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June 2012

Psychology Undergraduate Student Handbook

Table of Contents


This handbook is intended to help you understand and make effective use of the educational opportunities available within the framework of our psychology curriculum. With these opportunities come responsibilities to plan carefully, and to use resources of the University to support development of your personal, academic, and professional objectives. The faculty in the Department are available to assist you in this endeavor.

The primary responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with you. Although this handbook delineates many requirements of the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department, it should not be utilized as a sole source of information to the exclusion of other University publications. You should check the on-line catalog (http://catalog.k-state.edu/) for the current policies.

You should be aware that the educational process is constantly evolving. This may result in periodic changes in curriculum requirements. You are advised that these changes may have an impact upon course prerequisites and course offerings that may affect their program of study. The Department will make every effort to accommodate students who would be adversely affected by such changes. However, you are responsible for informing yourself of changes and determining the impact the changes will have upon your course sequencing and ultimately your graduation date.


Our undergraduate major in psychology is designed to provide you with a broad liberal arts education and an understanding of how psychologists study behavior and what psychologists have learned about behavior. The knowledge and skills you obtain are useful in a wide variety of employment settings and careers. Additional course work and experiences are available if you are interested in advanced study at the graduate level and if you are interested in careers in social services. The minimum requirements for completing a major in psychology are small enough that you could complete the requirements of a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences or a second degree in another college in 4 years with good timely planning.

Psychology is both an academic discipline and a profession. To become a professional psychologist, you will need advanced training. Our undergraduate program in psychology does not train you to become professional psychologists; however, we offer you the opportunity to earn academic credit for participating in research and in supervised field experiences in social service agencies, industry, and government settings.


Many of our graduates seek employment immediately after graduation, and they are successful in a variety of settings: social services, business and industry, and government. The remaining students enter graduate or professional programs in psychology (clinical, industrial/organizational, experimental, school), social work, law, medicine, and so forth. A psychology background allows graduates to compete for a variety of positions that draw upon knowledge and skill in the areas of learning, perception, motivation, memory, personality, and social groups.

While such positions do not require that the person be a psychologist, having a major in psychology provides a background that is useful in many endeavors. Many employers have an interest in hiring people with knowledge and experience in people-oriented activities. For example, K-State psychology graduates now hold such positions as marketing analyst for a motel chain, research assistant for an aircraft company, director of a college admissions office, vice president of a pipe supply company, advertising consultant to a soap company, and parole officer. Students who pursue advanced training in psychology can have careers as professional psychologists. Many psychologists find careers in public service or in private practice. For example, clinical and counseling psychologists may work in a variety of settings, from mental hospitals to community mental health clinics or university counseling centers. School psychologists work toward improving the intellectual, social, and emotional development of school-age children. Industrial psychologists may be employed directly by industrial and business firms, or they may provide consulting services to industry. More recently, psychologists have been included on the staffs of executive and legislative branches of government. Some psychologists teach in universities, community colleges, and high schools. Others have careers in research. Whether in behavioral neuroscience, social psychology, personality, industrial/organizational psychology, cognitive psychology, or human factors psychology, the research may be part of a professional’s role in universities, manufacturing firms, the military, or consulting firms.


Students interested in becoming a psychology major (PSYCH) should submit an application to the Department of Psychology. (These applications are available in the Psychology Department Office, 492 Bluemont Hall). To be come a psychology major, you must:

  • Present evidence of having earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (on a 4 point scale) based on a minimum of 15 credit hours earned at Kansas State University and sophomore standing (a minimum of at least 30 total credit hours, including transfer hours); OR:
  • Present evidence of 60 or more transfer credit hours from another accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.


Incoming First-Year students will be designated as Pre-Psychology majors (PPSY) and will become psychology majors when they complete 30 or more credits at Kansas State University with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Kansas State University students changing majors from other departments or colleges must have 30 hours or more earned at K-State with a minimum GPA of at least 2.5. Those not meeting this requirement will be designated as pre-psychology majors (PPSY) until they do so.

Transfer Students from other institutions of higher learning will be placed into one of two categories:

1) Those with 60 or more transfer credit hours and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 will be accepted as psychology majors (PSYCH).

2) Students with less than 60 transfer hours will be designated as pre-psychology majors (PPSY) until they complete at least 15 hours at K-State with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher and have achieved sophomore standing (30 or more total credit hours including transfer hours).


Both pre-psychology and psychology majors have advisors in the Department of Psychology. Academic advisors are assigned in the Psychology Department Office, 492 Bluemont Hall. Pre-Psychology students will meet with the Pre-Psychology Advisor. While advisors are typically assigned on a random basis, you can request a particular faculty member or a faculty member in a particular area of interest. You may change advisors at any time by informing the office staff of your decision. You should consult regularly with your advisor for academic planning and for career planning or personal matters.


Students entering Kansas State University as of the Fall 2008 semester are required to successfully complete 124 credit hours of required courses in the curriculum. Students can receive either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. With the Bachelor of Arts degree, the student will need to complete the equivalency of 4 semesters in one foreign language. The Bachelor of Science degree has one more quantitative course, one more natural science course, and an international overlay course.


