Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Appalachian State University’s Psychology (BS) - Natural Science degree is designed for students interested in going into a number of different health professions. This concentration allows students to take the required science courses for admissions into their desired health professions program.
In this degree, you will have the opportunity to learn from faculty throughout the Department of Psychology who are expert researchers and teachers. Students often participate with faculty in research projects and are encouraged to pursue an internship, two opportunities that offer practical experience.
A vast majority of students pursue an advanced degree in a medical or health profession.
This Bachelor of Science degree requires students to complete psychology class requirements as well as a minimum of 21 hours of courses related to the concentration, and 15 hours of science and math requirements.
The courses are divided into eight main sections:
- Introduction to Discipline classes – 3 credit hours
- Statistics class – 3-4 hours
- Research methods class – 4 credit hours
- Foundations of psychology classes – 12 credit hours
- Doing psychology – 3 credit hours of lab, field work and/or research courses
- Applied psychology – 6 credit hours of classes that cover specific aspects of psychology application including educational, organizational and behavioral psychology
- Capstone course – 3 hours
- Psychology Electives – 6 hours
- Science/Math requirements – 15 hours of math and science courses
The Natural Science concentration requires students to take a minimum of 21 semester hours of classes in the following fields of study: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, statistics, philosophy and/or physics.
A minor is not required, but it is possible to complete with a Natural Science concentration.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- Appalachian State University Chapter of Psi Chi - A chapter the national honor society in psychology sponsored by the American Psychological Association. It is open to students who complete nine hours of psychology course and meet a cumulative GPA requirements.
- Students in the department are involved with research presentation days and competitions through the Council on Undergraduate Research, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- Southeastern Psychological Association - a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA).
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Along with faculty-led study abroad programs, the Department of Psychology offers a study abroad program through Keele University in England.
- The Natural Science concentration prepares students for the specific admissions exams to their health profession.
- Students at both the undergraduate and graduate level participate in research with faculty on a volunteer basis or for academic credit. Each semester, approximately 70-100 students participate in research per semester.
- Students are encouraged to pursue an internship with the help of the department’s internship coordinator.
- The Department of Psychology offers four graduate degrees in clinical, school, experimental psychology, and industrial/organizational-human resources management.
- Scholarships are available through the department.
Number of Students
Approximately 900 undergraduates in the Department of Psychology
Method of Delivery
On campus only
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