Description

The undergraduate degree program in psychology is designed to provide you with educational and research experiences that can prepare you for graduate or professional school in academic psychology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and law—to name a few. The bachelors degree program in psychology can also prepare you for diverse careers in applied fields such as counseling, business, and health and human services. If you plan to major in psychology, we recommend that you meet with our advisors as early as possible to plan a program of study consistent with your interests and goals.

Options in the Major

Students may choose to focus their advanced coursework in ways that meet their specific interests and career goals. All students complete a core set of requirements and can determine, in consultation with faculty and their academic advisor, which specific option to follow. The option will be documented on the final transcript.

Psychological Science Option

The standard option for the major, it provides flexibility for students to explore the breadth of the field and prepares them for a range of careers and graduate or professional schools.

Clinical Science and Human Services Option

Prepares students for careers or graduate or professional schools in a full range of clinical science and human service fields. In addition to the three learning outcomes for the major, students in the Clinical Science and Human Services Option will understand evidence-based principles and practices for improving human health and behavior.

Neuroscience Option

Prepares students for careers or graduate or professional schools in a full range of neuroscience and biomedical fields by combining traditional natural science ancillary coursework with psychology. In addition to the three learning outcomes for the major, students in the Neuroscience Option will understand neuroscientific methods along with principles and theories underlying behavior.
 

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising

Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:

  • Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
  • Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.

While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.

Assigned Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and discipline-specific expertise.

Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

Career Coaching

The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.

Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.

ACE Requirements

 Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.

ACE Student Learning Outcomes
ACE 1: Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements, and no course can be used to fulfill both an ACE outcome and a College Distribution Requirement.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
  • Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  • Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR: Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR: Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR: Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities0-3
Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.
CDR: Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13-32

Language Requirement

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR: Language) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Scientific Base - BS Only

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical, and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.

See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic advisor for a complete list, including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No University of Nebraska–Lincoln C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by the College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework, including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level, in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of psychology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main content areas of psychology, including cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, and social.
  2. Understand the most common research designs and demonstrate ability to locate, understand, and evaluate a published research report.
  3. Generate a research report including the methodology and data analysis used to test an empirical hypothesis.

Major Requirements

Psychology core requirements plus one of the three options: Psychological Science, Clinical Science and Human Services, or Neuroscience.

Core Requirements

required courses 1
PSYC 100Career Planning for Psychology Majors1
PSYC 181Introduction to Psychology4
PSYC 263Introduction to Cognitive Processes3
PSYC 273Brain & Behavior3
PSYC 288The Psychology of Social Behavior3
PSYC 289Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 350Research Methods and Data Analysis4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21
Option
Complete the requirements for one of the three options: Psychological Science, Clinical Science and Human Services, or Neuroscience. See below for specific option requirements.

Psychological Science Option

Advanced Psychology Courses
Select an additional 18 hours of advanced PSYC courses at the 300 or 400 level, including at least 9 hours at the 400 level. 118
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Total Credit Hours18

Clinical Science and Human Services Option

Required Course3
Select one of the following:
Psychology of Diversity
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Racism
Additional Courses15-16
Select five of the following:
Addiction
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology and Law
Health Psychology
Psychology of Family Violence
Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis
Multivariate Research Design and Data Analysis
Motivation and Emotion
Human Sexuality and Society
Clinical Psychology
Child Behavior and Development
Total Credit Hours18-19

Neuroscience Option

Required Courses
Natural Science Foundations
BIOS 206General Genetics4
CHEM 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
or CHEM 113A
CHEM 113L
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I4-5
or PHYS 211 General Physics I
Required Neuroscience
PSYC 465Behavioral Neuroscience3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 23-24
Additional Courses 1
Select four of the following:12-13
Learning and Motivation
Evolution, Behavior and Society
Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis
Multivariate Research Design and Data Analysis
Developmental Biopsychology
Behavior Genetics
Human Memory
Animal Learning & Cognition
Perception
Psychoneuropharmacology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12-13
Total Credit Hours35-37

