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Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychological Science, B.S.


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Psychological Science


Chairperson
 
 
Jannette McMenamy    
Professors
Associate Professors
Daneen Deptula Christopher Adams  
Laura Garofoli Cheryl Armstrong  
Sara Levine Darlene (Lena) Ficco  
Jannette McMenamy Cheryl Goldman  
Hildur Schilling Michael Hove  
Thomas Schilling    
     

Objectives for the Program in Psychological Science

The goal of the Psychological Science Program is to educate students in the scientific study of the mind and human behavior. The program combines theoretical, methodological, and applied topics enabling students to acquire knowledge and skills that enrich their personal lives, work careers, and future academic pursuits. The Psychological Science program has particular strengths in cognitive psychology, counseling/clinical psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology. 

Bachelor of Art students are required to have foreign language proficiency at the intermediate level.

Psychological Science


Psychological Science Program Learning Outcomes (based on the American Psychological Association program standards):

  • PLO 1: Students will accurately use and apply key concepts, theories, and empirical findings to describe, explain, and predict psychological phenomena, taking into consideration diverse individual and cultural perspectives.
  • PLO 2: Students will locate, evaluate, summarize, and synthesize research literature with appropriate citation.
  • PLO 3: Students will design and/or conduct psychological research, including the analysis of data using descriptive and/or inferential statistics. 
  • PLO 4: Students will identify, describe, and evaluate key ethical principles in psychological research and practice, taking into consideration characteristics and needs of diverse populations.
  • PLO 5: Students will demonstrate effective written and oral presentation skills using conventions of scientific communication (e.g., APA style).
  • PLO 6: Students will develop potential post-baccalaureate plans informed by coursework, accurate self-assessment and self-reflection (e.g., work habits), as well as active exploration of career options (including consideration of skills sets desired by employers who typically hire people with psychology backgrounds).

    Adopted 5.19.23

Prerequisites for the Major in Psychological Science


Additional Requirements


  • Advanced Research Methods Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation or Elective Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation or Elective Course 3 cr.
  • Foundation or Elective Course 3 cr.
  • Capstone Course 3 cr. minimum 

+ A minimum grade of 2.0 must be earned in these courses.

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