In addition, to the General Requirements for a B.A. or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate major in psychology consists of the following set of required courses:

Catalog Number Title Credit Hours

PSYCH 110 General Psychology 3


PSYCH 115 Honors General Psychology

PSYCH 200 Junior Seminar in Psychology 1

(This class should be taken in the fall semester of your junior year)

STAT 325 Introduction to Statistics 3

(STAT 340, 350, 510, 702 or 703 will also satisfy this requirement)

PSYCH 350 Experimental Methods in Psychology 5

Two of the following four courses: 6

PSYCH 460 Cognitive Psychology (prerequisite is PSYCH 350)

PSYCH 470 Psychobiology (prerequisite is BIOL 198)

PSYCH 475 Principles of Learning (prerequisite is PSYCH 350)

PSYCH 480 Fundamentals of Perception (prerequisite is PSYCH 350)

One of the following courses: 3

PSYCH 605 Advanced Social Psychology (prerequisite is PSYCH 350)

PSYCH 620 Psychology of Personality (prerequisite is PSYCH 350)

Electives in Psychology Department 12


To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a student must fulfill all departmental course requirements and have cumulative GPAs of at least 2.5 in both (a) all psychology courses undertaken at Kansas State University and (b) all course work undertaken at Kansas State University.


The Psychology Department offers a 1 hour Freshman Seminar (PSYCH 100) for incoming freshmen students. This course is not required; however, it is highly recommended for first-year PPSY students right out of high school.

If you are interested in attending graduate school, you should identify the graduate study area as soon as possible. This may affect the courses you take as an undergraduate student. You should consult with your advisor to explore career possibilities and plan for the future.


Students interested in pursuing careers in social services immediately after graduation or in going to graduate school in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy might want to consider our Undergraduate Concentration in Clinical Psychology. Students in this option must satisfy all of the requirements for the psychology major, In addition, the following courses must also be completed (required courses):

PSYCH-505 Abnormal Psychology

PSYCH-559 Psychological Testing

PSYCH-585 Basic Concepts in Clinical Psychology

PSYCH-586 Laboratory in Clinical Concepts

PSYCH-587 Field Placement ( in a social service agency)

Four other courses relevant to the mental health field from psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, education, and human ecology.
The courses outside of psychology can be applied as general electives. The psychology courses can count as psychology electives.


Further information about this option can be found at the following website: http://www.k-state.edu/psych/undergraduate/undergraduate_psych_tech.htm


All students at Kansas State University must complete ENGL 100 Expository Writing I; ENGL 200 Expository Writing II; Public Speaking; and as many as 18 credits of University General Education (UGE) courses. At least 6 credit courses must be at the 300-level or above. Courses in the major will not count toward UGE requirements.

ENGL 100 Expository Writing I.

(ENGL 110, Honors English I, also fulfills this requirement.)

ENGL 200 Expository Writing II.

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or 110 and sophomore standing. ENGL 125 also fulfills this requirement.

COMM 105 or COMM 106 Public Speaking

Students may take either the three-credit COMM 106 or the two-credit COMM 105. Quiz-out is available for advanced students.


All students who receive an undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the following requirements in addition to the special requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees (see below).

HUMANITIES. Four courses are required and they must total a minimum of 11 credit hours. All courses must be 2 or more credit hours. A course cannot be used to satisfy more than one humanities or social science requirement.

FINE ARTS. To ensure some interpretive or expressive competence in a traditional nonliterary mode of artistic expression (one course, or at least two credits).

Anthropology: ANTH 515 Creativity & Culture; ANTH 516 Ethnomusicology; or ANTH 517 African American Music and Culture.

Art: ART 195 Survey of Art History I; ART 196 Survey of Art History II; ART 301 Human Form and Composition; ART 305 Introduction to Museum Studies; ART 400 Computer Imaging; or ART 560 Art for the Exceptional Individual.

Art Technique: ART 200 to 799. Courses may include ART 200 Three Dimensional Design; ART 205 Graphic Design Studio I; ART 210 Drawing II; ART 220 Water Media I; ART 225 Figure Drawing I; ART 230 Sculpture I; ART 235 Printmaking I; and all courses up to 799.

Dance: DANCE 205 Dance as an Art Form; DANCE 323 Modern Dance II; DANCE 324 Modern Dance III; DANCE 325 Ballet II; DANCE 326 Ballet III; DANCE 371 Jazz Dance II; DANCE 399 Honors Seminar; DANCE 459 History of Dance in Its Cultural Setting; or DANCE 520 Principles of Dance Technology.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office: DAS 100 Freshman Seminar; or DAS 450 Honors Colloquium.
Music: MUSIC 100 Music Fundamentals; MUSIC 160 Music Listening Lab; MUSIC 210 Music Theory I; MUSIC 220 Topics in Music; MUSIC 230 Music Theory II; MUSIC 245 Introduction to American Music; MUSIC 250 Introduction to Music; MUSIC 255 Lower Division Performance; or MUSIC 280, 310, 385, 420, 424, 455,480, 570, 601, or 650.