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Excluding PSYC 100, up to 3 hours of Pass/No Pass credit may be counted toward the major or minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Plan A Minor (18 hours)

PSYC 181Introduction to Psychology4
Select an additional 14 hours of PSYC courses at the 200 level or above, including at least 9 credit hours at the 300 level or above. 114
Total Credit Hours18

Plan B Minor (12 hours)

PSYC 181Introduction to Psychology4
Select at least 8 hours of PSYC courses at the 200 level or above. 18
Total Credit Hours12

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Excluding PSYC 100, up to 3 hours of Pass/No Pass credit may be counted toward the major or minor.

PSYC100
Career Planning for Psychology Majors

Prerequisites: Psychology major or permission

Pass/No pass only. Students should take this course as early in their studies as possible, even if they have not taken PSYC 181.

Description: Survey of careers frequently sought by psychology majors, and recommendations for course work and experience for attaining students' career goals. Includes departmental, college, and university resources of value to students' educational and career objectives, and preparation for graduate study in psychology and related fields.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Pass No Pass

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PSYC181
Introduction to Psychology

Description: Introduction to concepts and research in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and health-related bases of behavior, with emphases on critical thinking, research methods, and integration across areas of psychology.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

PSYC181H
Honors: Introduction to Psychology

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Introduction to concepts and research in the areas of personality, attitudes, emotion, learning, memory, perception, and physiological bases of behavior.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

PSYC189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program. Letter grade only.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

PSYC263
Introduction to Cognitive Processes

Prerequisites: PSYC 181.

Description: Introduction to the psychological processes involved in pattern recognition, memory, human learning, problem solving, language development, verbal communication, and decision making, as viewed from an information processing standpoint.

This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 459

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC273
Brain & Behavior

Prerequisites: PSYC 181

Credit cannot be earned in both PSYC 273 and PSYC 373.

Description: Introduction to concepts and research to understand relations between bodily processes and behavior, with a focus on human brain structure and function.

This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 365; PSYC 456

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

PSYC288
The Psychology of Social Behavior

Description: Social factors influencing the values, attitudes, and behavior of the individual, including language, propaganda leadership, and group identifications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

PSYC289
Developmental Psychology

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or equivalent.

Description: Developmental approaches to human behavior from conception to senescence. Theories, methods, and results of research.

This course is a prerequisite for: EDPS 362; EDPS 457

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC292
Special Topics in Psychology

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PSYC310
Psychology of ImmigrationCrosslisted with ETHN 310

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or permission.

Description: Examines psychological theory and research on the topic of immigration. Includes the impact of immigration on individual development (e.g., socialization, identity formation, acculturation) and family functioning (e.g., intergenerational relations, gender roles).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Groups:CAS Diversity in the US

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC330
Psychology of Diversity

Description: Survey of theory and research on the psychological aspects of ethnicity and racism, gender, sexual orientation, including biological, social, and cultural influences. Causes and nature of prejudice in US society towards minorities and women. Research methods for key topics with these identified groups.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Groups:CAS Diversity in the US
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

PSYC334
Psychology of Environmental SustainabilityCrosslisted with ENVR 334

Description: Applications of psychological principles to understand human transactions with their environments and find behavior-based solutions to environmental problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

PSYC350
Research Methods and Data Analysis

Prerequisites: 10 credit hours in Psychology, including PSYC 181

Description: Presentation of basic designs, methods, and data analysis techniques employed in psychological and behavioral research. Critical review of existing research, development of empirical hypotheses, design of research to test those hypotheses, statistical analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results. Create, perform, and present an individual research project.

