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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in psychology in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on September 17, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on November 1, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 9, 2008, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on January 17, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 10, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
As part of the current requirement for a Plan I Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, students must take at least 18 hours of upper division content courses. Those courses are grouped into four areas:
1. The Major: Bachelor of Science in Psychology students are currently required to take at least 18 hours of upper-division psychology courses, grouped into four areas, as part of the 28 hours required for the major, with at least one course taken in each of the four areas:
1. clinical/social psychology;
2. developmental/evolutionary;
3. cognitive/language; and
4. neurological/perception.

The proposed catalog change would regroup the four small areas into the following two medium-sized categories.
1. clinical, social psychology, developmental, evolutionary;
2. cognitive, language, neurological, perception.
Students would be required to take at least six hours (two courses) from each category, with the final minimum total of required upper division hours remaining at 18.
2. Changes to natural science requirements to allow courses above level of courses on list to count for three hours of the 25 required for the degree:
Students in the B.S. program in psychology currently must complete 25 hours of prescribed coursework in the natural sciences. The proposed change in the catalog appears in item 4.d.ii below, which presently restricts selection for the “three additional hours of natural sciences” to the specific courses listed in item 4c. The proposed change would allow them to satisfy the requirement with “courses of a higher level.”

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 312-313

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
1. The rationale for this catalog change is similar to that described in our impact statement for the B.A. catalog changes. That is, the change is designed to allow students greater flexibility in selecting courses that fit their future goals, and to allow faculty to offer a greater range of courses. Proposed changes to our B.A. major in psychology for this catalog will allow for open-ended selection of psychology courses (other than the three prescribed core courses) resulting in a difference in requirements between the B.A. and B.S. majors. This reflects faculty's recognition that our B.S. students need exposure to certain types of courses in addition to the increased science requirements required for the degree. The direction provided by the two-category approach creates a pathway to graduate work and other scientific pursuits. As noted in the B.A. impact statement, there is no reason to direct a student headed for law school to neurological psychology rather than to some other course, but that is not true of a student headed for medical or graduate school.
2. We have some students whose knowledge has advanced beyond the alternatives available to fulfill the natural science requirements. They may, for example, already have a strong background in chemistry. This change allows those students to fulfill their natural science requirement by taking advanced courses rather than introductory courses.
3. Other changes relate to implementation of University core requirements into our degree programs, and we are deleting AREA references and redundancies.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
No.

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Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: April 11, 2007
College: yes Date: September 17, 2007
Dean: yes Date: November 1, 2007


To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.