School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Bernard Beins, Professor and Chair

Students learn to approach the study of behavior scientifically and develop an understanding of how and why psychologists do research, and how that research contributes to our understanding of human and animal behavior.

In the department's research team program, groups of students and a faculty member conduct programmatic research in such areas as autism, effects of mass media, neuroscience, cognitive development, motivation, social judgment, clinical psychology, educational psychology, and humor. The interaction of students and faculty in actual research helps shape the student's perception of psychology as a social-intellectual activity rather than as a body of static knowledge to be passively assimilated.

The department offers a number of general psychology courses from which students majoring in other disciplines may select those most appropriate to their individual interests.

A student in the Department of Psychology typically may take no more than 12 credits of any combination of research team, independent study or independent research, internship, and honors work with the same faculty member.

Psychology, B.A.
Applied Psychology, B.S.
Psychology Minor

Requirements for Honors in Psychology

Students have the opportunity to graduate with departmental honors in psychology. To be eligible, a student must be a psychology major or minor in the junior year, with a 3.00 average in psychology and an overall GPA of 3.00. In exceptional cases, a student with a GPA as low as 2.70 may be considered if performance in psychology courses is outstanding. In any case, grades in psychology courses must not be lower than C.

Honors projects may be lab or field studies or may be based on library research. A student seeking departmental honors needs a faculty sponsor from the psychology department. Other advisers may be required depending on the nature of the project. The project must fall clearly within the field of psychology.

Once the student and sponsor have identified a topic, the student proposes the project to the faculty, both orally and in writing following APA format. After approval, work on the project may begin. While such projects are under way, meetings are scheduled to confirm that progress is being made toward completion. The student must present the finished project to the faculty, both orally and in writing, and the faculty must vote to approve it for honors.

Ordinarily, a student may take no more than 6 credits of honors work in psychology.

Advanced Placement

Students may receive equivalent credit for PSYC 10300 if they score 4 or 5 on the AP examination in psychology.

Requirements for the Major in Psychology -- B.A.

Credits in the major

PSYC 10300

General Psychology

3

PSYC 11300 General Psychology Laboratory 2
PSYC 20100 Proseminar in Development (3) or
PSYC 20500 Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
(or relevant life-span development course approved
by the department, if taken before declaring the major)


3
PSYC 20200

Proseminar in Motivation

3
PSYC 20700 Statistics in Psychology 4
PSYC 30800 Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSYC 30900 Methods of Testing and Assessment 3
PSYC 31100 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PSYC 31600 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 32000

Personality (3) or

PSYC 32100

Abnormal Psychology (3)

3

PSYC 33000

Cognition

3

PSYC 30100

Methods in Neuroscience (2) or
PSYC 30200

First Semester Research Team (2)

2

PSYC 30300

Second Semester Research Team

2

Restricted electives

PSYC 30400 Third Semester Research Team 2
PSYC 49200 Seminar in Psychology (3) or
IISP 49200 Seminar in Neuroscience (3) 3
Electives 78
Total, B.A. in psychology 120

Requirements for the Major in Applied Psychology -- B.S.

This program is designed for psychology students with interest in applying psychology in organizational settings.

Credits in the major

PSYC 10300 General Psychology 3
PSYC 11300 General Psychology Laboratory 2
PSYC 10200 Orientation to Psychology 1
PSYC 20700 Statistics in Psychology 4
PSYC 30800 Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSYC 20100 Proseminar in Development (3) or
PSYC 20200 Proseminar in Motivation (3) or
PSYC 20500 Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) 3
PSYC 30900 Methods of Testing and Assessment 3
PSYC 31100 Behavioral Neuroscience (3) or
PSYC 33000 Cognition (3) 3
PSYC 31600 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 32100 Abnormal Psychology (3) or
PSYC 32000 Personality (3) 3
PSYC 33400 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
PSYC 49200 Seminar in Psychology (3) or
IISP 49200 Seminar in Neuroscience (3) 3
Total, credits in the major 34

Supplemental requirements

ECON 12100 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) or
ECON 12200 Principles of Microeconomics (3) 3
COMP 11000 Computers and Information Technologies 3
GBUS 20300 Legal Environment of Business I 3
ACCT 22500 Financial Accounting 3
Cultural diversity elective (list in coordinator's office) 3
Total, supplemental requirements 15

Mathematics

Select one of the following:

MATH 10500

 Math for Decision Making (3) or

MATH 10700 Fundamentals of Applied Calculus (4) or
MATH 10800 Calculus for Decision Making (4) or
MATH 11100 Calculus I (4) 3-4

Communication

Select one of the following:

SPCM 11500 Business and Professional Communication (3) or
WRTG 21100 Writing for the Workplace (3) or
STCM 10800 Human Communication in Organizations (3) 3

Experiential requirement

Select a total of 6 credits in some combination of the following:

PSYC 30100 Methods in Neuroscience (2)
PSYC 30200 First Semester Research Team (2)
PSYC 30300 Second Semester Research Team (2)
PSYC 30400 Third Semester Research Team (2)
PSYC 31001-31006 Advanced Psychology Lab, special techniques (1)
PSYC 35200 Independent Supervised Research (variable)
PSYC 45000 Supervised Internship (variable)
EDUC 21910 Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice (3) 6

Required outside field

All applied psychology majors must complete an outside field. This may be

  1. a 15-24 credit minor in any Ithaca College department; or
  2. an individually designed outside field (minimum of 15 credits) with at least 12 credits above level 2 approved by the program coordinator. For students with a dual or double major, the other major counts as the outside field.

Summary

Total, psychology 34
Total, supplemental requirements 15
Total, mathematics 3-4
Total, communication 3
Total, experiential requirement 6
Total, outside field 15-24

Total, electives

34-44

Total, B.S. in applied psychology

120

Neuroscience Concentration

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses psychology, biology, and other areas of brain research. The concentration builds on introductory courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology.

Either the specialty area or research courses must be taken for 6 credits.

Requirements

PSYC 31100

Behavioral Neuroscience

3

PSYC 31200

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

1

PSYC 30100

Methods in Neuroscience

2

Specialty area courses in biology (BIOL 20300, BIOL 20600, BIOL 21100, BIOL 22700,
BIOL 34500, BIOL 35400); or in biochemistry (BIOC 21100, BIOC 35300, BIOC 35400)


3-6

Research in biology or psychology (PSYC 30300, PSYC 30400, or BIOL 30200)

3-6

Total, neuroscience concentration

15

Psychology-Optometry 3-1 Program

This joint program with an optometry college enables psychology majors to enter the optometry program after three years of undergraduate study. All graduation requirements of Ithaca College and the psychology department must be fulfilled during the first 90 credits of this program. After acceptance to the optometry program and upon successful completion of the first year of optometry college, the bachelor's degree in psychology is awarded by Ithaca College. This program must be carefully planned with the student's adviser.
Optometry 3-1 Program

Minor in Psychology

Requirements for the minor
PSYC 10300 General Psychology

3

PSYC 11300 General Psychology Laboratory

2

Five additional semester-long psychology electives, with at least two courses
at level 3 or 4 and no more than three at level 1


15

Total, minor in psychology

20

Students develop their minor programs in consultation with a designated minor adviser in the Department of Psychology. The department will accept courses that are required by a student's major in fulfillment of requirements in the minor.