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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers a Gardner Psychology Research Scholars BA degree.
The Gardner Psychology Research Scholars Program consists of a rigorous set of criteria centered around a research project working with a Psychology faculty mentor.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
Secure approval from Psychology Department Gardner Program Director.
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
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Students must complete a minimum of 57 credit hours, including a minimum of 28 PSYC credit hours and a minimum of 23 credit hours in ancillary course work.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major and must achieve a minimum of B (3.0) in the 3 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research courses and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.5. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to major requirements.
Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper division (3000-level and above) PSYC credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
An experiential learning component is required and must be approved by the Bachelor of Science academic advisor. To fulfill the experiential learning requirement a student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Fulfilling this requirement with a project outside of the Psychology Department requires prior approval by the Bachelor of Science academic advisor. Independent study or internship credit hours taken outside of the Psychology Department will not count as Psychology credit hours.
Successful (final grade of B or better) completion of PSYC 4680 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar, PSYC 4681 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar II and PSYC 4780 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research: Ethics & Issues fulfills the experiential learning requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology department core graduation requirement. It is required for students to have instructor permission to enroll in both PSYC 4680 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar and PSYC 4681 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar II
Students with transfer credit for PSYC1005 that was awarded zero credits will need to take an additional three credit Psychology Elective course to reach the minimum credit hours required for the Psychology Major.
|Complete all of the following required courses:||19|
|Introduction to Psychology I|
|Introduction to Psychology II|
|Statistics and Research Methods|
|Biological Basis of Behavior|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
|Complete two of the following Group A elective courses:||6|
|Principles of Learning and Behavior|
|Introduction to Animal Behavior|
|Hormones and Behavior|
|Exercise, Brain and Behavior|
|Drugs, Brain and Behavior|
|Aging, Brain and Behavior|
|Neural Basis of Learning|
|Psychology of Perception|
|Complete one of the following Group B elective courses:||3|
|Human Development I: Child Psychology|
|Experimental Social Psychology|
|Complete required ancillary coursework from Biology and Chemistry:||23|
|Upper Division Biology/ Chemistry electives|
|Complete Gardner Psychology Research Requirements: 1||6|
|Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar 2|
|Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar II 3|
|Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research: Ethics & Issues 2|
Students must earn a minimum grade of B or better in all of the following courses. It is required for students to have instructor permission to enroll in both PSYC 4680 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar and PSYC 4681 Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar II
Take in the Fall.
Take in the Spring.
Additional Research Requirements
• The faculty mentor will work with students to guide fulfillment of these co-curricular requirements
- begin this course of study with at least 2 semesters remaining at CU Denver before graduation
- find a CU Denver Psychology faculty member who will mentor this project
- devote a minimum of 180 hours of work on this research project, completed during two semesters or more
- write a scientific paper describing the research
- present the results in an oral format
- present the results in poster format
|Take the following:||8|
|Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2030
|Honors Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)|
|Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2031
|Honors Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)|
|Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2040
|Honors Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)|
|Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2041
|Honors Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)|
|Take the following:||9|
|General Chemistry I|
or CHEM 2081
|Honors General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry Laboratory I|
or CHEM 2088
|Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory|
|General Chemistry II|
or CHEM 2091
|Honors General Chemistry II Lecture|
|General Chemistry Laboratory II|
or CHEM 2098
|Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory|
|Take two of the following upper division level ancillary elective courses:||6|
|Introduction to Evolution|
|General Cell Biology|
|Introduction to Immunology|
and General Microbiology Lab
|General Biochemistry I|
|General Biochemistry II|
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.
To review the Degree Map for this program, please visit our website.