Social Psychology

3

group four

PSY 323

Child Development

3

PSY 327

Life Span Development

3

group five

PSY 328

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 330

Child Abnormal Psychology

3

applied psychology (6 credits)

two of the following

PSY 340

Human Sexuality

3

PSY 341

Cross–Cultural Psychology

3

PSY 344

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Psychology

3

PSY 345

Sports Psychology

3

PSY 355

Diversity in Marital and Family Relationships

3

PSY 428

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

3

PSY 432

Introduction to Psychological Assessment

3

PSY 433

Psychopharmacology

3

PSY 436

Health Psychology

3

PSY 437

Health and Well–Being

3

PSY 446

Children and Trauma

3

PSY 461

Psychology of Music

3

PSY 481

Organizational Psychology

3

PSY 482

Forensic Psychology

3

PSY 495

Topics in Applied Psychology

3

senior project (6 credits)

Psychology majors are required to choose and complete one of the following three options as a capstone project during their senior year.

option one: directed independent research project

PSY 496

Senior Project: Individual Research (three credits/semester)

6

A two–semester individual research study designed for psychology majors who possess the academic qualifications and intend to continue their education in an academic graduate program and intend to pursue and complete an independent, innovative investigation in psychological science under faculty supervision.

option two: senior thesis

PSY 497a

Senior Thesis (three credits/fall semester)

3

PSY 497b

Senior Thesis (three credits/spring semester)

3

A two–semester thesis–focused seminar for psychology majors who possess the academic qualifications and intend to continue their education in an academic graduate program. Must be taken in sequence "a" in fall semester then "b" in spring semester.

option three: senior seminar in psychological topics

PSY 498

Senior Seminar in Psychological Topics

3

 

One course in applied psychology

3

For psychology majors who intend to pursue nonacademic employment or practice–oriented post–degree studies and training (e.g., marriage and family therapist, certified chemical dependency counselor, licensed clinical social worker, etc.).

total credits

 

46

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.A. in Psychology.

optional internships and individual study

PSY 291

Student–Faculty Research/Creative Activity

1–3

PSY 299

Individual Study

1–3

PSY 304

Advanced Research

3

PSY 490

Independent Internship

3

PSY 491

Student–Faculty Research/Creative Activity

1–3

PSY 492

Fieldwork in Psychology

3

PSY 499

Individual Research

1–3

Pre–Health Post–Baccalaureate Program

The post–baccalaureate program at Chapman University is recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It is designed for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field of science, who now desire to change their career path toward a pre–health profession. The program offers the student an opportunity to take various courses required of: medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner schools/programs. The program is not intended for those seeking to improve their GPA by repeating courses. For more information please visit the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Web site.

admission requirements

All applicants must have graduated from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree and a final GPA of 3.200 or above. Students should be ready to take a calculus based physics course by completing at least one semester of calculus.  If not, students will be required to complete a pre–calculus course as well as calculus before taking physics. All admitted students will be required to maintain a 3.200 GPA or higher to continue in the program.

typical curriculum requirements

Typical curriculum requirements (e.g. medical school) assuming no previous science courses:

Note – this list will be slightly different for those who wish to pursue programs such as Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, etc.

Students admitted to the program who have already taken one or more of the courses above will have the option of taking recommended upper division courses identified below, up to a maximum of 55 total credits (including the curriculum requirements):

Minor in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Minor in Human Biology

A Minor in Human Biology is a concerned study of cells and their components at the molecular level. Students learn theoretical information and lab techniques to study cells and their processes. A minimum of nine credits must be upper–division.

requirements (8 credits)

BIOL 204/204L

From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I)/From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I) Lab

4

BIOL 208/208L

Introduction to Molecular Genetics/Introduction to Molecular Genetics Lab

4

elective courses (10 credits)

select any combination of courses

BIOL 337

Immunology

3

BIOL 365

Human Physiology Part A

3

BIOL 407

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

3

BIOL 410

Developmental Biology

3

BIOL 417/417L

Microbiology/Microbiology Lab

4

total credits

 