Theatre: THTRE 260 to 799

PHILOSOPHY. To ensure some interpretive or expressive competence in the fundamental conceptual issues of human thought and activity.

Choose any philosophy course except PHILO 110, 320, or 510. Introductory philosophy courses include: PHILO 100 Introduction to Philosophical Problems; PHILO 105 Introduction to Critical Thinking; Casual and Statistical Reasoning; PHILO 115 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion; PHILO 120 Introduction to Philosophy of Art; PHILO 125 Introduction to Philosophy of Science; PHILO 130 Introduction to Moral Philosophy; PHILO 135 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy; PHILO 140 Introduction to Philosophy of the Mind; PHILO 145 Historical Introduction to Philosophy; PHILO 150 Introduction to Philosophy of Feminism; and PHILO 160 Introduction to Philosophy of Law.

WESTERN HERITAGE. To ensure some interpretive or expressive competence regarding the institutions, traditions, and values that shaped Western civilization.

American Ethnic Studies: AMETH 160 Introduction to American Ethnic Studies; AMETH 501 Recitation Leadership; or AMETH 560 Topics in American Ethnic Studies.

Communication Studies: COMM 460 Rhetoric of the Sixties.
English Humanities: ENGL 230 Classical Cultures; ENGL 231 Medieval and Renaissance; ENGL 233 Reformation to Enlightenment; or ENGL 234 Modern.

History: HIST 101 Western Civilization: The Rise of Europe; HIST 102 Western Civilization: The Modern Era; HIST 103 Overseas European Studies; HIST 105 or 106; HIST 251 History of the United States to 1877; HIST 252 History of the United States Since 1877; or HIST 297, 298, 503, 510 – 527, 529, 531, 534, 536, 537, 539, 540, 542, 543, 545, 546, 553 – 557, 565 – 574, 576 – 580, 582 – 585, 587, 588, 593, 596, 597 and 703.

Modern Languages: FREN 514 French Civilization; GRMN 530 German Civilization; SPAN 565 Spanish Civilization; or SPAN 566 Hispanic-American Civilization.Music: MUSIC 245 Introduction to American Music.

Political Science: POLSC 301 Introduction to Political Thought; POLSC 614 Constitutional Law I; POLSC 615 Constitutional Law II; POLSC 661 Political Thought: Classical to Sixteenth Century; POLSC 663 Political Thought: Since the Sixteenth Century; POLSC 667American Political Thought; or POLSC 671, 675 and 799.

Sociology: SOCIO 507 Comparative Political Sociology; or SOCIO 709 Development of Social Thought.

Women’s Studies: WOMST 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies; or WOMST 205, 410, 450, 500, 510, 585 and 610.

LITERARY OR RHETORICAL ARTS. To ensure some interpretive or expressive competence in a traditional literary or rhetorical mode of artistic expression.

Communication Studies: COMM 325 Argumentation and Debate; COMM 330 Rhetoric in Western Thought; COMM 331 Criticism of Public Discourse; COMM 430 Freedom of Speech; COMM 432 The Rhetoric of the American Presidency; COMM 434 Rhetoric and Social Movements; COMM 460 Rhetoric of the Sixties; COMM 480: Intercultural Communication; COMM 725 History of American Public Address; COMM 730 Classical Rhetorical Theory; COMM 732 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory or COMM 733 Rhetorical Criticism.

English: ENGL 230 to 799 except ENGL 300, 400, 415, 430, 435, 476, 490, 499, 516, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 757, or 759. Courses may include: ENGL 230 Classical Cultures; ENGL 231 Medieval and Renaissance; ENGL 233 Reformation to Enlightenment; ENGL 234 Modern; ENGL 251 Introduction to Literature; ENGL 261 British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance; ENGL 262 British Literature: Enlightenment to Modern; ENGL 270 American Literature; ENGL 287 Great Books; ENGL 295 Selected Studies in English; ENGL 315 Cultural Studies; ENGL 320 The Short Story; ENGL 330 The Novel; ENGL 340 Poetry; ENGL 345 Drama; ENGL 350 Introduction to Shakespeare; ENGL 355 Literature for Children; ENGL 361 British Survey I; ENGL 362 British Survey II; ENGL 381 American Survey I; ENGL 382 American Survey II; ENGL 385 Selected American Ethnic Literatures; ENGL 390 Fable and Fantasy; ENGL 395: Topics in English; and up to 799 with listed exceptions.

Modern Languages: FREN 516 Readings in French; FREN 519 Special Studies in French, FREN 520 Introduction to French Literature I; FREN 521 Introduction to French Literature II, FREN 709 to 720, 742 and 799; GRMN 503 German Literature in Translation; GRMN 520 – 522, 529, 721, 729 - 732, 733 – 735, 740 and 799; ITAL520 Special Studies in Italian; LATIN 501 Classical Literature in Translation; MLANG 507 European Literature in Translation; PORT 572 Special Studies in Portuguese; RUSSN 504 Russian Literature in Translation: The Nineteenth Century; RUSSN 508 Russian Literature in Translation: The Soviet Period; RUSSN 551 Russian V; RUSSN 552 Survey of Russian Literature and RUSSN 559 Special Studies in Russian; SPAN 505 Spanish Literature in Translation; SPAN 550: Introduction to Literature in Spanish; SPAN 567 Literature of Spain; SPAN 568 Special Studies in Spanish; and SPAN 730 – 732, 734 – 736, 750 – 752, 755, 771, 779 and 799.

