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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 program consists of 182 quarter credits.

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.


College/University Requirements
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.00 credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.00 credits
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion 3.00 credits
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres 3.00 credits
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.00 credits
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience2.00 credits
One of the following Math sequences:
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.00 credits
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.00 credits
OR
MATH 121Calculus I4.00 credits
MATH 122Calculus II4.00 credits
One of the following Science sequences:
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.00 credits
BIO 108Cells, Genetics & Physiology Lab1.00 credits
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.00 credits
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution Lab1.00 credits
OR
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.00 credits
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4.00 credits
PHYS 103General Physics I4.00 credits
PHYS 104General Physics II4.00 credits
Two Literature classes from ENGL 200-499
Two History Electives
Once elective each from Economics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, and Fine Arts

Psychology Courses
Select Two of the following:
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 140Approaches to Personality3.00 credits
PSY 150Introduction to Social Psychology3.00 credits
Required Courses
PSY 212Physiological Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 264Computer-Assisted Data Analysis I3.00 credits
PSY 265Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II 3.00 credits
PSY 280Psychological Research I3.00 credits
PSY 290History and Systems of Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 325Psychology of Learning3.00 credits
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 360Experimental Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 380Psychological Testing and Assessment3.00 credits
Senior Seminar Sequence
PSY 490Psychology Senior Thesis I4.00 credits
PSY 491Psychology Senior Thesis II4.00 credits
PSY 492Psychology Senior Thesis III4.00 credits

Advanced Psychology Electives (Choose 4)
PSY 210Evolutionary Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 213Sensation and Perception3.00 credits
PSY 225Child Psychopathology3.00 credits
PSY 245Sports Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 250Industrial Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 252Death and Dying3.00 credits
PSY 310Drugs & Human Behavior3.00 credits
PSY 322Advanced Developmental Psychology 3.00 credits
PSY 332Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering 3.00 credits
PSY 337Human-Computer Interaction3.00 credits
PSY 342Counseling Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 350Advanced Social Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 355Health Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 356Women's Health Psychology3.00 credits
PSY 410Neuropsychology3.00 credits
PSY 440Advanced Personality Seminar3.00 credits
PSY 442Theories & Practices in Clinical Psychology3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

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 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research - 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 Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion - 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 Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres - 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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UNIV H101 The Drexel Experience - 2.00 credits

This course introduces first year students to university life, his/her major, our community, and Co-op.

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MATH 101 Introduction to Analysis I - 4.00 credits

Covers linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of linear equations; elementary linear programming; matrix algebra; inverse; and mathematics of finance.

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MATH 102 Introduction to Analysis II - 4.00 credits

Covers limits, continuity, derivatives, indefinite and definite integrals, and applications.

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MATH 121 Calculus I - 4.00 credits

Functions, limits and continuity, derivatives, trancendental functions, and applications.

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MATH 122 Calculus II - 4.00 credits

Definite integrals, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, integration techniques, applications of integration, numerical integration and differential equations.

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BIO 107 Cells, Genetics & Physiology - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to provide a topical and interactive introduction to biology for non-majors. Students will learn how trillions of tiny cells of our bodies work together in organ systems to use food for energy, to keep us alive, moving and healthy, and how information passes to subsequent generations. This course is identical to BIO 100.

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BIO 108 Cells, Genetics & Physiology Lab - 1.00 credits

This course is designed to be a companion course to the BIO 107 lecture. Labs are focused on providing students with a hands-on approach to science. Topics include how cells generate energy from food, how certain characteristics are genetically encoded and the physiology of human systems and diseases.

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BIO 109 Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution - 3.00 credits

An interactive course for the non-major that discusses the variety of living things and how we ended up with them and what makes them unique. This course also explores how living things affect each other and the world as well as the impacts that humans have on the living world. This course is identical to BIO 101

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BIO 110 Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution Lab - 1.00 credits

An introductory course that considers from a biological viewpoint environmental issues such as the productivity and energetics of natural ecosystems, nutrient cycling, global warming, acid rain, biological magnification, species conservation, and population dynamics. An environmentally relevant project will be researched and presented. Lectures are supplemented with film(s)/video(s). Offered spring. 3 credits

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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 112 General Chemistry II - 4.00 credits

Introduces organic chemistry. Covers some classes of organic compounds from alkanes to amines, basic reactions of important functional groups, uses of some compounds, stereochemistry, synthetic and natural polymers (carbohydrates, protein, DNA), and briefly acids and bases.

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PHYS 103 General Physics I - 4.00 credits

Algebra-based course that covers force, motion, work, energy properties of matter, and wave motion and sound propagation.

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PHYS 104 General Physics II - 4.00 credits

Algebra-based course that covers electricity and applications, magnetism, and optics.