18

Minor in Psychology

The Minor in Psychology is designed to enhance knowledge of a psychological process and/or area within the discipline. A minimum of 12 credits must be upper–division.

requirements (22 credits)

core foundation courses (10 credits)

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology

3

PSY 203

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSY 204/204L

Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences/Lab for Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

4

upperdivision courses (12 credits)

Select four upper division courses from psychological processes or applied psychology

12

total credits

 

22

Course Descriptions – Health Sciences

HESC 101 Introduction to Health Care Professions

Course examines major health professions including professional training, job responsibilities, future demand, and potential earnings. Students will interact with health care professionals throughout the semester. By the semester’s end, students should be able to identify which health careers better fit their interests and talents. P/NP. (Offered spring semester.) 1 credit.

HESC 112 Human Physiology in Health and Disease

This course is intended for the non-science major. It addresses key concepts in physical and biological sciences using human physiology as the platform. Students will learn fundamental laws of science, science methodology, and sufficient science content to enhance their ability to evaluate arguments surrounding current issues related to human physiology in health and disease. Lecture. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HESC 210 Human Anatomy

(Same as BIOL 210.) Corequisite, HESC 210L. An introduction to the study of human structure. The human body is studied from the following multiple levels of anatomical organization: cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the intact organism. Emphasis is on the functional bases of anatomy. Lecture, laboratory. (Offered every semester.) 4 credits.

HESC 210L Human Anatomy Lab

(Same as BIOL 210L.) Corequisite, HESC 210. Lab component of HESC 210. Fee: $125. (Offered every semester.) 0 credits.

HESC 291 Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Students engage in independent, faculty-mentored scholarly research/creative activity in their discipline which develops fundamentally novel knowledge, content, and/or data. Topics or projects are chosen after discussions between student and instructor who agree upon objective and scope. P/NP or letter grade option with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

HESC 310 International Approaches to Health

Prerequisite, health science major. Course addresses key factors in planning and implementation of health-related programs, both globally and in domestic cross-cultural settings. Issues addressed: health beliefs and behaviors, sustainability of remedial health practices and impact on mortality and morbidity. Emphasis on analytical thinking and writing. (Offered every year.) 3 credits.

HESC 329 Experimental Course

This course is designed to provide additional opportunities to explore experimental areas and subjects of special interest in undergraduate studies. May be repeated for credit if course topic is different. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

HESC 350 Applied Exercise Physiology

Prerequisites, BIOL 204, 204L, 210, 210L, CHEM 140, 140L, and BIOL 365, or 366, 366L, and athletic training, or biochemistry and molecular biology, or biological sciences, or health sciences, or kinesiology major. Corequisite, HESC 350L. This course is designed for students pursuing majors in, health science, biological science, and kinesiology. Students will consider physiological systems as interrelated and interdependent and will examine adaptations made by physiological systems when exposed to acute exercise stress. Fee: $75. (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits.

HESC 350L Applied Exercise Physiology Lab

Prerequisites, BIOL 204, 204L, 210, 210L, CHEM 140, 140L, and BIOL 365, or 366, 366L, and athletic training, or biochemistry and molecular biology, or biological sciences, or health sciences, or kinesiology major. Corequisite, HESC 350. Lab Course taken with HESC 350. (Offered spring semester.) 0 credits.

HESC 357 Seminar in Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Health Sciences

Prerequisite, junior standing. The course introduces interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to health care problem solving at micro (individual) and macro (societal) levels. Exploring current health problems and priorities in the U.S., we discover how multidisciplinary health care teams function to address diagnostic, prevention, care and treatment issues. Students observe how the various health sciences use knowledge and evidence to assess the outcomes of their efforts. Students investigate a current problem in health science and health care, working together using a variety of different disciplinary perspectives and methods. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

HESC 365 Human Physiology Part A

(Same as BIOL 365.) Prerequisites, BIOL 204, 204L. Students learn how physiological systems function in isolation and as part of linked systems. Emphasis on cell physiology and endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. Lecture. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

HESC 366 Human Physiology Part B

(Same as BIOL 366.) Prerequisites, BIOL 204, 204L. Corequisite, HESC 366L. Emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, urinary, and GI systems. Lecture, laboratory. (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits.

