Developmental Psychology Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outline the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

BA in Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychology

This concentration is designed for students who have a particular interest in child and adolescent psychology. Students who intend to pursue graduate training in Developmental Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology are encouraged to take this concentration. Students seeking licensure in Elementary Education or Special Education may also choose this concentration if they have obtained a passing score on the PRAXIS II licensure exam. It is recommended that the student take this exam at the end of their first year.

Note that all required psychology courses must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Complete the following courses required of all Psychology majors (23 cr):

Code Course Credits

PSY 1012

Introduction to Psychological Science

A survey of a wide variety of topics studied by psychological scientists. The course objective is to introduce students to the terms, concepts and methods of psychological science.

Restrictions This course is equivalent to Introduction to Psychology; students will not receive credit for both courses.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

PSY 1050

Human Growth and Development

A survey of human developmental psychology from the prenatal period to late adulthood. The major focus is on theoretical and practical implications of developmental research for cognitive, personality and social development. Special attention will be given to interactions between maturation and experience.

Every semester

3

PSY 3010

Theories of Personality

Examination of individual differences in human behavior. Heavy emphasis is placed on research findings pertaining to the learning, experiential and cognitive factors contributing to personality development.

Every semester

3

PSY 3040

Cognitive Psychology

Examines research on topics central to cognitive science: perception, attention, memory, thought and language. A cognitive lab will provide hands-on demonstrations of important experiments in cognitive psychology.

Every semester

3

PSY 3151

Psychological Research I

Introduction to the scientific method as applied to behavior. Emphasis is on the development of scientific attitudes as well as the development of the basic research skills of data collection, analysis and interpretation. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement for Psychology majors.

Prerequisite: PSY 1012.

Spring

4

PSY 3152

Psychological Research II

Fosters further development of scientific attitudes and research skills. Student research conducted in PSY 3151 is refined and prepared for publication. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement for Psychology majors.

Prerequisite: PSY 3151.

Fall

4

PSY 3410

Biopsychology

Biopsychology is the study of behavior as driven by the biology of the brain and the structure of the nervous system. Two main objectives of the course are: 1) to appreciate the complexity of sensory capabilities and abilities such as memory, judgment, coordination, and planning, and 2) to gain awareness of the spectrum of brain diseases and consequences of traumatic brain injury.

Every semester

3

and complete these courses for the Concentration in Developmental Psychology (15 cr):

Code Course Credits

PSY 2110

Educational Psychology

Complete at least one of these courses:

An examination of the principles and theories of learning as they apply to the developmental changes of the child. Special emphasis will be placed on how the child learns and ways of producing optimal conditions for childhood learning.

Every semester

3

PSY 2210

Applied Behavior Analysis I

This is a service-learning course. As such, students will learn the content of the course while engaged in service in local schools. The course examines the principles of operant, respondent, and social learning. Emphasis is directed at the application of these principles toward classroom management, behavior change, and self-control.

Fall

3

PSY 3150

Cognitive Development

and complete both of these courses:

Examines systematic research and theory relating to issues in children’s thinking, providing critical appraisals of Piagetian and information processing approaches to perception, language, memory, intelligence and individual differences in thought due to cognitive style, experience and gender.

Spring, odd years

3

PSY 3240

Social Development

Examines systematic research and theory relating to issues in social and personality development, in particular: the development of conceptions of the self, achievement, aggression, altruism and moral development, sex differences and differential effects of familial and extra familial influences.

Spring, even years

3

PSY 3060

Child Psychopathology

and complete at least one of these courses:

An analysis of theory, research, and therapy of psychological disorders of children, including early infantile autism, neurophysiological developmental problems, learning difficulties, developmental retardation, juvenile delinquency, and psycho-physiological disorders.

Fall

3

PSY 3220

Juvenile Delinquency

A social systems approach to the explanation, treatment and control of delinquent behavior. Research and theory from psychology, sociology and anthropology will be emphasized.

Spring

3

PSY 4020

Psychological Testing

and complete at least one of these courses:

Introduction to the theory, development and utility of psychological testing with emphasis on the administration and interpretation of intelligence tests.

Prerequisite: Basic course in Statistics or consent of the instructor.

Spring

3

PSY 4030

Language and Thought

An examination of the “higher” cognitive capacities of humans and other primates. Topics related to language will include speech production, speech recognition, reading and an analysis of the syntactic skills of children and chimpanzees. Topics related to thought will include planning, decision making, problem solving and reasoning.

Fall

3

PSY 4050

Nature and Nurture

This course engages the student in the classic Nature versus Nurture debate in developmental psychology. Students will read classic and contemporary texts and evaluate the relative importance of genetics and environment in the development of children.

Spring, odd years.

3

(Credits required for the major: 38 cr)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Review the Gen Ed requirements.

Code Course Credits

BIO 2011

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Note: These Gen Ed courses are strongly recommended:

An investigation of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. Topics include: the cell, cellular metabolism, tissues, integument, skeletal system, articulations, and muscular and nervous systems.

Lecture and lab.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: Nursing, Physical Education, Natural Science, Psychology or Social Work major or consent of instructor. Previous experience in biology and chemistry (high school or college) is highly recommended.

Fee Lab fee $50.

Fall

4

BIO 2012

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

A continuation of BIO 2011. Topics include the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary and reproductive systems.

Lecture and lab.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: BIO 2011 or consent of instructor.

Fee Lab fee $50.

Spring

4

MAT 2021

Statistics I

This course prepares students for quantitative methods in their respective fields. Descriptive and inferential statistics, including estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation are covered. Basic tools of descriptive statistics, discrete probability, binomial distribution, normal distribution, t-distribution, estimates and sample sizes, hypothesis testing, elementary correlation and regression, contingency tables are explored. Students utilize graphing calculators and spreadsheet software on a regular basis.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: Students must take a math assessment (ACCUPLACER) for placement purposes prior to registration or MAT 1010.

Every semester

3

MAT 2022

Statistics II

This course is a continuation of MAT 2021 and includes estimation, hypothesis testing, single linear regression, and one-way analysis of variance using calculators and statistical software. This course addresses in-depth such topics as the Central Limit Theorem, Chebyshev's theorem, covariance, multiple regression, ANOVA, nonparametric methods, and applications of probability distributions. It includes problems dealing with multiple linear regression, multi-way analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics, enumerative data, and computer applications. Students utilize graphing calculators and spreadsheet software on a regular basis.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MAT 2021

Every semester

3