Psychological Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is designed to expand your knowledge about the science of Psychology through research, scholarship, and service opportunities.  Psychology is a broad subject that includes the study of how biology and the environment work together to influence human behavior.  The field includes disciplines in developmental, social, cognitive, clinical, counseling, human factor engineering, evolutionary, forensic, health, educational, industrial/organizational, and quantitative psychology.  Upon completion of this program you will have developed a strong knowledge of human behavior and skills in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.  Graduates also possess strong writing skills and the ability to think critically.

You will choose between concentrations in the following areas:

  • General- This option is for an individual who is interested in a variety of options in Psychology.
  • Pre-Clinical- This option is for an individual who is interested in working with mental health populations.
  • Educational-This option is for an individual who is interesting in the learning and cognition side of Psychology.

You can also minor in Neuroscience, by picking up 18 hours. See the minor options listed below.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
Select 8 hours from the following [shared]:
Biology for Science Majors
Biology for Science Majors II
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology II
Fundamentals of Chemistry
College Chemistry I
College Chemistry II
Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography
Physical Geology
Historical Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
College Physics I
College Physics II
Stars and Galaxies
Great Ideas of Physics
Introductory Astronomy I
University Physics I
University Physics II
Select one of the following [shared]:
College Algebra
Contemporary Mathematics I
Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics)
Elementary Statistical Methods
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
Select one of the following [shared]:
Cultural Anthropology
Introductory Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
PSYC 2317Statistical Methods in Psychology 3
PSYC 3301Psychology of Learning3
PSYC 3309 [WI] Writing in Psychology3
PSYC 3435 [WI] Principles of Research for the Behavioral Sciences4
PSYC 4320History of Psychology3
PSYC 4350 [WI] Senior Capstone3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
Sophomore English [shared]
BCIS Elective3
Electives11
Advanced PSYC Elective3
Advanced Electives15
Total Hours99
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
General Psychology
Choose one of the following:3
Life Span Growth & Development
Child Psychology
The Human Lifespan
Child Psychopathology
Choose one of the following:3
Educational Psychology
Human Cognitive Processes
Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management
Psycholinguistics
Choose two of the following courses. (NOTE: At least one MUST be an upper level course)6
Psychology of Adjustment
Biological Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Personality
Psychological Test and Measurement
Choose two of the following:6
Social Psychology
Sport Psychology
Adaptive Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Choose one of the following:3
Neuropsychopharmacology
Animal Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience
Total Hours21
Pre-Clinical Psychology
Choose 21 hours out of the following:21
Psychology of Adjustment
Biological Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management
Neuropsychopharmacology
Child Psychopathology
Psychological Test and Measurement
Behavioral Neuroscience
Special Topics (See advisor for special topics approval)
Total Hours21
Educational Psychology
Choose 21 hours out of the following:21
Child Psychology
Life Span Growth & Development
Social Psychology
Educational Psychology
Human Cognitive Processes
Psycholinguistics
Child Psychopathology
Psychological Test and Measurement
Special Topics (See advisor for special topics approval)
Total Hours21

Minor in Neuroscience of Behavior Learning

Required Courses
NRSC/PSYC 2345Biological Psychology3
Choose one of the following:3
Cell Biology
Neuropsychopharmacology
Choose one of the following:3
Psychology of Learning
Human Cognitive Processes
Choose one of the following:3
Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management
Animal Behavior
NRSC/PSYC 4312Behavioral Neuroscience3
Choose one of the following:3
Undergraduate Research Experience
Special Topics (Pain)
Special Topics (Cognition and Neuropsychology of Pain)
Special Topics (Pain and Pleasure )
Special Topics (Sensation and Perception)
Special Topics (Galapagos Neuroscience )
Or any other upper level psych course (3000 & 4000 level) approved by the neuroscience advisor
Courses cannot count in the student major and minor concurrently.
Total Hours18

Neuroscience Courses

NRSC 2345. Biological Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory course in the biological and neuroscientific basis of behavior with emphasis on how the brain influences behavior. The basic chemical, electrical, and functional components of the nervous system that influence behaviors, cognition, and emotion will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

NRSC 3332. Neuropsychopharmacology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the neuroscientific basis of the effects of drugs on behavior. Emphasis will be placed on major antipsychotic, antianxiety, and antidepressant drugs and their clinical use and side effects. Drug abuse such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 AND 8 hours of lab science.