This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 459

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PSYC365
Addiction

Prerequisites: PSYC 273

Description: Introduction to factors relevant to substance-related disorders including biological, psychological, social, and clinical. Issues in research, theory and practice are considered.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC368
Learning and Motivation

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or equivalent

Description: Introduction to processes of instrumental and classical conditioning in animals and humans, and to theories of and research on motivation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC370
Evolution, Behavior and Society

Prerequisites: PSYC 181

Description: Application of modern evolutionary theory to contemporary societal problems. Understanding human behaviors such as aggression, parenting and social systems, the role of evolutionary thought in medicine, and evolutionary approaches to cognition and intelligence.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC380
Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or equivalent

Description: Etiology and development of abnormal behavior, including the constitutional, cultural, and experimental factors; the psychological aspects of the psychoses and neuroses.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC387
The Psychology of Personality

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or equivalent.

Description: Introduction to factors influencing personality and its development; the dynamics of personality adjustment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC392
Special Topics in Psychology

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PSYC401
Psychology and Law

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Description: Survey of the relationships between psychology and the law, legal system and legal process. Issues in research, theory, and practice considered.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC421
Psychology of GenderCrosslisted with PSYC 821, WMNS 421, WMNS 821

Prerequisites: 12 hrs PSYC.

Description: Theory and research on the role of gender in human behavior and attitudes. Diverse theoretical positions on the development of gender and the biological, social, and cultural bases that influence the relationship between gender and a variety of areas of human experience (e.g., intelligence and achievement, emotion, relationships, sexuality, physical fitness, stress, and coping).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Groups:CAS Diversity in the US

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC425
Psychology of RacismCrosslisted with ETHN 425, PSYC 825

Prerequisites: PSYC 350.

Description: Major terms and issues in psychology that pertain to race and racism in the United States. General principles of the psychology of racism that are universal. Psychology of the major racial minority groups in the United States examined through their unique cultures, histories, traditions, and collective identities. Research methods for the psychology of racism reviewed as a basis for interpreting research results.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Groups:CAS Diversity in the US

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC428
Health PsychologyCrosslisted with PSYC 828

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing.

Description: The relationship between psychological factors and physical health. Health behavior, health decision-making, health promotion and coping from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC430
Psychology of Family Violence

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Description: Overview of the multiple forms of family violence through a psychological perspective, including child maltreatment (physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment), intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. Scope of the problem, etiology, consequences, intervention, prevention, and current controversies are addressed.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC435
Psychology of Terrorism

Description: Phenomenon of terrorism and related forms of extremist violence, focusing on explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC440
Perspectives in PsychologyCrosslisted with PSYC 840

Prerequisites: 12 hrs psychology including PSYC 350 or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 350

Description: Currently important fundamental issues in psychology, focusing on controversies within the science of psychology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC446
Psychology of Adult Development and AgingCrosslisted with GERO 446, GERO 846

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or GERO 200.

Description: Major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change including their implications for behavior.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC450
Advanced Research Design and Data AnalysisCrosslisted with PSYC 850

Prerequisites: PSYC 350 with a grade of B or better

PSYC 450/850 (usually offered in the fall) and PSYC 451/851 (usually offered in the spring) can be taken in any order.

Description: Presentation of advanced, experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research designs and statistical models employed in psychological and behavioral research. Factorial ANOVA and ANCOVA designs and analysis, with interpretation and presentation of the results in oral, written, and web-based formats. Create, perform, and present an individual research project.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PSYC451
Multivariate Research Design and Data AnalysisCrosslisted with PSYC 851

Prerequisites: PSYC 350 with a grade of B or better

PSYC 450/850 (usually offered in the fall) and PSYC 451/851 (usually offered in the spring) can be taken in any order.

Description: Presentation of multivariate research designs and statistical models employed in psychological and behavioral research. Analysis using multiple regression and linear discriminant function models; interpretation and presentation of the results in oral, written, and web-based formats. Create, perform, and present an individual research project.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PSYC456
Developmental Biopsychology

Prerequisites: PSYC 273

Description: Age-related behavioral changes in humans and other animals using genetic, neural, hormonal, and evolutionary concepts and data. Behavioral systems, such as sexual and parental behaviors, aggression, communication, social affiliation, and cognition.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC458
Behavior GeneticsCrosslisted with PSYC 858

Prerequisites: PSYC 273

Description: Introduction to concepts and research in behavior genetics. The role of heredity in normal and disordered behaviors will be examined, with a special emphasis on the mechanisms by which genetic variation influences individual differences in behavior.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC459
Psychology of Language

Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or equivalent; PSYC 263 and 350.