Theatre: THTRE 562 Playwriting; or THTRE 764 Early American Theatre.

Women’s Studies: WOMST 205 Gender, Ethnicity and Class; or WOMST 550 Women and Popular Culture.

*Exception: Students in the Bachelor of Science program who take two courses, or any single course above Level 1, in one foreign language may use these to satisfy the requirements for both Western heritage and for Literary and Rhetorical Arts.

SOCIAL SCIENCES. To acquaint students with the adaptation of scientific method to the analysis of human social systems. Four courses to total a minimum of 12 credit hours. Courses must be taken from at least three disciplines. One course must be 500-level or above or carry a prerequisite in the same department.

Cultural anthropology: any course including archaeology

Economics: any course.

Geography: any course except GEOG 221, 321 or 535.

History: any course.

Mass Communication: MC 110, 111, 396, 466, 531, 612, 710, 715, 720, or 725.

Political Science: any course.

Psychology: any 2 courses. (These courses can also count toward satisfying the requirements of the Psychology major.)

Sociology: any course.

The fourth course may come from the above areas or from:

American Ethnic Studies––AMETH 501.

Anthropology––ANTH 520.

Communication Studies—COMM 323, 326, 425, 435, 526, 720 or 726.

Gerontology––GERON 315, 600 or 615.

Kinesiology––KIN 320, 340, 345 or 435.

Women’s Studies––WOMST 105, 205, 450, 500, 510 or 610.

NATURAL SCIENCES. Three courses, totaling at least 11 credit hours.

LIFE SCIENCE WITH A LAB: To introduce students to the systematic study of organisms and their interrelationships.

Biology: Any course. Introductory courses include: BIOL 198 Principles of Biology; and 201 General Botany.

Biochemistry: BIOCH 265 Introductory Organic & Biochemistry; BIOCH 521 and 522, 755 & 756 or 765 & 766. [Note: these biochemistry courses can count for either this requirement or the Physical Science with a lab requirement (see below), but not both.]

Paleobiology: GEOL 581 Invertebrate Fossils; or GEOL704 Paleoecology.

Physical Anthropology: ANTH 280 Introduction to Physical Anthropology; ANTH 281 Introduction to Physical Anthropology Laboratory; ANTH 680 Survey of Forensic Sciences; ANTH 684 Forensic Medicine and the Investigation of Death; ANTH 688 Paleoanthropology; or ANTH 691, 694 or 695.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE WITH A LAB: To introduce students to the appropriate attitudes and methods that characterize the systematic study of matter and energy.

Biochemistry: BIOCH 265 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry; BIOCH 521 and 522, 755 and 756 or 765 and 766. [Note: these biochemistry courses can count for either this requirement or the Life Science with a lab requirement (see above), but not both.]

Chemistry: Any course. Introductory courses include: CHM 110 General Chemistry; CHM 111 General Chemistry Laboratory; CHM 210 Chemistry I; and 220 Chemical Principles I.

Environmental Geography: GEOG 221 Environmental Geography I; GEOG 321 Environmental Geography II; GEOG 535 Fundamentals of Climatology; or GEOG 735 Topics in Climatology.

Geology: Any course except GEOL 581 or 704. Introductory courses include: GEOL 100 Earth in Action; GEOL 105 Oceanography; GEOL 115 Environmental Geology; GEOL 120 Age of Dinosaurs; and GEOL 125 Natural Disasters. GEOL 103 Geology Laboratory, may be taken after or concurrently with GEOL 100, 102, 105 120 or 125.

Physics: Any course. Introductory courses include: PHYS 101 The Physical World I; PHYS 103 The Physical World I Laboratory; PHYS 106 Concepts of Physics; PHYS 113 General Physics I; and PHYS 115 Descriptive Physics.

LIFE OR PHYSICAL SCIENCE. One additional natural science course selected from the life or physical sciences, with or without a lab. This can be any science course from areas such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental geography, geology, physics or physical anthropology. Also may include:

Biochemistry: BIOCH 110 Biochemistry and Society.

Biology: BIOL 310 Bioethics.

Kinesiology: KIN 220 Biobehavioral Bases of Exercise.

Physics: PHYS 191 Descriptive Astronomy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OVERLAY. Students must complete one course which qualifies as an international studies overlay. To equip students better to become citizens of a world where the most important problems are unavoidably defined in international terms and to understand cultures of the world outside the Western tradition.

Students may satisfy the international studies requirement at the same time they satisfy requirements in the major, in the humanities, or the social sciences. These courses qualify:

Anthropology: ANTH 200 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 204 A General Education Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 220 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology; ANTH 260 Introduction to Archeology; or ANTH 505, 506, 508, 511, 512, 515, 516, 517, 536, 545, 550, 604, 618, 630, 634, 673 or 676.