NRSC 4303. Animal Behavior. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the major areas of animal behavior research from a psychological perspective. Research examining the development and display of behaviors will include subject samples ranging from insects to humans conducted in natural, quasi-experimental, and experimental studies. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 AND 8 hours of lab science.

NRSC 4312. Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys the biological basis of behavior. Includes an in-depth examination of the physical structure of the human body and the role of chemical and electrical operations within it and how it influences psychological functioning. Emphasis will be placed on the developmental, cognitive, affective and behavioral effects of such operations. Recent research will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301, 8 hours of lab science (preferably BIOL).

Psychology Courses

PSYC 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Psychology. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, and in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. Also included will be the development of skills to promote physical and mental health.

PSYC 2301. General Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of psychology, the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes and the variables that influence these processes. Topics covered in the course include motivation, emotions, intelligence, sensory processes, perception, learning, thinking, mental health, and psychotherapy. All psychology majors must earn a C or better in the course.

PSYC 2308. Child Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of children from infancy through adolescence with emphasis on the analysis of behavior based on experimental evidence and contemporary theory.

PSYC 2314. Life Span Growth & Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A lifespan study of the development of human beings from conception to death. The growth and developmental patterns of the eight age groups are studied with attention directed to experimental evidence, case studies, and contemporary theories. May not be counted as part of the professional education component for teacher certification.

PSYC 2315. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of human behavioral and mental processes that permit us to adjust or to meet the demands of a changing physical or psychological environment with an emphasis upon effective personal-social adjustment. Topics covered include social influence, stress, psychological factors and physical health, health-enhancing behaviors, addictive behaviors, methods of coping, gender roles and differences, and interpersonal attraction.

PSYC 2317. Statistical Methods in Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of statistical methods used in psychological research, assessment, and testing. Includes the study of measures of central tendency and variability, statistical inference (including analysis of variance), and correlation and regression as these apply to psychology. All psychology majors must earn a C or better in the course. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and either MATH 1314, MATH 1316, MATH 1332, MATH 1324, MATH 1325, MATH 1342, MATH 2412, or MATH 2413.

PSYC 2319. Social Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to the theories and topics of social psychology. This course emphasizes the effect of social variables upon the behavior of individuals. Topics covered include socialization, language and communication, prejudice, social attitudes, attitude change, aggression, prosocial behavior, and group behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head.

PSYC 2320. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history, causes, and treatments of deviant behavior. Psychological, social, and physiological factors as they relate to the development of abnormal behavior and its subsequent treatment. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head.

PSYC 2345. Biological Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introductory course in the biological and neuroscientific basis of behavior with emphasis on how the brain influences behavior. The basic chemical, electrical, and functional components of the nervous system that influence behaviors, cognition, and emotion will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSYC 3301. Psychology of Learning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An investigation into the major theoretical approaches, concepts and principles, and experimental methods of learning. All psychology majors must earn a C or better in the course. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 - must pass this course with a C or better, or approval of the department head.

PSYC 3303. Educational Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the psychology of learning within educational settings. Topics include theories and research on human development, cognition, learning, and motivation, and their application to the processes of teaching and learning. Issues such as cultural diversity, standardized testing, individual differences, exceptionalities, and the learning environment are also considered.

PSYC 3305. Human Cognitive Processes. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of human cognition and information processing, including perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and problem solving. Also included are the experimental methods and current theories of human cognition. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head.

PSYC 3307. The Human Lifespan. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys development from conception through adulthood with emphasis on social adaptation of individuals and roles in families, groups, and communities. Cognitive, social, personal and biological factors of the stages of development are included.

PSYC 3309. Writing in Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The study of advanced technical communication in psychology. Involves learning and using the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for formal research reports, literature reviews, grant proposals, and professional articles. Also involves learning to write professional psychological reports. Psychology majors must pass the course with a C or better. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 with a C or better.

PSYC 3311. Behavior Analysis and Behavior Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the basic principles and methods of behavior analysis and behavior management techniques. Includes a systematic review of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral methodologies for dealing with human problems such as disruptive behavior, personal adjustment difficulties, behavioral deficits, phobias and fears, developmental disorders, stress and maladaptive behavior in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head.

PSYC 3320. Psycholinguistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course emphasizes the study of language, understanding languages, producing language and speech, language development, and related topics such as reading, language and the brain, linguistic diversity, and universals. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head.

