The Department of Psychology administers the Psychology Experience Credits
(PEC) program. The PEC program involves all students enrolled in Introductory
Psychology (Psy.3). As part of their course requirements, students are expected
to earn a minimum of two (2) Psychology Experience Credits.
Students may earn the necessary PEC’s by participating in one(1) of
two (2) activities:
- Psychology Research Project: Participation in an IRB-approved research
project(s) under the supervision of Psychology Department faculty.
- Psychology Journal Article: Identify, read and write a two (2) page
summary of an article published within the past year in a psychology journal
available from the library.
Students will participate in a Psychology Research Project for which they
fulfill the inclusion criteria, on a first-come, first-served basis. In any
given semester, if there are not a sufficient number of research projects to
accommodate all students taking Introductory Psychology, the remainder of students
will be required to complete the Psychology Journal Article option.
Students who have not completed the PEC program requirement before the Monday
of the last full week of classes in any given semester will be given a grade
of “incomplete” for the course. All Departmental rules and regulations
concerning “incomplete” grades will apply. Incompletes can be made
up by participating in the PEC program, as outlined above. After successful
completion of the PEC program, a student will submit the appropriate forms
to the PEC Coordinator, who will facilitate the grade change process.
PEC’s are allocated in half-hour increments (e.g., participation in
a session lasting one hour is worth 1 PEC, a session of half an hour in length
earns 0.5 PEC). At the end of the session, researchers should complete the
PEC program Student Form, and return the stamped form to the student. It is
the student’s responsibility to hand in the PEC form to the Introductory