HESC 366L Human Physiology Part B Lab

(Same as BIOL 366L.) Prerequisites, BIOL 204, 204L. Corequisite, HESC 366. Lab component of HESC 366. (Offered spring semester.) 0 credits.

HESC 370 Health Planning

Prerequisite, HESC 101. The purpose of this course is to give the student a better understanding of the current health care dialogue and understand how to become a patient centered health care provider. Student will become familiar with different aspects of planning health care services, study health care disparities in the US and become familiar with the key authors and thinkers surrounding the health care reform act of 2010. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

HESC 385 Aging and Health

Prerequisite, HESC 101. The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between growing old and having health problems. We will examine health care economics and health services for older adults. We explore social issues and how they relate to aging and health as well as examine issues surrounding the end of life as it relates to old age (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

HESC 490 Independent Internship

Internships give students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical work experience, an increased understanding of their chosen career field, job skills, self-confidence, and more. Increasingly important in today's competitive job market, internships give graduates an edge when they seek jobs, having had "real-world" experience. Positions are available in various disciplines and are offered year round. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) ½–3 credits.

HESC 491 Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Students engage in independent, faculty-mentored scholarly research/creative activity in their discipline which develops fundamentally novel knowledge, content, and/or data. Topics or projects are chosen after discussions between student and instructor who agree upon objective and scope. P/NP or letter grade option with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

HESC 492 Capstone Seminar Internship in Health Sciences

Prerequisites, senior standing, successful completion (grade of C or higher) of all health science core courses. Students complement their 3 credit internship with a formal seminar. Seminar participants are organized into team to examine their real-world internship experiences from behavioral, social, and science perspectives of health and health care. Case studies are used to supplement student experiences and to promote a deeper understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of health care. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

Course Descriptions – Psychology

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 101 is prerequisite to all other courses in psychology. Introduction to the theories, principles, processes, problems, methods, and applications of psychology. In addition to attendance at lectures, students are required to serve as participants in course-relevant research or to complete a project of similar length and content. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 199 Individual Study

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–6 credits.

PSY 201 Critical Thinking

Prerequisite, PSY 101. Students explore methods of empirical and theoretical evaluation of psychological facts, assertions, research studies, and theories. The course focuses on the development of a critical thinking paradigm, which will reduce the probability of common errors of thinking. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 202 History and Systems of Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. Discussion and evaluation of psychology's historical roots and the influences and people that have contributed to its present form. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 203 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisites, PSY 101, MATH 104, proficiency in pre-calculus mathematics as evidenced by the appropriate placement exam score available through the Department of Mathematics. The course covers descriptive and inferential statistics, the rationale of hypothesis testing, a survey of the common parametric and nonparametric statistical tests, and the calculation and interpretation of statistical indices and applications. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 204 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 203, or equivalents with consent of instructor. Corequisite, PSY 204L. An introduction to the principles and procedures involved in behavioral sciences research emphasizing the scientific method and its application to psychological inquiry. (Offered every semester.) 4 credits.

PSY 204L Lab for Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 203, or equivalents with consent of instructor. Corequisite, PSY 204. An introduction to the procedures involved in conducting and analyzing behavioral science research. Students will complete projects ranging from survey research to research using perceptuomotor apparatus. (Offered every semester.) 0 credits.

PSY 290 Intern Program

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–6 credits.

