Dec 19, 2018  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Behavior Analysis Concentration, B.A.


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Dr. Kevin J. Apple, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-6114                                      Email: applekj@jmu.edu
Location: Miller Hall, Room 1120                       Website: http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/undergraduate

Professors
J. Andre, K. Apple, S. Baker, K. Barron, D. Daniel, W. Evans, P. Gibson, M. Hall, C. Harris, N. Kerr Lawrence, S. Lovell, C. Lyons, M. Reis-Bergan, B. Saville, M. Stoloff, T. Zinn

Associate Professors
J. Dyche, D. Holt, J. Irons, K. Jakobsen, J. Kurtz, M. Lee

Assistant Professors
K. Fogler, K. Melchiori, M. Shoup-Knox, D. Szwedo, J. Taft-Young

Lecturer
K. DuVall

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to educate students in, and contribute to, the science of psychology.

Goals

The vision of the Department of Psychology is to sustain and advance a nationally recognized department focused on promoting scientific proficiency within the cross disciplinary field of psychology. To that end, the curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in psychological science that reflects multiple perspectives within the discipline. The hallmarks of our program are learning opportunities that promote the skills necessary to conduct and evaluate research and to interpret findings. The department trains our students to be responsive to emerging trends and apply their knowledge of psychological science as responsible global citizens.

The Department of Psychology is a dynamic contributor to the General Education program and the university community through the delivery of high quality courses and other educational experiences emphasizing psychological science. We also contribute to the M.A. program in psychological science. Our faculty strive to create and implement creative and effective pedagogy, embracing the dual role of teacher/scholar. The department will foster a collegial and collaborative environment within which divergent opinions as well as cultural diversity are respected, valued and promoted.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Active Minds. This organization promotes mental health, awareness and education and works to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
  • Psi Chi. The local chapter of the national honor society in psychology is open to students with a strong interest in psychology and an exceptional academic record.
  • Psychology Club. This club is open to all students with an interest in psychology.
  • Psychology Service Organization. This organization strives to meet the needs of the JMU and local communities by sponsoring and participating in service projects.

Special Admission Requirements

Students interested in completing the intermediate and advanced courses required for the psychology major must meet the department's progression standards and be fully admitted to the major.

Students who meet all of the following criteria will be allowed to change their status from declared to fully admitted and will be permitted to make progress in the psychology major beyond a few preliminary courses. Equivalent courses completed at another university for which the student has earned JMU approved transfer credit are acceptable.

  • Complete PSYC 101. General Psychology, with a grade of "C-" or better. Equivalent courses completed at other institutions that transfer to JMU are acceptable.
  • Complete MATH 220 MATH 205 MATH 231 MATH 235  or another acceptable math course (http://psyc.jmu.edu/ug/mathchart.html) with a grade of "C-" or better. Equivalent courses completed at other institutions that transfer to JMU are acceptable.
  • Complete any one of the following:
  • Complete any General Education Psychology course (PSYC 101   ,PSYC 122  or PSYC 160  ) with a grade of "B" or higher.  Earning a 4 on the AP Psychology exam meets this requirement. With departmental approval, grades from other institutions can fulfill this requirement.
  • Complete an online orientation and application, available from the Department of Psychology website.

Students should apply for full admission to the major when they make the decision to pursue a psychology degree. Admission decisions are made at the end of each semester and during the summer. Students not admitted to the major may reapply the following semester.

Retention

All psychology courses taken must carry a grade of "C-" or better to apply to the major. A psychology course completed with a grade of "D" may be credited toward graduation requirements but may not be included in courses credited toward the psychology major.

Prerequisites

Psychology majors must complete PSYC 101 and two statistics and research methodology courses (PSYC 210-PSYC 211 or PSYC 212-PSYC 213) before enrolling in courses numbered 330 and above. The prerequisites for PSYC 210 and PSYC 212 are any mathematics course numbered 205 or above and PSYC 101. Most psychology courses numbered 330 and above have specific prerequisites. See course listings for details. Non-psychology students may enroll in the 300- and 400-level courses only if they have fulfilled course prerequisites.