Economics: ECON 505 South Asian Civilizations; ECON 507 The Japanese Economy; ECON 536 Comparative Economics; SCON 681 International Economics; or ECON 682 Development Economics.

English: ENGL 580 Selected World Literature.

Geography: GEOG 100 World Regional Geography; GEOG 200 Human Geography; GEOG 201 Human Geography (Honors); GEOG 505 South Asian Civilizations; or GEOG 506, 620, 640, 650 or 715.

History: HIST 112 World History from 1450; HIST 250 Russian Culture and Civilization; HIST 303 Latin American History and Civilization; HIST 330 History of East Asian Civilizations; HIST 505 South Asian Civilizations; or HIST 506, 509, 510, 514, 543, 545, 560–562, 576–578, 591–593 or 598.

Journalism and Mass Communications: MC 725 International Mass Communications.

Management: MANGT 690 International Management.

Marketing: MKTG 544 International Marketing.

Modern Languages: Students may use the fourth course in a single foreign language sequence, other than Latin, to satisfy the international studies overlay requirement. Courses may include: ARAB 282; CHINE 202; FREN 213; GRMN 223; ITAL 232; JAPAN 292; PORT 267; RUSSN 250, 252, 504, 508, or 552; SPAN 361; or URDU 274.

Political Science: POLSC 333 World Politics; POLSC 505 South Asian Civilizations; POLSC 511 Contemporary Chinese Politics; POLSC 541 International Relations; POLSC 543 American Foreign Policy; POLSC 545 The Politics of Developing Nations; or POLSC 622, 623, 624, 626, 627, 629, 642, 645, 647, 651–653 or 655.

Sociology: SOCIO 363 Global Problems; SOCIO 505 South Asian Civilizations; SOCIO 507 Comparative Political Sociology; SOCIO 535 Population Dynamics; SOCIO 618 Religion in Culture; or SOCIO 742 Society & Change in South Asia.

Women’s Studies: WOMST 380 Women and Global Social Change; or WOMST 580 Women and Religion.

University general education requirements. As required by the university, students must complete at least 18 credit hours of approved UGE courses, at least 6 credit hours of which must be at the 300 level or above. Except for students in the college’s interdisciplinary majors (humanities, life science, physical science, and social science) courses used for UGE credit may not be in the student’s major field without the approval of the college and the university.

Within the above guidelines, any approved UGE courses offered by any college at Kansas State University may be used to satisfy these requirements. UGE courses approved as basic requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences may be used to satisfy simultaneously both UGE and College of Arts and Sciences basic requirements. You can find the current list of approved UGE courses at http://www.k-state.edu/uge/courses/annotated.htm. This list changes frequently.


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree entails completing additional math and foreign language requirements.

MATHEMATICS. To give students a college-level competence in reasoning

mathematical and analysis.

Choose any course. Introductory courses include: MATH 100 College Algebra; MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry; MATH 160 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics; MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra; MATH 210 Technical Calculus I; MATH 211 Technical Calculus II; and MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE. Bachelor of Arts students must complete a course sequence culminating in a Level 4 class in a single foreign language to bring students to a point at which they are able to proceed on their own to a command of a second language, a necessity for access to international cultures and to much primary and secondary material in many special fields..

Students who want credit for language proficiency should consult with the Department of Modern Languages, which gives proficiency exams. Waiver of the Level I course means only three courses in that same foreign language are required.

Arabic: ARAB 181, 182, 281 and 282.

Chinese: CHINE 101, 102, 201 and 202.

French: FREN 111, 112, 211 and 213.

German: GRMN 121, 122, 221 and 223.

Italian: ITAL 131, 132, 231 and 232.

Japanese: JAPAN 191, 192, 291 and 292.

Latin: LATIN 141, 142, 241 and 242.

Portuguese: PORT 163, 164, 266 and 267.

Russian: RUSSN 151, 152, 251 and 252.

South Asian (Hindi / Urdu): URDU 171, 172, 273 and 274.

Spanish: SPAN 161, 162, 261 and 361.

Note: Conversation courses do not meet the level 4 requirement.


The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree entails completing an advanced natural science course and a quantitative and abstract formal reasoning requirement.

ADVANCED NATURAL SCIENCE CLASS. One course, three credit hours minimum, with a prerequisite in the same department. To give students who elect Bachelor of Science degree an especially solid foundation in the natural sciences. For this requirement, biochemistry courses with a chemistry prerequisite qualify as upper-level courses.

Anthropology: ANTH 680 Survey of Forensic Sciences; ANTH 684 Forensic Medicine and the Investigation of Death; ANTH 688 Paleoanthropology; ANTH 691 Primatology; ANTH 694 Osteology; or ANTH 697 Seminar in Osteology.

Biochemistry: BIOCH 265 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry; or any biochemistry course that lists a chemistry perquisite that the student has completed.