PSY 291 Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Students engage in independent, faculty-mentored scholarly research/creative activity in their discipline which develops fundamentally novel knowledge, content, and/or data. Topics or projects are chosen after discussions between student and instructor who agree upon objective and scope. P/NP or letter grade option with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

PSY 299 Individual Study

Prerequisites, PSY 101, consent of instructor, academic advisor, chair, 3.000 or higher grade point average. Supervised individual study or research on a special problem or in a selected area of psychology. Open to lower-division students majoring in psychology. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–6 credits.

PSY 304 Advanced Research Design

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 203, 204. This course will provide a comprehensive and systematic examination of advanced research methods and statistical procedures applied to the empirical evaluation of human behavior. Students will evaluate quantitative vs qualitative designs, within-participant vs between-participant designs, and single-variable vs factorial designs, as well as non-experimental designs, such as surveys. The course goal is to support the development of a precise and complete research proposal commensurate with professional standards and suitable to support a Capstone Senior Thesis. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 310 Psychology of Learning

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An examination of the theoretical and methodological foundations of human learning. Emphasis is placed on an evaluation of the major learning paradigms and on the application of learning principles. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 315 Sensation and Perception

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the sensory nervous system and the perceptual basis of human experience. General topics include psychophysics and the physiology of the sensory systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the interaction between the anatomy of the sensory system and the transduction of sensory stimuli into meaningful perceptional experiences. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 317 Cognitive Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. Examines the neural basis for cognition beginning with attention and spans the breadth of cognitive processes to include memory, learning, language, reasoning, and problem solving. Students learn how our minds absorb, store, and manipulate information from the world to solve problems, make decisions, comprehend language, produce art, and laugh at jokes. Students are encouraged to think critically and develop questions about their own cognitive processes. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 319 Motivation and Emotion

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the theoretical, physiological, and behavioral constructs underlying the processes of motivation and emotion. Emphasis is placed on methods for studying motivation and emotion and their role in human behavior. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 322 Theories of Personality

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An evaluative review of the major theories of personality. Emphasis is placed on personality structure, dynamics, behavior, and development of the normal and abnormal personality. Theories include psychodynamic, cognitive, somatic, behavioral, social learning, and humanistic explanations for human behavior and their differential implications for psychology. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 323 Child Development

Prerequisite, PSY 101, psychology major. This course is for psychology majors and covers the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development from conception through adolescence. The course consists of a lecture and a laboratory component. Lectures introduce major theories and research strategies in child development and integrates applied aspects such as parenting and teaching children. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 326 Child Psychology and Development

Prerequisite, PSY 101. This course is for liberal studies students and other non–psychology majors and covers the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development from conception through adolescence. Lectures introduce major theories and research strategies in child development and integrate applied aspects such as parenting and teaching children. Classroom theories of child development and methods of interacting with children will be applied in context. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 327 Life Span Development

Prerequisite, PSY 101. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major theories, concepts, and research methods in life–span developmental psychology. Students will learn to understand cognitive, emotional, and social development and changes across the entire life span from infancy to late adulthood. This course examines the biological and environmental foundations of development including cross–cultural issues and highlights empirical research to integrate theoretical and applied perspectives. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 328 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An overview of the field of abnormal psychology, which is the application of methods, principles, and findings from psychological research to understand, classify, and treat “abnormal” behavior and psychologically–based human suffering. Topics of lectures, discussions, and video presentations provide an integrative overview of current approaches to classification, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders and mental illness. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 329 Experimental Course

May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 330 Child Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisites, PSY 101, and either 323, 326, or 327, or concurrent enrollment. This course reviews the etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological and development disorders in children and adolescents. This course is likely to benefit all students who are interested in interacting with children and adolescents, as well as students considering careers involving children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 333 Physiological Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An investigation of the relationship between brain and behavior. Students will study the structure and function of the nervous system, including the biological bases of psychopathology and normal function. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 336 Social Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the scientific study of how groups and individuals interact. Cognition, feelings, impressions, and attitudes influence and are influenced by the presence of others according to the precepts of Social Psychology. Topics include manipulation and influence tactics, persuasion, attraction, aggression, altruism, self–concept, stereotypes, and cognition and behavioral congruence. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 340 Human Sexuality

