2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychological Science (Accelerated) - BS (BS.PSS)

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This program is a three-year accelerated path to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science, for motivated students who want to more quickly prepare for graduate school and careers in psychology. This major is tailored to students interested in pursuing any of the many careers in psychology, including clinical psychology, counseling, school psychology, or experimental psychology. It is designed to prepare students for application to both Masters and PhD programs in these areas, and fills all of the prerequisites for acceptance to the Master of Arts in School Psychology program at Castleton. In addition, it prepares interested students to begin practicing in the mental health field immediately following graduation. This major combines coursework dedicated to understanding and practicing psychological science with opportunities to gain hands-on experience with psychological practitioners and researchers.

Graduates of the accelerated Bachelor of Science program in Psychological Science will be able to meet the following learning goals, which are a combination of field-specific knowledge and application as well as "soft skills" that develop through a strong liberal arts program. These goals are adapted from the American Psychological Association recommendations for undergraduate study in psychology.

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology    

1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

1.2 Use and evaluate theories to explain and predict behavior, including advantages and limitations in the selected frameworks

1.3 Compare, contrast, and critique psychology's major subdisciplines       

1.4 Summarize important aspects of the history of psychology, including key figures, central concerns, and theoretical conflicts           

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking  

2.1 Read and summarize complex ideas, including future directions, from psychological sources and research accurately 

2.2 Identify and develop a comprehensive strategy for locating and using relevant scholarship (e.g. databases, credible journals) to address psychological questions

2.3 Design and conduct complex studies to test a hypothesis based on operational definitions      

2.4 Apply knowledge of research skills necessary to be an informed consumer of research or critic regarding unsupported claims about behavior           

2.5 Evaluate the effectiveness of research methods in addressing a research question          

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World  

3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

3.2 Develop psychology-based strategies to facilitate social change to diminish discriminatory practices  

3.3 Pursue personal opportunities to promote civic, social, and global outcomes that benefit the community       

3.4 Articulate psychology's role in developing, designing, and disseminating public policy

3.5 Seek opportunity to serve others through volunteer service, practica, and apprenticeship experiences

Goal 4: Communication     

4.1 Craft clear and concise written communications to address specific audiences (e.g. lay, peer, professional)     

4.2 Use grammar appropriate to professional standards and conventions (e.g. APA writing style)

4.3 Create coherent and integrated oral arguments based on a review of the pertinent psychological literature       

4.4 Deliver complex presentations within appropriate constraints  

4.5 Interact sensitively with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds and cultural perspectives     

Goal 5: Professional Development

5.1 Recognize the value and application of research and problem-solving skills in providing evidence beyond personal opinion to support proposed solutions        

5.2 Accurately self-assess performance quality by melding external standards and expectations with their own performance criteria      

5.3 Incorporate feedback from educators, mentors, supervisors, and experts to improve performance       

5.4 Collaborate successfully on complex group projects      

5.5 Formulate career plan contingencies based on accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation, and work habits   

To complete the accelerated BS in Psychological Science, students must complete the following coursework:

All required psychology courses must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or better.

And complete the following courses (18 cr):

(Total credits required for the BS in Psychological Science: 47)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Review  the Gen Ed requirements.

Three Year Degree Plan

As this is an accelerated program, students will need to take courses in excess of Castleton's usual course-load.  Click here  to see the order courses should be taken (courses highlighted in green representing requirements for the major).


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