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Undergraduate Curricula

What Every Psych Major Should Know


Courses and Prerequisites

 

 

 

     

 

 
BA and BS Curricula

There are two basic curricula of psychology, the BA and BS programs. Since its conception, both have undergone several revisions. There have been cases of students finding themselves following outdated versions of these curricula. The curriculum one ought to follow depends on one’s year of admission in the psychology program, either as an entering freshman, as a shiftee, or as a transferee. All students admitted from 1992 onwards follow the curriculum which says "Effective Academic Year 1992-93." A copy of each curriculum is provided below.

There is no official Psychology Pre-Med or Industrial Psychology curricula. However, students may pursue their particular sub-area of interest by means of the electives. For example, more science electives for one preparing for medical school (required subjects depending on the medical school of his choice); political science electives for those with an interest in government; education courses for those interested in education, humanities subjects for those with an interest in the arts; and social science electives for those with general or specific interests in the social sciences. There may be prerequisites for these electives that students have to take. If these prerequisites (or any course for that matter) are not in the Psychology curricula and the allowed number of electives have been used up, students will not be allowed to take them unless they are in their last semester and they are under loaded. The allowable elective courses are stated in the BA and BS curricula given below.

 
 
       
   
BA Psychology Curriculum

Revised Effective First Semester 1992-93*
 
First Year
KomI/Com I
Philosophy I
History I
Math II (a)
Language Elective*
3
3
3
3
3
(15)
 
  Kom II/Com II
Soc Sci I
Psych 101
Math 14 (a)
History II
3
3
3
3
3
(15)
 
Second Year
Psychology 108*
Hum I
Psychology 110
Free Elective
Com III
3
3
5
5
3
(19)
 
  Social Science II
Natural Science II*
Psychology 115
Chemistry 16*
Hum II
3
3
5
5
3
(19)
 
Third Year
Psychology 118
Psychology 150
Socio 101 / Anthro I
Language Elective
Nat Sci II / Geology 11*
Math 100 (b)
5
3
3
3
3
5
(19)
 
  Psychology 155
Psychology 162
Biology 11
Elective (c)
Psychology 140
3
4
5
3
3
(19)
Fourth Year
STS
Psychology 145
Psychology 160
P.I. 100
Elective (c)
Elective (c)
3
3
4
3
3
3
(19)
 
  Psychology 135
Psychology 171
Psychology 180
Philo 160 / 171
Elective (c)
Elective (c)
4
3
3
3
3
3
(19)
 
 
Total Number of Units: 145

a - Math 17 may be taken in lieu of Math 11 and 14
b - Math 52 and 102; or 53 and 54 are substitutable
c - Courses may be taken from the offerings of any of the under graduate departments of the Universoty (except Math 1 from the College of Science)
* Approved by the University Council Meeting on December 14, 1991.
** The change in the same sequence of Soc. Sci 1 and Hum 1 has not yet been approved by the University Council.

 

 
       
   
BS Psychology Curriculum

Revised Effective First Semester 1992-93*

 
First Year
Kom I / Com I
Philosophy I
History II
Math 17 (a)
Language Elective*
3
3
3
5
3
(17)
 
  Soc Sci I
Kom II/Com II
Psychology 101
Chemistry 16
History II
3
3
3
5
3
(17)
 
Second Year
Psychology 108*
Hum I
Psychology 110
Free Elective
Com III
3
3
5
3
3
(17)
 
  Social Science II
Natural Science I*
Psychology 115
Math 100 (b)
Hum II
3
3
5
4
3
(18)
 
Third Year
Psychology 118
Psychology 150
Language Elective*
Biology 11*
Nat. Sci II/Geology 11*
5
3
3
5
3
(19)
 
  Psychology 155
Psychology 162
Biology 12
Psychology 140
Science Elective (c)
3
4
5
3
3
(18)
 
Fourth Year
STS
Psychology 145
Psychology 160
P.I. 100
Biology
3
3
4
3
5
(18)
 
  Psychology 135
Psychology 171
Psychology 180
Science Elective (c)
Science Elective (c)
4
3
3
3
3
(16)
 
 
Total Number of Units: 140

a - Math 11 and 14 may be taken in lieu of Math 17
b - Math 52 and 102; or 53 and 54 are substitutable
c - Courses may be taken from the offerings of the different science departments (except Math 1 from the College of Science)
* Approved by the University Council Meeting on December 14, 1991.
** The change in the sequence of Soc. Sci 1 and Hum. 1 has not yet been approved by the University Council.

 

 
       
   
Sequence of Courses


Students should stick as closely as possible to the sequence of courses as recommended in the curriculum, most especially for the psychology courses. After taking Psych 101 followed by Psych 110, students should take the method courses as early as possible in close sequence to one another. It is not advisable to take two method courses in one semester because of the work demanded by these courses. Psych 162 should be taken soon after Psych 140. Psych 108 and 150 may be taken at the same time as Psych 115, 118 or 162. Psych 135, 140, 145, 150, 155 and 160 may be taken anytime during the third and fourth years of the students. Psych 171 and 180, however, require senior standing.
 