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influencing healthy human sexual expression. Emphasis is placed on gender identity, sex roles, variations in sexual behavior, love and attraction, and basic treatments for sexual dysfunction. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 341 Cross–Cultural Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the major issues and terminology used in cross–cultural psychology, which uses models and research methods from psychology, anthropology, and sociology. The course emphasizes a comparative approach. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 344 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Psychology

A systematic study of the psychological issues affecting lesbians, gay men, and bisexual individuals in American society. The course integrates the most recent research-based information with life experiences of lesbian/gay/bisexual people in such areas as conceptualization and origin of sexual orientation, lifespan development, psychosocial identity, relationships, internalized homophobia, parenting, and clinical services. Critical and controversial issues will be debated. The course emphasizes an affirmative approach and is appropriate for students of any sexual orientation. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 345 Sports Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An exploration of how psychological principles apply to the study and understanding of sports and related issues. Applicable for Psychology majors, Athletic Trainers majors, coaches, and anyone interested in analyzing sports topics from an advanced cognitive perspective. The course examines research from social, clinical, counseling, and experimental psychology as they relate to teamwork, cohesion, sports aggression, fan violence, motivation to achieve excellence, exercise adherence, and adult influences on child sports experiences. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 355 Diversity in Marital and Family Relationships

Prerequisite, PSY 101. This course will provide students with an overview of marriage and family relationships from a multicultural perspective. Basic theories and concepts in family life will be explored through a global lens including family development, gender and family relations, partner selection, marriage, parenting practices, divorce, remarriage, and issues in later life. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 360 Human Psychology: The Totalitarian Experience

This course addresses human responses to totalitarianism and focuses on political, sociological, and psychological perspective. Students explore a variety of psychological issues and questions associated with Germany and Europe an Nazi/fascist and communist legacies. Taught in Berlin at Chapman University's Berlin European Studies Program. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 395 Topic Courses in Psychological Process

Prerequisites, PSY 101, consent of advisor. An examination of selected topics in the area of psychological processes and the foundations of psychological understandings of human behavior. Course may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 399 Individual Study

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–6 credits.

PSY 428 Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 328. Overview of the profession and practice of clinical psychology. The course surveys the field's history, clinical training, assessment procedures, therapeutic interventions, research approaches, ethical and legal issues, areas of specialization (i.e. forensic, behavioral medicine, and child), and current issues and trends. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 432 Introduction to Psychological Assessment

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 203. Concurrent enrollment of PSY 203, with consent of instructor. An introduction to test construction, standardization, validity, reliability. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of intelligence, interests, values, and personality in normal and challenged persons. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 433 Psychopharmacology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An in-depth examination of the behavioral and central nervous system effects of pharmacologic substance use and abuse and the application of such substances to the prevention and treatment of psychophysiological and psychopathological dysfunction. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 436 Health Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. A study of illness behavior and theories and applications of health psychology and behavioral medicine. The course explores models of wellness and illness, the mind-body relation, coping with acute and chronic stress, health–related anxiety, smoking cessation, weight control and dieting behavior, and psychosocial interventions for chronic diseases, as well as alternative medicine and managed health care provision models. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 437 Health and Well-Being

Prerequisite, PSY 101. A scientific and practical exploration of human strengths by examining the contributions of the science of psychology to physical health and well-being. The course examines the psychological and physical aspects that contribute to self-efficacy, resilience, personal achievement, mindfulness, and spirituality. By drawing on scientific studies and concepts and techniques of Western and Eastern medicine and psychology, the course explores behaviors that enhance both physical and mental health. (Offered fall semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

PSY 446 Children and Trauma

Prerequisites, PSY 101, 323, or 326, or equivalent, consent of instructor. This course reviews the etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological trauma in children and adolescents. This course explores the influence of multiple factors of trauma that may lead to the emergence of childhood psychiatric disorders. This course provides a critical foundation for future training and education of students considering careers involving children with emotional and behavioral problems. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 461 Psychology of Music

(Same as MUS 461.)

