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Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Developmental Psychology Concentration, Psychological Science, B.S.

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Psychological Science

Randall Grometstein Peter Hogan
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
John Hancock Cheryl Armstrong Christopher Adams
Peter Hogan Laura Garofoli Daneen Deptula
Sara Levine Cheryl Goldman Brian Kelly
Thomas Schilling Jannette McMenamy Hildur Schilling
     Ruth Thibodeau

Objectives for the Program in Psychological Science

The goal of the Psychological Science Program is to educate students in the scientific study of human behavior. The program combines theoretical, methodological, and applied topics enabling students to acquire knowledge and skills that enrich their personal lives and work careers.

The Psychological Science Program is a component of the Behavioral Sciences Department. It serves majors and minors in the discipline and offers supportive courses for a variety of other programs in the university. Bachelor of Art students are required to have foreign language proficiency at the intermediate level.

Requirements for the Major in Psychological Science


*Although listed in two areas you may only count this course for one area

+Fulfills Computer Literacy Requirement

++Junior/Senior Writing Requirement

*A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in this course

**Students will only be allowed to apply six credits from the double starred courses toward the psychological science major.  This is consistent with the policy of other Behavioral Science Programs where internships are counted as electives.

Requirements for Concentrations in Psychological Science

Two concentrations are currently available to any student majoring in psychological science; a concentration in Cognitive Science and a concentration in Developmental Psychology. When a student has successfully completed all of the required courses for a concentration, a “petition for a Minor” form must be modified appropriately (cross out “minor” and write in the appropriate concentration), signed by the advisor and chairperson and turned in to the Psychological Science Coordinator who will forward it to the Registrar. The area of concentration will be denoted on the student’s transcript.

Note: It is not necessary for students to pursue a concentration in order to fulfill the requirements of the psychology major. The concentration is a special option available for students with interests in the fields of developmental and cognitive science psychology.

Concentration in Developmental Psychology

The Developmental Psychology Concentration is appropriate for students who plan to undertake advanced work in Developmental Psychology. It would also be useful for those who seek future employment in such related fields as counseling and clinical psychology, education, and human services.

The Concentration consists of a minimum of 12 credits selected from two groups of courses. Courses in Group I examine the interrelationships among perceptual, cognitive, social, personality, and physical dimensions in the developing individual as well as the context in which development occurs. Courses in Group II provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of developmental issues through basic research, special projects in applied developmental psychology, or internships.

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