PSYC 3332. Neuropsychopharmacology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the neuroscientific basis of the effects of drugs on behavior. Emphasis will be placed on major antipsychotic, antianxiety, and antidepressant drugs and their clinical use and side effects. Drug abuse such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 AND 8 hours of lab science.

PSYC 3340. Child Psychopathology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will cover psychological disorders affecting children, the ways in which they differ in presentation from childhood to adulthood, and the developmental impact of childhood psychological disorders. The causes, nature, identification, and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders in children will be addressed. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301.

PSYC 3350. Personality. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to personality, which is the unique and relatively stable patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings that make human beings different. Various theoretical approaches - psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, and existential - will be covered and will be related to personality and personality development. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of department head.

PSYC 3360. Sport Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide students with an overview of the theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. Topics to be covered include the history of sport psychology, behavioral principles, anxiety, motivation, leadership, group dynamics, gender, and personality. The course will also be designed to relate these principles to exercise and sport performance. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of department head.

PSYC 3435. Principles of Research for the Behavioral Sciences. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours). [WI]

The study of various research designs used in the behavioral sciences. Includes laboratory exercises to acquaint and give students hands-on experience with experimental procedures and basic and applied research. Experiences are also provided in developing a research proposal, obtaining approval and consent to conduct research, using statistical computer applications, and writing a research report. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research are also considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 3309 and 2317, must earn a C or better in the course.

PSYC 4086. Problems in Psychology. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Independent reading and research on various topics related to Psychology. Entry into the course will be arranged by the director of the Psychology program.

PSYC 4301. Psychological Test and Measurement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to the principles of psychological testing. Includes the use and critical evaluation of tests of achievement, intelligence, aptitude, and personality. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301, MATH 1314 or higher, and PSYC 2317, or approval of the department head.

PSYC 4302. Adaptive Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A consideration of how adaptation has influenced social, cognitive and developmental processes in humans. Comparisons between humans and other species, and between different human cultures will be included. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of the department head.

PSYC 4303. Animal Behavior. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the major areas of animal behavior research from a psychological perspective. Research examining the development and display of behaviors will include subject samples ranging from insects to humans conducted in natural, quasi-experimental, and experimental studies. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 AND 8 hours of lab science.

PSYC 4310. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the basic theories and practices of Industrial/Organizational psychology including selection testing, job analysis, performance appraisal training, employment motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and group processes within organizations. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301 or approval of department head.

PSYC 4312. Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys the biological basis of behavior. Includes an in-depth examination of the physical structure of the human body and the role of chemical and electrical operations within it and how it influences psychological functioning. Emphasis will be placed on the developmental, cognitive, affective and behavioral effects of such operations. Recent research will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 2301, 8 hours of lab science (preferably BIOL), or approval of the department head.

PSYC 4320. History of Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Historical analysis of prescientific psychology including philosophical and physiological roots leading to the development of the early schools of psychological thought to current psychological theoretical positions. All psychology majors must earn a C or better in the course. Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 and PHIL 1301 or approval of department head.

PSYC 4350. Senior Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A focus on the application, integration, and demonstration of knowledge gained throughout psychology major coursework. In this course, students will be expected to demonstrate the following: knowledge base in multiple areas of psychology, knowledge of methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking, ethical and social responsibility, effective written and oral communication, and professional development. All psychology majors must earn a C or better in the course. Prerequisites: PSYC 3435 and 90 hours completed, or permission of the department head.

PSYC 4388. Undergraduate Research Experience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide students the opportunity to engage in research with faculty. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience working in a lab setting, which may include engagement in design, collection, analyzing, interpreting, writing and presenting data. Students must be currently working in a lab and be invited by a faculty member to take this course. Prerequisite: PSYCH 2301.

PSYC 4390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading and research on various topics related to Psychology. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Dr. Jamie Borchardt, Department Head
Tarleton State University
1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, US 76401
254-968-9090
borchardt@tarleton.edu

Professors

  • Robert Newby Ph.D.
  • Kimberly Rynearson Ph.D.

Associate professors

  • Jonali Baruah Ph.D.
  • Jamie Borchardt Psy.D.
  • Kyle Eichas Ph.D.
  • Thomas Faulkenberry Ph.D.

Assistant professors

  • Amber Harris Bozer Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Dias Ph.D.
  • Trina Geye Ph.D.
  • Heather Labansat Ph.D.
  • Man'Dee Mason Ph.D.
  • Stephanie Robertson Ph.D.