PSY 481 Organizational Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An introduction to the scientific study of how psychological principles, concepts, and research apply to our understanding of work and work behavior. The course incorporates information from business, sociology, psychology, and economics. Topics include psychological testing, personnel selection, work violence, advertising, conflict resolution, hiring, interviewing, team building, and leadership. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding one's strengths and weaknesses as they apply to different components of work. (Offered fall semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

PSY 482 Forensic Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An examination of the interaction of the legal field and psychology, with emphasis on criminality, profiling, juries, prisons, sentencing, and police officer selection and training. Current research in Forensic Psychology will also be addressed. (Offered fall semester, alternate years.) 3 credits.

PSY 490 Independent Internship

Prerequisites, PSY 101, consent of faculty internship advisor, site internship advisor. Supervised independent experience in an approved setting where psychological services are provided and research is conducted. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

PSY 491 Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity

Prerequisite, consent of instructor. Students engage in independent, faculty-mentored scholarly research/creative activity in their discipline which develops fundamentally novel knowledge, content, and/or data. Topics or projects are chosen after discussions between student and instructor who agree upon objective and scope. P/NP or letter grade option with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.

PSY 492 Fieldwork in Psychology

Prerequisites, PSY 101, consent of academic advisor, internship supervisor, chair. Supervised experience in an approved setting where psychological services are provided. Additional meetings, assigned readings, and written evaluations of related readings and the field experience are required. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) ½–3 credits.

PSY 495 Topics in Applied Psychology

Prerequisite, PSY 101. An examination of selected topics of areas of application of psychological principles and processes. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

PSY 496 Senior Project: Individual Research

Prerequisites, senior standing, psychology major, PSY 101, 203, 204, and either PSY 304 or MATH 403, or equivalents, and consent of instructor supervising student’s research. Satisfaction of the major’s senior project requirement through the development and completion of an independent, innovative investigation in psychological science. The student will design, conduct, analyze, and formally report their study under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester). 3 credits.

PSY 497a Senior Thesis

Prerequisites, senior standing, psychology major, PSY 101, 203, 204, or equivalents and departmental approval. Satisfaction of the major’s senior project requirement through the development and quantitative testing of a psychological hypothesis culminating in a thesis. Students will use advanced literature search strategies, evaluate the quality of the literature, analyze data presented in the literature with the use of statistical software, and construct annotated summaries of the literature. In addition to completing directed assignments, students will provide a professional-level presentation of their topic and findings. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 497b Senior Thesis

Prerequisites, senior standing, psychology major, PSY 101, 203, 204, or equivalents and departmental approval. Satisfaction of the major’s senior project requirement through the development and quantitative testing of a psychological hypothesis culminating in a thesis. Students will use advanced literature search strategies, evaluate the quality of the literature, analyze data presented in the literature with the use of statistical software, and construct annotated summaries of the literature. In addition to completing directed assignments, students will provide a professional-level presentation of their topic and findings. (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 498 Senior Seminar in Psychological Topics

Prerequisites, senior standing, psychology major, PSY 101, 203, 204, or equivalents with consent of instructor. Satisfaction of the major’s senior project requirement through the comprehensive in-depth review of a psychological topic by locating, analyzing, and interpreting the most important literature related to that topic. In addition to completing directed assignments, students will provide a professional-level presentation of their topic and findings. May be repeated for credit. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits.

PSY 499 Individual Study

Prerequisites, PSY 101, consent of instructor, academic advisor, chair, junior or senior standing, psychology major with 3.000 or higher overall GPA. Supervised individual study or research on a special problem or in a selected area of psychology. May be repeated for credit. (Offered every semester.) 1–3 credits.