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Robert J.F. Elsner, Chair, Professor
Stephen L. Chew, Professor
Jack W. Berry, Associate Professor
Amanda R. Howard, Assistant Professor
Kimberly H. Wood, Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Programs and Requirements
Psychology Major (B.A.)
Psychology Major (B.S.)
The Department of Psychology offers a major in psychology leading to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree. The department also offers a minor in psychology. Students are required to take at least half of their psychology courses at Samford to earn a major or minor in psychology.
General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements
General Education Distribution Requirements are noted in the individual degree tables. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, see General Education Overview in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses.
For psychology majors pursuing the bachelor of arts degree, the following exceptions and recommendations to the general education requirements apply:
- Natural/Computational Sciences: BIOL 110 (Human Biology) or BIOL 105 (Principles of Biology) is recommended, especially for students planning to take PSYC 308 (Physiological Psychology) . However, neither biology course is a prerequisite for PSYC 308 .
- Social Sciences: PSYC 101 (General Psychology) cannot be used to fulfill the general education social science requirement. It must be fulfilled with a course from a social science field other than psychology.
- Mathematics: Students who need a course to fulfill the general education mathematics requirement are strongly encouraged to take MATH 210 (Elementary Statistics) in preparation for taking PSYC 305 (Statistical Methods in Psychological Research) . Students with a strong high school algebra background should be able to take MATH 210 for their mathematics requirement. Students with weaker math backgrounds should consult with their advisor before taking a general education mathematics course. Students who have already completed their general education mathematics requirement with a course other than MATH 210 , or who are required by another program to fulfill their mathematics requirement with a course other than MATH 210 , are not required to take MATH 210 in addition to the mathematics course they have already taken.
For psychology majors pursuing the bachelor of science degree, the following exceptions and recommendations to the general education requirements apply: