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The Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis offers a numberof degree programs. Classes are available both day and evening. Specialization is possible in several fields of psychology both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Complete information on degree requirements and course descriptions can be found in the University of Missouri-St. Louis Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogue. In addition, advisors in the Psychology Academic Advising Office are available to answer questions regarding career options in psychology and to provide information regarding course offerings and degree requirements.
In conjunction with course work in the department, students have the opportunity to do research in a wide variety of areas, including animal and human learning, human factors, perception, physiological, industrial-organizational, cognitive processes, personality-social, developmental, clinical, and community psychology. The student may choose an area of concentration in graduate school preparation, child care and development, or industrial/organizational psychology. The student, however, is not required to follow one of these concentrations and may devise an individual program.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
This is the basic liberal arts undergraduate degree. Students take a minimum of 31 hours and a mximum of 45 hours in psychology, acquiring a broad background in the field with an opportunity to concentrate in specific areas. Areas of specialization available to students include: graduate school preparation, child care and development, clinical psychology/community mental health, and industrial/organizational psychology. These concentration areas do not lead to special certificates other than the bachelor's degree. They are advisory, intended to guide students in planning a course of study. Information regarding the recommended courses for each of these specialization areas is available from the Undergraduate Psychology Office, 325 Stadler Hall.
The undergraduate program helps students to acquire a broad knowledge of psychology and to develop basic skills in research methods. Students may take practicum courses, such as Psychology 2295, Field Placement, that enable them to gain practical work experience in a variety of field settings and agencies. In addition, students wanting to develop research skills may participate in supervised independent research programs such as Psychology 3390, Directed Studies, or as research assistants with Psychology faculty. These independent research and practicum courses are particularly important for students who plan to go on to graduate study in psychology.
All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology must complete 120 credit hours of course credit. In order to graduate, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, both overall and in the major. In earning a degree, the following requirements must be satisfied.
Communicative Skills (two requirements)
- A satisfactory score on the English Placement Test or a grade of C or better in a college-level English composition course at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
- English 3100, Advanced Expository Writing, or its equivalent, with a grade of C or better.
Students entering UM-St. Louis before Fall, 1996.
- Score of 14 or better on the Algebra II section of the Mathematics Placement Test, or
- A college-level mathematics course with a minimum grade of C, or
- A grade of C or better in the UM-St. Louis Intermediate Algebra Workshop.
Students entering UM-St. Louis Fall, 1996, or later:
- Score of 19 or better on the Algebra II section of the MathematicsPlacement Test, or
- A grade of C- or better in a college-credit mathematics course having at least intermediate algebra as a prerequisite.
Breadth of Study
Degree candidates must complete at least 42 credit hours in the following three areas, with at least three courses in each area.
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Social Sciences
American History and Government
Students must complete one course in American history or government at UM-St. Louis or at any other college or university in Missouri.
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements:
In addition to the University's General Education requirements, all students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must satisfy the following requirements:
Cultural Diversity Requirement
Students must complete one three-hour non-Euro-American course.
Candidates for Bachelor of Arts degrees must complete 13 credit hours, or the equivalence in proficiency in one foreign language.
Department of Psychology Requirements
In addition to the University and College requirements, psychology majors must complete at least 31, but not more than 45, credit hours in psychology. Courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis cannot be counted toward the minimum 31 psychology hours. Credits in psychology must be distributed in accordance with the following requirements.
Core Curriculum (All required)
- Psychology 1000, Careers in Psychology (1 credit)
- Psychology 1003, General Psychology, or its equivalent
- Psychology 2201, Psychological Statistics, or its equivalent
- Psychology 2219, Research Methods, or its equivalent
- Psychology 4999, Integrated Psychology (2 credits)
Students must also take one course from each of the following three areas:
- Biological Psychology
- Psychology 2111, Introduction to Biological Psychology
- Social and Developmental Psychology
- Psychology 2160, Social Psychology or
- Psychology 2270, Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence
- Personality and Abnormal Psychology
- Psychology 2216, Personality Theory or
- Psychology 2245, Abnormal Psychology
Psychology majors must complete a total of 12 credit hours of 3000/4000 level Psychology courses. No more than three credit hours of Psychology 3390, Directed Studies, can be applied to this advanced study requirement.
Independent Study Restriction
No more than six credit hours of independent study courses in psychology may be counted toward the 31-hour minimum required for a degree. This restriction applies to the following courses:
- Psychology 2295, Selected Topics in Field Placement
- Psychology 3390, Directed Studies
Minor In Psychology
The department offers a minor in psychology to students with special interest in this field but who major in another discipline. A minor in psychology is particularly useful for students majoring in the other social sciences or in business administration. Requirements for the minor include a minimum of 15 hours of coursework in psychology, including at least six hours of 3000-level psychology courses. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may not be applied to the minor.
Graduate degree programs include a Master of Arts (M.A.) in general psychology as well as doctoral (Ph.D.) training in:
In most instances, graduate level study is necessary for individuals who wish to prepare for academic or professional careers in psychology.
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