B.A. in Psychology/M.S. in Occupational Therapy (joint degree with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) - College of Mount Saint Vincent

Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

B.A. in Psychology/M.S. in Occupational Therapy (joint degree with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)

College of Mount Saint Vincent (B.A.) – Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (M.S.) Cooperative Program

The College has a cooperative 3-2 arrangement with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, which enables Mount students to earn a B.A. degree in Psychology from the Mount and an M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia after five years of study.

Students must complete all College core and most Psychology major requirements, as well as the prerequisites for the Columbia program, during their first three years. Students can apply to Columbia in their junior year. Those who meet the Columbia University criteria for admission will spend the first three years of study at the College and the final two years at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students interested in this program should meet with the Chair of the Psychology department at the beginning of their first semester.

Requirements

Students will complete the Mount Core education requirements during their first three years. Courses completed during the first year at Columbia are transferred back to the Mount to complete the requirements for the B.A. in Psychology degree. Students will also complete the majority of the B.A. in Psychology degree requirements during their first three years at the College, including the Occupational Therapy prerequisite courses:

PSYC 326 Lifespan Development
PSYC 355 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 432 Motivation and Emotion
BIOL 109 and 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and II
PHYS 207 and 208 Physics I and II

Sample Program

Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
Core Course 3 credits
PSYC 103 Core: Introduction to Psychology I 3 credits
PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II 3 credits
PSYC 205 Psychology Statistics 3 credits
Open Elective 3 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 15 credits
BIOL 109 and 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 credits
PSYC 315 Research Methods I (WE) 3 credits
PSYC 326 Lifespan Development – Content Area 1 3 credits
PSYC 355 Abnormal Psychology – Content Area 2 3 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
PHYS 207 and 208 Physics I and II 8 credits
PSYC 3XX Psychology Course – Content Area 4 3 credits
PSYC 405 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
PSYC 432 Motivation and Emotion – Content Area 3, first 400-level course 3 credits
PSYC 450 Capstone 3 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Total Credits for at the Mount – 89

Thirty-one credits taken at Columbia complete the 120 credits required for a Mount Saint Vincent B.A. in Psychology degree. Two courses taken at Columbia would complete the Psychology Major requirements.

For additional information about the M.S. in Occupational Therapy degree curriculum, please visit Columbia University’s Occupational Therapy website: www.columbiaot.org.