Description: Introduction to one of the most important human behaviors, language, from the viewpoint of the psychologist.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC460
Human MemoryCrosslisted with PSYC 860

Prerequisites: PSYC 263

Description: Issues in human memory within the context of cognitive psychology: attention; short and long term memory; retrieval processes; semantic memory; how long-term memory is involved in comprehension and knowledge; how emotion affects memory; and the major research paradigms used in the study of memory.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC461
Animal Learning & CognitionCrosslisted with PSYC 861

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Description: Evaluation and discussion of studies in learning and cognition that draws from the research literature with nonhuman animals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC462
Motivation and EmotionCrosslisted with PSYC 862

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Description: Major problems and methods involved in the study of motivation and emotion including theoretical considerations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC463
PerceptionCrosslisted with PSYC 863

Prerequisites: PSYC 263 OR PSYC 273

Description: Analysis and comparison of approaches to the study of current problems in human perception and information processing. Psychophysical judgment, signal detection theory, perception of form and space, and the role of imagery in perception.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC464
PsychoneuropharmacologyCrosslisted with PSYC 864

Prerequisites: PSYC 273 or PSYC 368

Description: Understanding behavioral and psychological phenomena using pharmacological tools. Topics from neurobiology of receptor functioning to the concerted actions of neural mechanisms that are believed to produce such phenomena as fear and anxiety, substance abuse, and neurological disorders.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC465
Behavioral NeuroscienceCrosslisted with BIOS 465, BIOS 865, PSYC 865

Prerequisites: PSYC 273

Description: Relationship of physiological variables to behavior, an introduction to laboratory techniques in neuropsychology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC466
Attention and PerformanceCrosslisted with PSYC 866

Prerequisites: PSYC 263.

Description: Theory and research on human attention and the critical link between attention and performance within the context of cognitive psychology. The influence of various factors on attention (e.g. emotion, video games, cognitive disorders) and how these influence behavior (e.g. eye movements, perception, motor control, search).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC471
Human Sexuality and SocietyCrosslisted with CYAF 471, EDPS 471, SOCI 471, CYAF 871, EDPS 871, PSYC 871, SOCI 871

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

Open to advanced students planning careers in the professions in which knowledge of human behavior and society is important (e.g., helping professions, medicine, law, ministry, education, etc.).

Description: Interdisciplinary approach to the study of human sexuality in terms of the psychological, social, cultural, anthropological, legal, historical, and physical characteristics of individual sexuality and sex in society.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC483
Advanced Social PsychologyCrosslisted with PSYC 883

Prerequisites: PSYC 288

Description: Current problems, methods, and findings in the study of individual behavior as it is influenced by the social environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC486
Clinical PsychologyCrosslisted with PSYC 886

Prerequisites: PSYC 380

Description: Fundamental procedures in clinical practice, a critical evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC489
Child Behavior and DevelopmentCrosslisted with PSYC 889

Prerequisites: PSYC 289 or CYAF 160; PSYC 350 or permission.

Description: Current issues in theory and research in developmental psychology examined (e.g., emotional development, the changing American family, the preschool years, social understanding), along with methods of research in these and other areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PSYC492
Special Topics in Psychology

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PSYC495
Psychology Internship

Prerequisites: Permission.

Students who have secured and internship may request permission to enroll.

Description: Experience within a psychological perspective in a variety of off-campus settings.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PSYC497
Instructional Assistantship

Prerequisites: Permission.

P/N only.

Description: Development as an undergraduate learning assistant in Psychology courses.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PSYC498
Undergraduate Research

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent research or participation in a faculty research initiative.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PSYC499
Undergraduate Thesis

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent work on an undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PSYC499H
Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent work on a thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Psychology - Psychological Science (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
PSYC 181 Core CourseCritical
complete PSYC 181
4hr
C
PSYC 181 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the first term of enrollment. PSYC 181 also fulfills the ACE 6 requirement.

