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Department of Psychology

B.A. in Psychology, Sport Psychology Concentration

Beginning Fall 2016

Admission criteria for the B.A. in Psychology (reference number 760) are

  • a minimum composite ACT of 20 (or equivalent SAT) OR
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 after 30 plus hours.

This concentration will involve focusing your choices in the major on Sport Psychology relevant courses and adding additional courses from other departments for a more comprehensive exposure to the field. No additional major or minor needed. It is of particular interest to those wanting

  • to understand how psychology and sports interact and/or
  • to pursue a career in Sport Psychology, Exercise Psychology, or Performance Coaching.
  • to conduct research in this area.

The Sport Psychology Concentration (B.A.) requires a minimum of 53 non-duplicated semester hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree. 

Required core courses (13 hours):

  • PSY or PSYS 100 Introduction to Psychology (Grade of C or better)
  • PSY or PSYS 210 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY or PSYS 211 Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • PSY or PSYS 313 Statistics in Psychology
  • PSY or PSYS 481 History of Psychology

Applied Development and Behavior  (3 credit hours; Select one):

  • PSY 220 Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 422 Adolescent Psychology
  • FACS 191 Child Development
  • GERO 100 Introduction to the Aging Experience

Foundations of Behavior (3 credit hours; Select one)

  • PSY 331 Psychology of Learning. [Note PsyS 331 Principles of Human and Animal Learning does not count toward our Foundations area as of Fall 2015.]
  • PSY 412 Psychology of Motivation & Emotion
  • PSY 436 Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYS 333 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYS 363 Psychology of Sensation & Perception
  • PSYS 450 Psychology of Personality

Group Behavior (3 credit hours; Select one)

  • PSY or PSYS 350 Social Psychology
  • PSY 355 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSY 371 The Psychology of Sales Behavior
  • PSY 470 Psychology & Law
  • PSYS 370 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Behavioral Change (3 credit hours; Select one)

  • PSY 340 Sport Psychology
  • PSY or PSYS 440 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 442 Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing
  • PSY 443 Behavior Modification
  • PSY 445 Introduction to Clinical and School Psychology

Required Psychology Concentration Courses  (9 credit hours):

Concentration Courses may not be counted as category courses. 

  • PSY 340 Sport Psychology
  • PSY 412 Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
  • PSY 440 Abnormal Psychology 

Required Courses from Other Departments (19 credit hours):

  • BIOL 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4 cr.); Colonnade E-NS with lab
  • PE 122 Foundations of Kinesiology
  • PE 311 Exercise Physiology
  • PE 313 Motor Development
  • HMD 211 Human Nutrition; Colonnade K-SC
  • HMD 364 Sports Nutrition

MATH 183, PHIL 215, or other mathematics courses (excluding  MATH 109) that satisfy the Colonnade Quantitative Reasoning requirement must also be completed.

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