Biology: BIOL 201 Organismic Biology; BIOL 303 Ecology of Environmental Problems; BIOL 320 Economic Botany; BIOL 330 Public Health Biology; or BIOL 340 Structure and Function of the Human Body. (BIOL 340 counts as two science courses, both the “life or physical science” and the “advanced natural science.”)

Biology Lab Practicum: BIOL 365 Practicum in Biology. Students with superior performance in a biology lab course may be eligible to perform a lab assistantship the following semester. If so, a student can enroll in BIOL 365 for at least 3 credit hours and it fulfills the advanced natural science requirement.

Chemistry: CHM 230 Chemistry II; or any chemistry course that lists a chemistry prerequisite that the student has completed.

Environmental Geography: GEOG 321 Environmental Geography II; GEOG 535 Fundamentals of Climatology; or GEOG 735 Topics in Climatology.

Geology: GEOL 102 Earth Through Time; GEOL 305 Earth Resources; or GEOL 500–799.

Kinesiology: KIN 330 Biomechanics; KIN 335 Physiology of Exercise; or KIN 650 Development of Motor Control.

Physics: PHYS 102 The Physical World II; PHYS 114 General Physics II; PHYS 214 Engineering Physics II; PHYS 223 Physics I, Mechanics and Thermodynamics; PHYS 224 Physics II, Electromagnatism and Sound; PHYS 325 Physics III, Relativity and Quantum Physics; or PHYS 451, 452, 460, 495 or 500–799.

Psychology: PSYCH 470 Psychobiology; or PSYCH 480 Fundamentals of Perception and Sensation. (These courses can also count toward satisfying the requirements of the Psychology major.)

QUANTITATIVE AND ABSTRACT FORMAL REASONING: To give students training in a clear, non-ambiguous, simplified language for the efficient transfer and logical analysis of information, a common method for communicating scientific data. Courses that satisfies this requirement may, at the same time, be used to satisfy any major requirement for which it qualifies. You can fulfill this requirement in one of three ways:

1. Three courses, nine credit hours minimum, selected from:

Computer Science: CIS 111 or above. Introductory courses include: CIS 111 Fundamentals of Computer Programming, and CIS 200 Fundamentals of Software Design and Implementation.

Mathematics: MATH 100 level or above. Introductory courses include: MATH 100 College Algebra; MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry; MATH 160 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics; and MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra.

Philosophy: PHILO 110 Introduction to Formal Logic; PHILO 112 Causal and Statistical Reasoning; PHILO 320 Symbolic Logic I; or PHILO 510 Symbolic Logic II. Philosophy 112 may be used for Humanities credit (as mentioned above) or for the Quantitative requirement, but not both.

Statistics: Any course. Introductory courses include: STAT 100 Statistical Literacy in the Age of Information; STAT 325 Introduction to Statistics; STAT 340 Biometrics I; and STAT 350 Business and Economic Statistics I. NOTE: STAT 100 cannot be taken for credit if credit has been received for any other statistics course. STAT 325 cannot be taken for credit if credit has been received for STAT 340 or 350.

2. One course and its Level II prerequisite, selected from:

Geography: GEOG 700 (with a statistics course).
Physics: PHYS 113 (with MATH 150); PHYS 223 (with MATH 221); PHYS 224 (with MATH 221); or PHYS 325 (with MATH 222).

Sociology: SOCIO 520 or 725 (with STAT 330).

Social Work: SOCWK 519 (with STAT 330).

3. Equivalent competency: Competency may be demonstrated by taking two Level II or one Level III course from:

Level II courses (two courses):

Computer Science: CIS 200 Fundamentals of Software Design and Implementation.

Mathematics: MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry; MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra; or MATH 210 Technical Calculus I.

Philosophy: PHILO 510 Symbolic Logic II.

Statistics: STAT 320, 330, 340, 350, 702 or 703.

Level III courses (one course):

Computer Science: CIS 300 Data and Program Structures; or CIS 350.

Mathematics: MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I.

Philosophy: PHILO 701 Topics in Metalogic.

Statistics: STAT 341, 351, 704 or 705.


Academic credit for college-level courses you took at other institutions may be used to satisfy the requirements for your degree, although the grades you obtained in these courses are not used to compute your KSU GPA. Whether and how a course is applied to your degree requirements depends on the course content, how that content matches the content of courses here, and where you took the course. Those courses that have already been identified for transfer are automatically applied to your degree audit report (DARS). For other courses you want to transfer you will have to go to the Kansas State University department where the course may be taught for permission to transfer the course. The Department of Psychology has a form you need to complete for transfer credit for psychology courses. You can facilitate the approval process for transfer credit if you bring a copy of the course syllabus. In the absence of the syllabus bring a copy of the catalog description.


Students should consider with care the consequences of dropping or adding courses. Students should review their academic plans to assess the impact of the proposed change on future semesters.

The College of Arts and Sciences drop/add procedure requires that the drop/add form be approved by the student’s faculty advisor by setting the “flag” in the iSIS program or signing the drop/add form. The drop/add form then must be “stamped” at the Academic Dean’s office in Eisenhower 115. Any course added after the first week of classes also requires permission of the course instructor that now can also be executed through iSIS. Dropping courses after a specific date (the 25th class day) will result in a W being recorded on the transcript, and courses cannot be dropped after another specific date (the 50th class day). Consult the Schedule of Classes for the exact dates applicable to each semester.


