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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No

Psychology is the science of human and animal behavior. Psychology majors receive a broad science-based liberal arts education. As a result those with a B.S. in psychology are widely sought in business, education and in the mental health fields. For a professional career in psychology a graduate degree is needed.

The psychology curriculum at UF provides the student with a strong background to pursue that career path, as well as an entry into advanced professional schools (e.g., law, medicine, business, education).

The curriculum for the major in psychology curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of psychological knowledge both as a natural science and as a social science. Students interested majoring in psychology should take: PSY 2012; at least one of the 3000 level courses in psychology; STA 2023; BSC 2007, BSC 2008, or BSC 2010; and either MAC 1147 or both MAC 1140 and MAC 1114. For more information contact psychology advising, or refer to the department website.

Critical-Tracking Courses
  • PSY 2012, General Psychology,
  • One additional psychology course,
  • One of the foundation courses listed below,
  • STA 2023,
  • One of BSC 2007, 2008 or 2010, and
  • Either MAC 1147 or both MAC 1140 and MAC 1114.

Course Distribution
  • Introductory level - PSY 2012 or its equivalent. (A score of 3 or above in the AP psychology exam, for example.) A maximum of one additional 2000-level class can be included in the 36-hour total.
  • Foundation level - Students choose a minimum of two courses from each group: Group A: CBH 3003, EAB 3002 or EAB 3764 (but not both to fulfill the Group A requirement), EXP 3104, EXP 3604, PSB 3004 or PSB 3340 (but not both). Group B: CLP 3144, DEP 3053, SOP 3004, PPE 3004.
  • Laboratory courses - Take either the general laboratory PSY 3213L, or one of the following specialized laboratory courses: DEP 4704C, EAB 4022C, EAB 4714C, EAB 4724C, EXP 4174C, EXP 4934C, PPE 4324C, PSB 4104C, SOP 4214C. Students considering continuing in graduate school are strongly encouraged to take one of the specialized laboratory courses. Both the general and a specialized laboratory course may be taken.
  • Choose enough additional courses from the 3000 (including those listed above under Group A and Group B), 4000 or 5000 levels in psychology to meet the 36-hour minimum.
  • Statistics - Two courses in statistics are required: STA 2023 and STA 3024. Grades of C or better are required. STA 2023 is a prerequisite for all 4000/5000-level courses in psychology and should be taken before laboratory courses. STA 3024 should be taken before or concurrently with any specialized psychology laboratory.
  • Mathematics - Achieve proficiency up through pre-calculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (MAC 1147, grade of C or better). The combination of MAC 1114 and MAC 1140 (each with a grade of C or better) may be substituted for MAC 1147.
  • Biological Science - Completion of BSC 2007, 2008 or 2010 is required.
  • It is strongly recommended that majors considering graduate school take PSY 3220, Communicating Psychological Science. This course should be taken rather than the previously recommended ENC 3254, Writing in the Discipline (psychology). PSY 3320 provides important preparation for writing research reports in the required laboratory courses and can also fulfill the second composition course required by the college. The course also enhances application to graduate and professional schools (e.g., writing an effective essay on the application form) and counts toward the psychology major. Students are encouraged to take the course as a junior or first-semester senior. Students who do not meet the prerequisites and need permission of the instructor to take the course should contact the psychology advising office, 135 psychology building.

Majors should examine the Psychology Major Guidebook. Individual sections of the guidebook can be selected or a complete guidebook is available for downloading or printing. All majors are also encouraged to see a psychology adviser in the Psychology Building, Room 135.

Courses: Most of the foundation courses and the general laboratory courses are offered each semester. Special topic and other advanced courses are offered less frequently. Fewer courses, especially laboratory courses, are offered in summer. Descriptions of current courses are available in the Psychology Advising Office.

Individual Work: In addition to regularly scheduled courses, the department offers four individual-work courses on a pass-fail basis: PSY 3912, PSY 4905, PSY 4949 and PSY 4970. Up to nine of these hours will count toward the 36 hours of required psychology courses for the major. In each case, a faculty member or other approved professional serves as a supervisor.

Some of the research and community work opportunities for individual work courses PSY 3912, PSY 4905, PSY 4949 and PSY 4970 may be found on the department's website under "undergraduate program" and "opportunities." For these and other research opportunities, students should contact individual supervisors. For the Community Work, PSY 4949 course, students should visit the Advising Office in room 135 for further information. Forms to register for all of these courses are available in rooms 114 or 135.

Critical-Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.4 UF GPA required
  • Complete MAC 1147 or MAC 1140

Semester 2:

  • 2.6 UF GPA required.
  • Complete at least 1 additional critical-tracking course (PSY 2012, BSC 2007 or BSC 2010, STA 2023). If MAC 1140 is taken in semester 1, MAC 1114 should be taken in semester 2.

Semester 3:

  • 2.7 UF GPA required
  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with a 2.6 GPA on all critical-tracking courses

Semester 4

  • 2.8 UF GPA required
  • Complete STA 2023 with a 2.75 critical-tracking courses

Semester 5:

  • Maintain 2.8 UF GPA
  • Complete 1 additional psychology course (1 of the 3 must be from the foundation courses listed above) with 2.75 GPA on all critical-tracking courses

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry4
Humanities (GE-H)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Foreign language4-5
Total 14-15
Semester 2Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Foreign language3-5
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE-S)3
Total 15-14
Semester 3Credits
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics or
BSC 2008 Biological Sciences: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior or
BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (all GE-B)
Humanities (GE-H)3
Psychology course3
Electives (3 credits of foreign language if 4-3-3 option)6
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
Physical Sciences (GE-P)3
Psychology course3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
Electives 6
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
General or specialized psychology laboratory course (meets CLAS laboratory requirement)3-4
3000-level foundation psychology course3
STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 (GE-M)3
Biological Science (if not met through psychology courses [GE-B])3
Composition (ENC 3254 recommended [GE-C, WR])3
Total 15-16
Semester 6Credits
Foundation psychology courses6
Psychology course (3000 level or above)3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
Foundation psychology course3
PSY 4905 Individual Work (optional) or psychology course at 3000 level or above3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
Psychology course (3000 level or above)3
PSY 4970 Senior Thesis (optional) or psychology course at 3000 level or above3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major)3
Electives 7-6
Total 16-15

Electives : Consider minors in other social, natural or computer sciences and business, etc.