Registration and Assessment

During registration, psychology majors will be given priority for course selection. Graduating majors must participate in assessment activities. Assessment information helps the faculty modify the curriculum to meet student needs.

Concentration

Behavior Analysis Concentration

This concentration prepares students for employment with agencies that provide behavior analytic services and/or for pursuing a graduate degree in behavior analysis. This course sequence includes the course work requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) national certification examination.

Degree and Major Requirements


Degree Requirements


Required Courses


  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours
  • Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 44 Credit Hours
  • Electives 18-32 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements


The courses listed below are required of all students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, or any other bachelor's degree program except Bachelor of Science, regardless of whether psychology is their first or second major.

Methodology Core: 8 Credit Hours


PSYC 210  and PSYC 211  are offered every semester; PSYC 212  is offered only during the fall semester; PSYC 213  is offered only during the spring semester.

Choose one of the following sequences:

SS Content Core – Psychology as a Social Science: 9 Credit Hours


Choose at least three of the following:

NS Content Core – Psychology as a Natural Science: 9 Credit Hours


Choose at least three of the following:

Psychology electives: 9 Credit Hours


At least three hours must be at the 400 level

Capstone course: 3 Credit Hours


Prior approval is required for students to enroll in more than one psychology capstone course.

Choose one of the following:

Footnotes


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 Some sections of this course may meet the sociocultural awareness requirement depending on the content; when this course does meet the requirement it will be listed in the notes section of the course listing in MyMadison.

 

Behavior Analysis Concentration


This concentration prepares students for employment with agencies that provide behavior analytic services and/or for pursuing a graduate degree in behavior analysis. This course sequence includes the course work requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) national certification examination.

Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours


Choose one of the following: 3-6 Credit Hours


Total: 15-18 Credit Hours


Footnotes


1 Cannot be taken by students who have completed PSYC 390  or PSYC 480 .
2 Only certain sections will qualify; consult with the concentration coordinator before enrolling.
3 This course will count toward the experience requirements for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) National Certification Examination.

Additional Information


With the assistance of their faculty advisers, students majoring in psychology select their area courses and psychology electives to meet their own individual needs and goals. Within the structure of the program, students may choose the courses of greatest interest to them.

Recommended Schedule for Majors


The following program sample is intended as a guide. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined; however, the semester during which a particular course is taken depends on a number of factors, including readiness to take MATH 220 , the semester the psychology major is started and other majors or minors the student is completing.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their psychology academic adviser to plan their personal course schedule. Because of course sequencing requirements, even with the most compressed program, a minimum of five semesters (or four semesters and summer school) is required to complete the psychology major.

First Year


First Semester


Total: 15 Credit Hours

Second Semester


  • General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, B.S. Psychology Cognate and/or minor program courses 15 Credit Hours
Total: 15 Credit Hours

Second Year


First Semester


Total: 16 Credit Hours

Second Semester


Total: 16 Credit Hours

Third Year


Courses


  • SS content core courses 9 Credit Hours
  • NS content core courses 9 Credit Hours
  • Minor program courses or electives 12 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours


Fourth Year


Courses


  • Psychology Upper level Specialty Content Course 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology 400 level elective 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology capstone course 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology, minor program or elective courses 21 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours


Footnotes


1 A preliminary math course may be suggested after placement examinations. If suggested, the preliminary course should be taken first semester and MATH 220  second semester. Other 200-level mathematics courses may be substituted for MATH 220  . Any MATH course numbered 205 or above is an acceptable prerequisite for the psychology major.

2 Any MATH course numbered 205 or above is a prerequisite for PSYC 210  and PSYC 212 MATH 220  is recommended.

3 PSYC 210  is a prerequisite for PSYC 211 .

4 PSYC 212  is a prerequisite for PSYC 213 .

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