You may retake courses in order to improve your grades. Although there is no limit to the number of times a course may be retaken, you can retake a course with subsequent removal of the prior grade from calculation of the grade point average only once for each course, and for a total of five courses during your academic career at Kansas State University. Any grades obtained from retaking courses beyond these limitations will be used in calculating the grade point average along with the original grade; however, a retaken course will count only once toward meeting degree requirements. Courses retaken before fall 1986 will not be used in determining whether five courses have been retaken. If a course is retaken, the original grade is noted as retaken and removed from the grade point average.

Retakes can be accomplished only by re-enrolling in and completing the same numbered K-State resident course. Courses originally taken on a letter grade basis may be retaken on an A/Pass/F basis if appropriate, or if originally taken on an A/Pass/F basis may be retaken on a letter grade basis.

The retake grade will always be used in the grade point average computation regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the original grade. The original course remains on your academic record.

Any course retaken after completion of a bachelor’s degree will not affect the credits or the GPA applied to that degree.

You can find the complete policy at http://catalog.k-state.edu under Enrollment.


The University faculty carefully considers the necessary prerequisite courses for any particular course. As such, students are required to complete successfully all prerequisite courses prior to attempting a course. Students who have not successfully completed prerequisite courses will not be allowed to enroll in the course. In exceptional cases, the instructor can waive the prerequisite.


The grade of Incomplete (I) is given in regular courses (except for theses, dissertations and directed research courses) upon request of the student for personal emergencies that are verifiable. The faculty member has the responsibility to provide written notification to the student of the work required to remove the incomplete. The student has the responsibility to take the initiative in completing the work and is expected to make up the I during the next semester (Fall or Spring) after receiving the grade (except for dissertations and directed research courses). If the student does not make up the I during the next semester after receiving it, a grade may be given by the faculty member without further consultation with the student. If after the end of the next semester the I remains on the record, it will be designated as F (previously IX) for record keeping and will be computed in the student’s GPA, weighted at 0 points per credit. A grade of NR will be treated in a like manner.


The University has set specific policies for new and continuing students for academic warning/dismissal policies.

Students Who Earn Less Than a 1.0 GPA in a Given Semester are considered to have neglected their academic responsibilities. The following policy applies:

1. Any student (freshman or transfer) who earns less than a 1.0 semester GPA in his or her first semester at K-State will be dismissed.  The student will have the option to do the SPARK (Second oPortunity for Academic Refocus at K-State) Program. The Dean of Arts and Sciences Office will send the student a letter outlining steps to take in order to participate in this program.

2. Any continuing student enrolled at K-State not dismissed by university academic standards policies but who earns less than a 1.0 semester GPA will have registration for the next semester withheld subject to review by the academic dean or the dean’s representative(s).

Academic Warning.

1. Students who earn less than a 2.0 K-State semester or cumulative GPA will be placed on academic warning.

2. Students will be automatically taken off academic warning when the cumulative K-State GPA reaches 2.0 in spring or fall end-of-semester grade posting.

Academic Dismissal.

1. Credit hours used to determine the appropriate threshold will include transfer hours accepted, all K-State graded hours, and miscellaneous hours completed.

2. Credit hours used in calculating semester and cumulative grade point averages will include only K-State graded hours. Grades for courses accepted in transfer from another institution will not be used in the grade point average calculation.

3. Students with a K-State cumulative GPA of 1.0 or greater will not be dismissed until they have accumulated at least 20 semester credit hours as defined in item 1. (Exception: A student who earns less than a 1.0 semester GPA in his or her first semester at K-State will be dismissed.)

4. Students must be on academic warning the semester prior to dismissal. (Exception: A student who earns less than a 1.0 semester GPA in his or her first semester at K-State will be dismissed.)

5. Students will be academically dismissed if their K-State cumulative GPA is below the following threshold values:

Total hours accumulated* K-State GPA

20-29 1.50

30-45 1.75

46-60 1.80

61-75 1.85

76-90 1.90

91-105 1.95

greater than 105 2.00

*Defined in item 1 above

6. Students who earn a K-State semester GPA of 2.2 or more on 12 or more graded hours (or the minimum grade point average established by the student’s college, if higher) during the semester in question will not be dismissed.

7. Students who neglect their academic responsibilities may be dismissed at any time on recommendation of the academic dean.

8. Dismissed students will be readmitted only when approved for reinstatement by the academic standards committee of the college the students are attempting to enter. Normally students must wait at least two semesters before being considered for reinstatement and are on academic warning at the time of readmission.

9. Students who have been dismissed or have had their registration withheld will receive a letter providing a contact person and information about reinstatement or enrollment procedures.

Reinstatement. Normally a student must wait at least two semesters before being considered for reinstatement.

A dismissed student will be readmitted only when approved for reinstatement by the academic standards committee of the college the student is attempting to enter; the application for reinstatement must be directed to the academic standards committee.