 
       
   
Taking Electives and Subjects not in the Curriculum

Electives are included in the curriculum, in addition to the psychology and General Education (GE) courses, in order to provide students with a well-rounded education. Language electives (6 units) may be taken from the course offering of the Department of European Languages and/or the Department of Linguistics (Asian Languages).

A total of 20 units of free electives are required in the BA curriculum and 12 electives (3 units of free electives and 9 units of science electives) in the BS curriculum. Free electives may be taken from the course offerings of any of the undergraduate departments of the University (except Math 1 from the College of Science). BA psychology students may concentrate their electives in one department of their choice or may take electives in various departments and/or colleges. On the other hand, BS Psychology students are required to take 9 units of Science electives from any of the following:

1.  all course offerings of the College of Science except Math 1
2.  Statistical Science from Stat Center except Stat 101
3.  Health Science form Public Health
4.  Nutritional Science or Computer Science from the College of Engineering

Students are not allowed to take any course which is not in their curriculum, or to arbitrarily take a subject presuming that it can be substituted for a required course. Taking Chemistry 10, for example, when the required course is Chemistry 16 is not allowed. Students who have strong grounds for taking a course which is not in their curriculum must obtain a written permission (in the form of an advising slip or separate letter) from their advisers. Such students will be required to present this written permission during evaluation of their records in preparation for graduation.

 
 
       
     
Courses and Prerequisites


Psychology 101: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
The empirical and conceptual foundations of psychology in its main fields. Primarily for students who desire an intensive preparation for the more advanced courses in psychology. For majors and upper-classmen of other departments.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit

Psychology 108: FILIPINO PSYCHOLOGY
A study of the meaning of Filipino Psychology and its philosophy as a science; the indigenous perspective in research methodology and the use of Filipino Psychology.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 101

Psychology 110: PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
Statistical techniques in the design, analysis and interpretation of psychological studies.
7 hours a week (4 lect; 3 lab); 5 units credit
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 & Math 11 or 17

Psychology 115: EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
A method course to familiarize students with the methods of science in the treatment and invetigation of human problems; principles of experimental inference; experimental design in behavior research and the ethics involved in laboratory research.
9 hours a week (3 lect; 6 lab); 5 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 110

Psychology 118: FIELD METHOD IN PSYCHOLOGY
The principles and practice of psychological research in natural environment, including systematic observation, unobtrusive measures, interviewing and field experiments.
9 hours a week (3 lect; 6 lab); 5 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 110

Psychology 135: PERCEPTION
Principles of perception and the major sensory processess; research and measurement.
9 hours a week (3 lect, 6 lab); 5 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 110

Psychology 139: ETHOLOGY
The comparative study of animal behavior as emitted in their natural habitat.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Psych 101 and 118 or written consent of instructor

Psychology 140: PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING
A study of elementary principles of behavior derived from experimental studies in the laboratory and fundamental positions and consequent empirical findings about human and animal learning processes.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and at least sophomore standing

Psychology 145: PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
Pag-aaral ng sikolohiya sa pamamagitan ng masusing pagtingin sa wika; pagsusuri sa mga paraan kung paanong sinasalamin ng literatura at ng mga kaasalang berbal at di-berbal ang lipunan at pagkatao; pag-aaral ng akwisisyon, pagkatuto at pagsulong ng wika.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 101

Psychology 148: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 101

Psychology 150: PERSONALITY
Systematic approaches to the understanding of personality formation and dynamics.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Psych 101

Psychology 155: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Introduction to abnormal psychology; major schools of psychology, namely: Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism, Humanism, Transcultural, Transpersonal and Filipino Psychology, in both theory and therapy.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and 150

Psychology 160: PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Basic principles of physiological psychology which deal with the biology and phisiology of behavior.
6 hours a week (3 lect; 3 lab); 4 units credit
Prerequisites: Psychology 115, Bio 11, Chem 16 and senior standing

Psychology 162: PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
Orientation into the rudiments of psychological testing and evaluation with emphasis on reliability and validity, and test development.
6 hours a week (3 lect; 3 lab); 4 units credit
Prerequisite: Psychology 115

Psychology 171: CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
A systematic study of the behavior of normal children with emphasis on socialization and personality, particularly in the Filipino setting.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Senior standing

Psychology 180: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Investigation of group behavior, emotions, motivation and personality dynamics in social learning and perception in small groups and in cultural contexts.
3 hours a week (lect); 3 units credit
Prerequisite: Senior standing

Psychology 191: READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY
2 hours a week (lect); 2 units credit
Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
May be repeated for not more than 2 additonal credit units

Psychology 199: RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
2 hours a week (lect); 2 units credit
Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor
May be repeated for not more than 2 additional credit units

 

 

 

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