College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Psychology, Bachelor of Science

Four Year Progression Plan

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
  • Yuma

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSY101 Introduction To Psychology 3
Description: Surveys the science of psychology, including history of psychology, physiology, development, health, abnormal, learning, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, and intelligence. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSY240 Developmental Psychology 3 PSY240 Notes
Description: Surveys physical, social, and cognitive development from conception through adulthood. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: this course is one of 3 courses that will satisfy the major breadth requirement
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. LIBSTSAS Liberal Studies (SAS) Course 3 LIBSTSAS Notes
Notes: choose 1 course from the approved Science Applied Science courses
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSY230 Intro Statistics In Psychology 4 PSY230 Notes
Description: Basic concepts of statistical analysis and design in psychological research. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((PSY 101 or 101H), Math Foundation Requirement, Liberal Studies Applied and Lab Science Requirement (all with grades of C or better)) or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: It is not possible to substitute any other statistics course for this course
2. PSY255 Intro Cog & Beh Neuroscience 3 PSY255 Notes
Description: Course takes a biological approach to understanding behavior and mental processes; exploring relationships between the nervous system and behavior, and providing a foundation in basic nervous system structure and function. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 101H
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: this course is one of 3 courses that will satisfy the major breadth requirement
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSY260 Cognitive Psychology 3
Description: Research, methods, and theory in human information processing. Topics may include attention, memory, problem solving, and language. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 101H
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: this course is one of 3 courses that will satisfy the major breadth requirement
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4 LIBSTLAB Notes
Notes: choose 1 lecture and the corresponding 1 unit lab course
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PSY227 Introduction To Personality 3
Description: Theories and topics in personality including its development, measurement, research, and behavior-change techniques. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
PSY250 Social Psychology 3
Description: Scientific theory and research on how people think about self and others, influence other people, and form relationships with others. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 101H or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. PSY302W Research Methods In Psychology 4 PSY302W Notes
Description: Introduces scientific methodologies as used in psychological research including projects in conducting research. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((PSY 101 or 101H) and PSY 230 with grades of C or better and English Foundation Requirement with a grade of C or better) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: This course satisfies research methods and Junior Level Writing (JLW) requirement.
a PSY research methods course may be transferred from another institution to meet this requirement BUT it will not satisfy the JLW. See advisor for additional information
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSYDEPTH Psychology Depth 3
2. PSYELECTIVE Psychology Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Students must see an academic advisor before enrollment for the 7th term in preparation for graduation.

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSYELECTIVE Psychology Elective 3
2. PSYDEPTH Psychology Depth 3
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Submit graduation application during 7th term.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSYCAPSTONE Psychology Capstone course 3
2. PSYDEPTH Psychology Depth 3
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

What distinguishes NAU Psychology from other programs at large universities is our commitment to "Integrated Intentional Education" or the integration and infusion of undergraduate and graduate education with scientific inquiry and scholarly work. Students may use a maximum of 6 units of individualized coursework toward this Psychology Degree with prior written approval from a faculty advisor and the department chair in Psychology. Individualized coursework includes the following:  PSY 408C (Field Work 1-12 units maximum), PSY 485 (Undergraduate Research 1-6 units maximum per term and a maximum total of 12 units), PSY 497 (Independent Study 1-6 units maximum) and PSY 466 (Legislative Internship 1-12 units maximum).

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor to discuss career goals as early as possible in the academic career. This will allow students to take any necessary courses outside of Psychology curriculum to develop skills that might be helpful in the students proposed career.

All 41 units required for the major must be earned with a grade of "C" or higher. Of the 41 units required for this major, 15 units must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses. Individualized coursework may not be used to meet this 15-unit upper- division requirement. At least 15 units of the 41-unit major must be from courses offered by NAU not including individualized courses.

You are required to complete a Senior Capstone for your major. There are several capstones to choose from which may have specific pre-requisites. Discuss your choice with an academic advisor early in your academic career.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Psychology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (Bldg. 65) Room 228     
PHONE: 928-523-3063  FAX: 928-523-6777 
WEB Page: http://www.nau.edu/~psych/index.html
Department Chair: Dr. Michelle Miller
EMAIL: Michelle.Miller@nau.edu

Office of Academic Services and Advising
Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (Bldg. 70) Room 114
PHONE: 928-523-6540 FAX: 928-523-7185
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.