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Online Psychology Degree Program

Curriculum

The curriculum for the BS in Psychology has been designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the field. The BS in Psychology consists of 182 quarter credits in the following areas: university requirements, psychology major requirements and advanced psychology electives required for graduation in conjunction with our Psychology Graduation Checklist. Click here to view the BS in Psychology graduation checklist.

Although some courses from the University catalog are only offered on-campus, the online Psychology program offers all required courses and electives necessary to fulfill graduation requirements in an online format. Course requirements may be satisfied in a number of ways.  For example, AP credit, transfer credit, in-residence courses, or on-line courses.  Not all options for graduation (e.g. Senior Research) may be available solely through on-line learning.  To graduate, a student must have successfully completed the following curriculum outline.  At least 45 credit hours must be obtained with registration in courses offered through Drexel University.   The Undergraduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Psychology certifies all students for graduation and evaluates transcripts, transfer information, course equivalency, and plans of study with the Director.  The Undergraduate Director may approve reasonable adjustments or substitutions to the graduation requirements.


College/University Requirements (60 credits)
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.00 credits
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.00 credits
ENGL 101Expository Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 102Persuasive Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 103Analytical Writing and Reading3.00 credits
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.00 credits
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.00 credits
The following three math courses, or their equivalent (8-9 credits)
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.00 credits
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.00 credits
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.00 credits
Two Literature classes from ENGL 200-499
One of the following Science sequences:
BIO 161General Biology I3.00 credits
BIO 164General Biology Lab I1.00 credits
OR
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.00 credits
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.50 credits
Two History Electives.
Once elective each from Economics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Political Science, and Fine Arts.

Free Electives (56 credits)
Psychology Major Requirements (42 credits)
PSY 101General Psychology I3.00 credits
PSY 140Approaches to Personality3.00 credits
OR
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 150Introduction to Social Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 212Physiological Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 230Psychology of Learning3.00 credits
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 260Psychological Research I3.00 credits
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 340Psychological Testing and Assessment3.00 credits
PSY 360Experimental Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I3.00 credits
PSY 365Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II3.00 credits
PSY 401History Systems Psych3.00 credits

Advanced Psychology Electives (24 credits)
PSY 213Sensation and Perception3.00 credits
PSY 222Psych Probs Modern Youth3.00 credits
PSY 250Industrial Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 252Death and Dying3.00 credits
PSY 254Psychology of Sexual Behavior3.00 credits
PSY 310Drugs & Human Behavior3.00 credits
PSY 320Educational Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 370Forensic Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 410Neuropsychology3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity - 3.00 credits

Examines the diversity that exists in human culture. Uses lectures, films, and discussions to examine and illustrate the relationship between humans and their social/cultural systems.

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CS 161 Introduction to Computing - 3.00 credits

Introduction to the computer as a tool for productivity and communications. Provides fluency in the use of industry-standard software for professional communications and presentations, data analysis, and telecommunication. Introduce automation and programming to enhance the effective use of computers and computer applications.

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ENGL 101 Expository Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write expository academic discourse. Teaches students how to read with understanding; how to access print and technological sources; how to research, plan, draft, revise, and edit academic essays and reports. Requires students to write expository essay and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and study in the course.

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ENGL 102 Persuasive Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write persuasive academic discourse. Teaches students to think and read critically, to evaluate and use print and technological sources effectively, and to present a written argument effectively. Requires students to write persuasive essays and research papers and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and studied in the course.

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ENGL 103 Analytical Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' skills in critical and analytical reading and writing through a study of literature. Teaches students techniques to help them understand and appreciate literature. Requires students to read, analyze, and write essays and research papers about selected works of poetry, drama, and fiction and to keep a journal to express their responses to the literature studied.

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PSCI 100 Introduction to Political Science - 4.00 credits

Studies the political process, which determines who gets what, when, and how in society.

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SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3.00 credits

Examines principles underlying human interaction in simple technological societies, including learning and development of social roles; development and meaning of culture and social organizations; and special institutions in the society, such as the family, class structure, and power structure.

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MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers set theory, coordinate systems and graphs, functions, linear programming (geometric approach), matrices and linear systems, and linear programming (algebraic approach). Required for architecture, business administration, and construction management students. Non-credit for engineering and science students. Fall, Winter.

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MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II - 3.00 credits

Covers counting techniques, probability, statistics, and probability applications. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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MATH 183 Mathematical Analysis III - 3.00 credits

Covers limits, rates of change, derivatives, applications of differentiation, exponential and logarithmic functions, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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BIO 161 General Biology I - 3.00 credits

Covers structure and function of the cell and the organ-system plan of organization of the human body. Fall.

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BIO 164 General Biology Lab I - 1.00 credits

In this course students will perform computer simulations of laboratory exercises related to photosynthesis, enzyme activity and kinetics, the cardiovascular, muscle and bone systems, regulation of human organ systems as well as plant growth and development.

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CHEM 111 General Chemistry I - 4.00 credits

Not open to engineering or science majors. Introduces the principles of general chemistry. Covers SI units, unit factor calculations, states of matter, elements and compounds, energy, atoms, electronic configurations, ionic and covalent bonds, Lewis dot structures, shapes of molecules, chemical equations, stoichiometry, molarity, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, equilibrium between different states of matter, and some colligative properties of solutions.