Students who earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.0 but less than 2.2 on 12 or more credits during the semester they are dismissed can be considered for immediate reinstatement.

The Academic Fresh Start GPA Policy and Academic Forgiveness GPA Policy will enable an undergraduate student to neutralize, in part, the grade impact of prior academic performance. Academic Fresh Start and Academic Forgiveness provide for the computation of an alternative GPA and for the use of that GPA in most academic situations. A student may apply only once, and to only one or the other, and the process cannot be reversed. A student may not apply for either policy until he or she has been reinstated into his or her college. Read the policies in their entirety Academic Fresh Start GPA Policy and Academic Forgiveness GPA Policy at http://www.k-state.edu/registrar/a_r/#GRADING.



Near the middle of each semester, the University starts the process of enrolling students in classes for the next semester. As a means for expediting and coordinating the advising process, the Department will have faculty advisor times available for students to meet for advising before University enrollment begins. Students will need to come to the Psychology Office (Bluemont 492) to sign up for an appointment with their advisor, and follow the specific instructions provided. Online enrollment is not possible until students have met with their advisor and the electronic restriction (flag) has been lifted. Failure to meet with your advisor during the early enrollment period may result in difficulties in scheduling and could delay your graduation.


Some courses offered in the Department may require instructors’ permission for enrolling. These permits will be available at the Department office in Bluemont 492.


Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and will be dealt with as appropriate. For a full description of Academic Conduct, Academic Honesty, and Student Grievance Procedures see the Student Life Handbook that is printed in the Kansas State University Campus Phone Book.


Beginning Fall semester 1999, Kansas State University initiated an honor system based on personal integrity, which is presumed to be a sufficient assurance that in academic matters one’s work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. For details, visit the web site: http://www.ksu.edu/honor.


You must file an application for graduation clearance during the first 4 weeks of the semester in which you expect to graduate (second Friday of June for August graduation). This can be done on-line through iSIS. The application will appear in your “Other Academic...” drop down box in our iSIS Student Center. The application process requires that you read and follow the instructions located at http://www.ksu.edu/isishelp/student/applyForGrad.html You should print and review your DARS or current Academic History Report prior to beginning the application process.

If you do not graduate as scheduled, you must submit a new application.


Students who wish to pursue another degree or minor may enroll in a dual-degree program. In general, the second undergraduate degree may be earned with few or no additional semesters of study.


K-State interactive Student Information System (iSIS) is a world wide web-based data base access program. The URL address is http://isis.k-state.edu and it also can be accessed directly from the University web page. In addition to students being able to access/read their Student Information System records, and update biographical information such as, addresses, name changes, etc., iSIS will allow the faculty and staff to release enrollment “flags” so students can electronically enroll, drop and add. Faculty will also be able to electronically issue “permission” to individual students for enrolling in their classes. However, the release of a student’s enrollment flag must be electronically processed.


1. On the K-State home page (), click on iSIS on the left column (about half way down the column) and log into iSIS.

2. On the main menu, which is called "Self Service," there is a link on the far right the Degree Progress/Graduation heading that says "Degree Progress (DARS)."

3. Click that link and you will be brought to a page that has two tabs: “Request” and “Results.” You will be on the “Request” page.

4a. If under “Run Current Major/s Listed:” it says

Program Major

ASUDG Undergraduate - Pre-Psychology

i. go down to the “What if flag” and click the box to put a check in that box.

ii. Click the magnifying glass next to “What if” plan. The Psychology majors are on the second page, so click the right-facing triangle above the list to get to 101-200 of 263.

iii. Scroll down to

BPSYCH-BA BA - Psychology Major 20

BPSYCH-BS BS - Psychology Major 23

and select the one you want. [Note: a Bachelors of Arts (BA) requires 2 years of a modern language.]

iv. The “What if plan” box should contain one of the two Psychology degrees. Go back up to the top of the page and click "Submit Report." A box will flash briefly to tell you that your request has been submitted. Click OK.

4b. If under “Run Current Major/s Listed:” it says

Program Major

ASUDG BA - Psychology


ASUDG BS - Psychology

Click "Submit Report." A box will flash briefly to tell you that your request has been submitted. Click OK.

5. Click the “Results” tab.

6. Keep clicking on “Refresh” until the name of the “Audit Results” appear. Then click on “View Report” to see your report. The “Printable Audit”is easier to read and print.

p Note: A Regular DARS report shows every course you have taken. This generates the longest report.

An Incomplete Requirements report shows only what you still need to take to complete your degree.

Use your DARS report and the course schedule on the K-State website (click on “Academics” and scroll down to “Course Schedules” and select appropriate semester) to assist you in formulating a tentative schedule for next semester. Make a list of the courses you are interested in taking along with questions you have for your advisor.

Bring your printed DARS report and notes when you meet with your advisor.


1. Go to the K-State homepage (http://www.ksu.edu/)

2. Click on “Academics” (near the top of the homepage)

3. Under “Catalogs and Courses,” click on the semester you want

4. Click on “Course Schedule” to see a list of colleges and their departments

5. Click on any of the departments to see the courses offered during that semester