Psychology

 

Contact Information
Richard Beck, Chair
ACU Box 28011
Abilene, Texas 79699-8011
Chambers Hall, Room 210

 

Phone: 325-674-2310
Fax: 325-674-6968
Email: psycinfo@psyc.acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/psychology

 

Major:Psychology (BS)


Minor:Psychology

 

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Professional Career Track

Faculty
Stephen H. Allison, Professor
Richard Beck, Associate Professor
John H. Casada, Associate Professor
Cherisse Flanagan, Instructor and Director ACU 
                            Psychology Clinic
Billy Jones, Professor
Robert McKelvain, Professor
Larry Norsworthy, Professor
T. Scott Perkins, Professor
Jennifer Shewmaker, Assistant Professor

 

Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog
. Courses offered by the Department of Psychology include those with the following designation: PSYC.



 

The Department of Psychology offers the Bachelor of Science in psychology. A minor in psychology may be added to other majors.

The Master of Science degree is available in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, psychology and school psychology. See the Graduate School section of this catalog. 

Introduction

Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Students have the opportunity to study fundamental principles of human development, learning, personality and physiological psychology. Students also learn concepts and skills in the application of psychology to industrial, clinical, counseling and other work settings.

The major in psychology is intended to prepare students to be effective in:

          • Understanding the history, theories, concepts and ideas of psychology and assessing
             those ideas in light of Christian faith;

          • Synthesizing knowledge, creativity and Christian commitment to fashion solutions
             to problems and take advantage of opportunities;

          • The fundamental helping skills that enhance opportunities for Christian service and will
             provide the foundation for further professional training;

          • Preparation for graduate and professional training.

 

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

PSYCHOLOGY (BS)

BS: PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE PLAN (PSYC)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science

     BIOL 120 Biology: Human Perspective ..................................................................

     Choose from: chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, ANSC 111, ANSC 235,  
          ENVR 112, NUTR 120 ......................................................................................

3

 

3

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020, or higher (except MATH 147) ........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature or

          ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing .....................................................

 

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

     Choose two: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, philosophy,

          political science, sociology (maximum one course per area) ...............................

3

 

6

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Psychology

     PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology ...................................................................

     PSYC 233 Physiological Psychology .......................................................................

     PSYC 241 Cognition and Learning .........................................................................

     PSYC 351 Experimental Psychology ......................................................................
     PSYC 368 Psychological Tests and Measurement ....................................................

     PSYC 370 Social Psychology ................................................................................

     PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology ...........................................................................

     PSYC 451 Statistics in Psychological Research .......................................................

     PSYC 485 Introduction to Counseling ....................................................................

     PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology (writing-intensive course) .....................

     Psychology selections ..........................................................................................

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

4

3

9

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................41
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................31
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.00

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Professional Career Track

The Department of Psychology offers two highly-capable and motivated students the opportunity to participate in the Professional Career Track. The Professional Career Track includes intensive professional mentoring, special summer opportunities in psychological research, and a cross-cultural, international learning experience. Students in the Professional Career Track program may also join the Accelerated Professional Career Track where, by careful scheduling of courses, students have the option to achieve a master’s degree in the four years it usually takes to receive only a bachelor’s degree. For information concerning both the Professional Career Track program  and the Accelerated Career Track program contact Dr. Jeff Wherry in the Department of Psychology. 

 

Minor in Psychology

MINOR: PSYCHOLOGY
General (PSGE)

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

     PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology or

          PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology .....................................................

     PSYC 100-499 ....................................................................................................

     PSYC 300-499 ....................................................................................................

3

 

3

6

6

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18
Child Emphasis (PSCH)

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

     PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology ...................................................................

     PSYC 374 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children ......................................

     PSYC 392 Child Psychology ..................................................................................

     PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology ..........................................................

     PSYC 373 or 376 .................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18
Counseling Related (PSCO)

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

     PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology ...................................................................

     PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology ...........................................................................

     PSYC 388 Teams and Team Leadership .................................................................

     PSYC 485 Introduction to Counseling ....................................................................

     PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology ..........................................................

3
3
3
3
4
3
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................19
Research Oriented (PSRE)

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

     PSYC 233 Physiological Psychology .......................................................................

     PSYC 241 Cognition and Learning .........................................................................

     PSYC 351 Experimental Psychology ......................................................................

     PSYC 368 Psychological Tests and Measurement ....................................................

     PSYC 451 Statistics in Psychological Research .......................................................

     PSYC 493 History of Theories in Psychology ..........................................................

3
3
3
4
3
3
3
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................22


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