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CHEM 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1.50 credits

Covers chemical and physical properties and techniques for inorganic, organic, and polymeric compounds, including distillation, crystallization, chromatography, separation.

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PSY 101 General Psychology I - 3.00 credits

Students are introduced to the scientific study of human behavior. Special attention is given to the biological, psychological, and social processes underlying human behavior within the framework of modern psychological research. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits

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PSY 140 Approaches to Personality - 3.00 credits

Discusses the major concepts of Freud, neo-Freudians, behaviorists, humanists, trait theorists, and others. Emphasizes understanding of self and others for psychotherapy and research. Fall.

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PSY 120 Developmental Psychology - 3.00 credits

Examines the nature of developmental processes-perceptual, intellectual, emotional, and social-and the factors influencing and limiting them.

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PSY 150 Introduction to Social Psychology - 3.00 credits

Examines theoretical and research findings in personal experiences of interacting with others in family and group settings, and with society in general.

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PSY 212 Physiological Psychology - 3.00 credits

Reviews neural foundations of behavior, including the study of nerve activity and brain function.

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PSY 230 Psychology of Learning - 3.00 credits

Introduces basic principles of the science of learning. Emphasizes I. P. Pavlov's classical conditioning, B. F. Skinner's operant conditioning, and applications to counseling and therapy.

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PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course applies general principles and theories of development to the adolescent period. Topics include physiological change, cognitive development, social relations, identity, and issues of adolescence. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered Spring semester in odd numbered years.

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PSY 260 Psychological Research I - 3.00 credits

This course provides an introduction to the issues, techniques and methodologies associated with conducting psychological research. Topics to be covered include the logic of research in psychology, important issues in deciding how to study various psychological phenomena, ethical issues and guidelines in conducting psychological research, design and analysis of psychological research, assessing threats to internal and external validity, methods used in the interpretation of psychological data, and writing research reports in the style used by research psychologists.

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PSY 330 Cognitive Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course attempts to apply research from developmental psychology, learning, motivation, personality, and assessment to children and teachers in traditional educational settings. Prerequisite: PSY 320. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits

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PSY 340 Psychological Testing and Assessment - 3.00 credits

Enables the student to gain an understanding of the proper uses and applications of psychological evaluation by focusing on psychometric properties and reviewing selected tests and evaluation procedures commonly employed by psychologists in research and clinical practice.

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PSY 360 Experimental Psychology - 3.00 credits

Provides a study of the basic scientific fundamentals of the experiment with emphasis upon the critical thinking this method represents in establishing psychological principles. Contrasts are made to such modern pseudosciences as parapsychology. A final experiment is required of all students in this course. This is a writing intensive course.

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PSY 364 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers data analysis using a mainframe statistical package covering basic elementary techniques of data reduction, manipulation, and statistical analysis.

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PSY 365 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II - 3.00 credits

Covers more advanced statistical techniques, such as regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and multiple regression.

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PSY 401 History Systems Psych - 3.00 credits

Examines the historical foundations of modern psychology, with emphasis on the growth, contributions, and decline of major systems and theories.

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PSY 213 Sensation and Perception - 3.00 credits

This course provides experiences in small group interaction with an emphasis on developing skills in group participation, leadership, problem solving and decision-making. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of group processes through journal writings and group exercises. Offered each fall and spring. 3 credits

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PSY 222 Psych Probs Modern Youth - 3.00 credits

Examines psychological problem areas frequently encountered by young adults in today's society, including identity crisis, family conflict, the new sexuality, drugs, and the search for intimacy.

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PSY 250 Industrial Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course introduces students to methodology used in the research process, including inductive and deductive reasoning, hypothesis generation, theory formation and analysis of empirically collected data. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered Spring semester.

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PSY 252 Death and Dying - 3.00 credits

Explores death and dying from various perspectives, including the philosophical, psychological, sociocultural, and personal.

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PSY 254 Psychology of Sexual Behavior - 3.00 credits

Examines psychology of the individual coping with the sexual aspects of life.

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PSY 310 Drugs & Human Behavior - 3.00 credits

Social Psychology is the study of how an individual's behaviors, feeling and thoughts are influenced, or determined, by the behaviors and/or characteristics of others. Topics covered each semester include attraction and love, prejudice, attitudes, conformity, atltruistic behaviors, and aggression. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or Junior standing. Offered Fall semester in odd numbered years.

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PSY 320 Educational Psychology - 3.00 credits

Health psychology deals with an understanding of the psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when they do get ill. Topics covered include preventive health behaviors and their modifications, the mind-body relationship, stress and illness, stress reduction, the patient in treatment settings, the management of pain and discomfort, and coping with chronic illness. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered Fall semester.

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PSY 370 Forensic Psychology - 3.00 credits

This course is for upper-level students who wish to learn about the field of abnormal behavior. Topics include: theories of abnormality, its causes and treatment; classification systems and conditions, such as anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, dissociative and somatoform disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance abuse and schizophrenia. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and Junior standing. Offered Spring semester; offered Fall semester in even numbered years.

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PSY 410 Neuropsychology - 3.00 credits

Provides a study of the relationship between human brain function and behavior. Examines basic anatomy of the brain and focuses on principles of human neuropsychological functioning. Studies cortical and higher cognitive functioning in depth through a focus on both normal and brain-injured individuals.

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