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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 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 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 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 264 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 265 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II - 3.00 credits

This is a computer-intensive course that instructs students in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include measures of central tendency variability graphing techniques, probability hypotheses testing, t-tests, analysis of variance, regression, correlation, and selected non-parametric techniques. Students are required to create a portfolio of statistical analyses to demonstrate their competence in the use of a variety of descriptive and inferential techniques using the SPSS software package for Windows. This course is required for Psychology and Sociology majors who have priority in registering. Prerequisite: Completion of math competency. Offered fall and spring. 4 credits 4 credits

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PSY 280 Psychological Research I - 3.00 credits


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PSY 290 History and Systems of Psychology - 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 325 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 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 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 380 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 490 Psychology Senior Thesis I - 4.00 credits

Through departmental consultation, students select field sites for first-hand experience in areas of interest. Students are required to keep a written record of activities and experiences and meet bi-weekly with their department liaison. Field experiences require one full day per week participation with a minimum of 15 days per semester. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Pass/fail only. Variable credit; 6 credits maximum.

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PSY 491 Psychology Senior Thesis II - 4.00 credits

An in-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects are selected by students in consultation with a faculty member. The students conduct these projects over the course of three terms in which they take PSY 490, 491, and 492. This is a writing intensive course.

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PSY 492 Psychology Senior Thesis III - 4.00 credits

An in-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects are selected by students in consultation with a faculty member. The students conduct these projects over the course of three terms in which they take PSY 490, 491, and 492. This is a writing intensive course.

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PSY 210 Evolutionary Psychology - 3.00 credits

Presents foundations of child development through adolescence, based on consideration of culture, theories of development, genetics, prenatal influences, bonding, and socialization influences. Emphasis on the impact of role models in establishing relationships, setting limits, and moral development. Three credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered Spring semester.

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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 225 Child Psychopathology - 3.00 credits

This class will focus on the symptoms, etiology, and primary methods of treating common psychological disorders and problems of children and adolescence. The course will focus on diagnosis; assessment; specific therapeutic treatments; ethical issues; and gender, cultural, and developmental differences in symptoms, diagnosis, and response to treatment.

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PSY 245 Sports Psychology - 3.00 credits

Covers sports psychology, which is the science of understanding, modifying, and predicting athletic performance or sports participation. This is a writing intensive course.

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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 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 322 Advanced Developmental Psychology - 3.00 credits

Sensation and perception provides the basis for understanding our thinking and behavior in an ever-changing world. Lecture is complimented by online demonstrations and experiments. The classroom environment will be interactive and students will engage in classroom discussion and participation. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Offered alternate years. 3 credits.

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PSY 332 Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering - 3.00 credits

Discusses ways of designing machines, operations, and work environments so that they match human capacities and limitations.

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PSY 337 Human-Computer Interaction - 3.00 credits

Applies cognitive and experimental psychology to understanding how to improve the design and usability of interactive computing systems.

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PSY 342 Counseling Psychology - 3.00 credits

Second semester topics include univariate and multivariate statistical analyses as they relate to the preparation and interpretation of quantitative research data and the preparation of research reports for journal presentation. Heavy emphasis is given to related computer applications and the completion of a student-authored research study. Prerequisites: Psychology or Sociology introductory and upper-division courses, PSY/SOC 265 or its equivalent. Offered spring. 3 credits

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PSY 350 Advanced Social Psychology - 3.00 credits

The purpose of this course in to increase student proficiency in three major areas. First, this course emphasizes the development of skills to obtain, interpret, and critically evaluate research in psychology and closely related disciplines. Second, current writing standards set by the American Psychological Association (APA) will be presented, practiced, and mastered. Third, emphasis will be placed on appropriately using the psychological literature to construct a written report using APA format. Prerequisites: ENG200, PSY100, PSY250, or concurrently with PSY250. Offered Spring semester.

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PSY 355 Health Psychology - 3.00 credits

Health Psychology is designed to: concentrate on the application of psychological theories and variables to compromising and health enhancing behaviors; demonstrate the psychological management of chronic illness; and the role of psychologists written medical and health settings. For example, it focuses on the effects of stress on the body, the mind-body connection, and how psychology can affect physical well-being.

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PSY 356 Women's Health Psychology - 3.00 credits

Explores the major psychological and behavioral factors influencing health and illness among women. Topics, such as lifecycle challenges (PMS and reproductive health), chronic diseases, and new directions in health promotion are addressed.

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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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PSY 440 Advanced Personality Seminar - 3.00 credits

Examines historical and contemporary trends and methods in personality research and assessment. Students have an opportunity to evaluate strengths and limitations of these trends and methods, as well as develop their own ideas.

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PSY 442 Theories & Practices in Clinical Psychology - 3.00 credits

Provides an overview of clinical psychology theory and practice including professional issues, assessment strategies, and psychotherapy theories. Students have the opportunity to develop their own philosophy of clinical psychology and to apply theories to case examples.

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