Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Pre-Occupational Therapy)

Website: https://twu.edu/psychology-philosophy/undergraduate-programs/

The B.S. in Psychology Pre-Occupational Therapy track is designed to prepare students for advanced degree work in allied health fields such as Occupational Therapy. Prerequisites for admission into the Occupational Therapy Program at TWU are embedded within the degree plan. Please see the graduate catalog for more information about the Occupational Therapy program, including the application process.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Identify and utilize a variety of sources of information to solve problems; be able to apply different methods to collect and analyze data; apply analytical skills to summarize and draw findings from data.
  2. Present ideas in a clear, organized fashion both in writing and oral communication. Develop coherent written and oral arguments.
  3. Professional development skills, including project management and the ability to work in a team; ability to work collaboratively on complex projects; divide complex tasks down and monitor progress to completion; problem solve effectively with group members when obstacles are encountered.

Admissions

Update - Effective August 3, 2021: The Application deadline for each semester is 5:00 p.m. the last day of finals as published on the Registrar’s Calendar. Applications will be processed within three weeks of this deadline. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline and failure to meet this condition will require the applicant to wait until the next semester’s processing-cycle for consideration. Please ensure your application has been submitted successfully by checking your TWU email for a confirmation of submission. If you have not received a confirmation email, please resubmit your application.


All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.  Additional admission requirements for the undergraduate psychology program are as follows:

  1. completion of 45 semester credit hours,
  2. completion of PSY 1013, PSY 1603, PSY 2013, and PSY 2513 with a C or higher,
  3. consistent adherence to the Psychology Program Code of Professional Conduct policy and,
  4. completion of the Psychology Major Application.

Students will initially enter as pre-psychology majors. Acceptance into the Psychology program is contingent upon meeting departmental requirements. Many psychology courses require that students be a Psychology major prior to enrollment.  Therefore, it is important that students complete the departmental admissions process as soon as admission requirements are met. Departmental admission applications are processed on a rolling basis but can take up to four (4) weeks to process dependent on submission time.

Continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon completion of psychology and philosophy coursework with a C or higher and continued adherence to the Psychology Program Code of Professional Conduct policy

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Pre-Occupational Therapy) degree plan. If GPA requirements are not met, students will be moved to the B.S. in Psychology degree plan.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 44 SCH    

Program Code: PSYCH.BS.OT  CIP Code: 42.0101.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

PSY 1603Developmental Psychology3
PSY 2013Professional Development in Psychology3
PSY 2023Social Psychology3
PSY 2133Physiological Psychology3
PSY 2303Applied Statistics3
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 3354Experimental Psychology4
PSY 4013Health Psychology3
PSY 4103
PSY 4101
Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
4
Applied Psychology Electives (Cluster A): 3
Psychology and the Media
Behavior Therapy Laboratory
Introduction to Behavior Therapy
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Positive Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Counseling
Foundations of Family Psychology
Global Perspectives in Psychology
Addiction
Psychology of Health Disparities
Early Field Experiences in Psychology
Senior Seminar in Psychology
Fundamental Psychology (Cluster B): 3
Human Nature
Human Nature
Evolutionary Psychology
Psychological Tests and Measurements
History and Systems of Psychology
The Changing Brain
PSY Electives (2000 level or higher)3
PSY Electives (3000 level or higher)6
Total SCHs44

Departmental Requirements

HS 3033Medical Terminology3
KINS 3623Scientific Foundations of Human Movement3
PHIL 2033Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL 3053Ethics3
or PHIL 3073 Bioethics
or PHIL 3083 Ethics and Feminism
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
WS 3733Psychology of Women3
or PSY 3733 Psychology of Women
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (may be applied from core)
4
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (may be applied from core)
4
ZOOL 3123
ZOOL 3121
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
and Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology Laboratory
4
Elective 4
Total SCHs34

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Math or Wellness CAO Core2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
BIOL 2401
& BIOL 2101
4
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
PSY 1603Developmental Psychology PSYC 23143
Math Core (MATH 1703 recommended)3
PSY 2013Professional Development in Psychology 3
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
BIOL 2402
& BIOL 2102
4
 SCHs 16
Second Year
FallTCCN
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
PHIL 2033Logic and Critical Thinking PHIL 23033
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology PSYC 23203
KINS 3623Scientific Foundations of Human Movement 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
PSY 2023Social Psychology PSYC 23193
PSY 2303Applied Statistics PSYC 23173
HS 3033Medical Terminology 3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
PSY 2133Physiological Psychology PSYC 23303
PSY 3354Experimental Psychology 4
PSY 3733 (recommended for core)Psychology of Women 3
Psychology Elective (2000 level or above)3
 SCHs 13
SpringTCCN
Psychology Elective (3000 level or above)3
Minor or Elective3
3 SCH from Cluster B - Fundamental Psychology Electives3
ZOOL 3123
ZOOL 3121
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
and Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology Laboratory
4
Minor or Elective3
 SCHs 16
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
PSY 4013Health Psychology 3
Psychology Elective (3000 level or higher)3
Minor or Elective3
Minor or Elective3
Minor or Elective3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
PSY 4103
PSY 4101
Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
4
Select one of the following3
Ethics  
Bioethics  
Ethics and Feminism  
3 SCH from Cluster A - Applied Psychology Electives3
Minor or Elective4
 SCHs 14
 Total SCHs:  120

Note: The 3 SCH Global Perspectives graduation requirement must be obtained through core courses, PSY 4183, or elective. Must meet 36 advanced semester credit hour requirement.