PSYC 100 Core CourseCritical
complete PSYC 100
1hr
C
PSYC 100 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 2
PSYC 263 Core Course
complete PSYC 263
3hr
C
PSYC 263 fulfills the CDR D requirement.

PSYC 288 Core Course
complete PSYC 288
3hr
C

CDR: Writing
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
15 HR TERM 3
PSYC 273 Core Course
complete PSYC 273
3hr
C
PSYC 273 also fulfills the ACE 4 requirement.

PSYC 289 Core Course
complete PSYC 289
3hr
C

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 4
PSYC 350 Core Course
complete PSYC 350
4hr
C
PSYC 350 fulfills the ACE 10 requirement.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
Advanced Psychology
complete Any Psychology Course at the 300 Level*, Any Psychology Course at the 400 Level*
6hr
C
Complete 2 approved 300 or 400 level PSYC courses.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
16 HR TERM 6
Advanced Psychology
complete either Any Psychology Course at the 300 Level* or Any Psychology Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C
Complete an approved 300 or 400 level PSYC courses.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

CDR: Science/Math
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Math or Science discipline with a lab: ASTR, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, CSCE, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, METR, PHYS, STAT (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR: Science Lab
recommend 1 or more courses
1hr
Complete an approved lab associated with a course from a Math or Science discipline: BIOS, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, METR, PHYS (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Advanced Psych-400 Lvl
complete Any Psychology Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C
Complete an approved 400 level PSYC course.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

CDR: Humanities
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Advanced Psych-400 Lvl
complete Any Psychology Course at the 400 Level*
6hr
C
Complete two approved 400 level PSYC courses.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requiremen
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.


Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Understand human interactions and behaviors in multiple environments
  • Evaluate human behavior and explain social phenomena
  • Conduct and present research to large and small groups
  • Develop a strong awareness of self and others
  • Offer empathetic, sensitive, and patient interactions with others
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
  • Define problems and identifying causes
  • Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
  • Understand and utilize a variety of research methodologies

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Youth Specialist, CEDARS - Lincoln NE
  • Corrections Unit Caseworker, Nebraska Department of Corrections - Lincoln NE
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice Community Care - Lincoln NE
  • Foster Care Family Support Services, Larimer Center for Mental Health - Ft. Collins CO
  • Neurobiology Research Assistant, Boys Town National Research Hospital - Omaha NE
  • Enrollment Counselor, Mount Mary College - Yankton SD
  • Director of Talent Sourcing, Gallup - Omaha NE
  • Professional Services Consultant, Cerner Corporation - Kansas City MO
  • Behavioral Health Technician, Boys Town - Omaha NE
  • Reporter, Chicago Tribune - Chicago IL

Internships

  • Child Advocacy Center Intern, Child Advocacy Center - Lincoln NE
  • Human Resources Intern, Integrated Life Choices - Lincoln NE
  • Women's Advocate, Friendship Home - Lincoln NE
  • Legislative Intern, Nebraska Unicameral Legislature - Lincoln NE
  • Community Development Intern, City of La Vista - La Vista NE
  • Victim Witness Intern, Lincoln Police Department - Lincoln NE
  • Public Relations Intern, American Red Cross - Lincoln NE
  • Special Events Intern, National Baseball Hall of Fame - Cooperstown NY
  • Animal Care Intern, Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Center - Louisville NE
  • Sales Intern, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University - Lansing MI
  • Master's Degree, Counseling Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha - Omaha NE
  • Master's Degree, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Emporia State University - Emporia KS
  • Master's Degree, School Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Medical Doctor, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Nebraska College of Law - Lincoln NE
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis MO
  • Master's Degree, Higher Education Administration, Iowa State University - Ames IA
  • Master's Degree, Art Therapy, Notre Dame de Namur - Belmont CA