The Psychology Major provides a background for entry into a variety of professions other than psychology where understanding the principles of behavior and cognition is important. It also provides the necessary background for individuals planning to do graduate work in either basic or applied psychology.
The curriculum provides students with a structured, sequenced exposure to six core areas in psychology. These are: behavior analysis; biopsychology; clinical psychology; cognitive psychology; development psychology; and, social psychology. Majors must sample from at least four domains at the intermediate (200) level, but can choose a narrower or broader sampling of upper level courses. The curriculum also affords hands-on experience with scientific psychology via laboratory courses and field experiences.
The Psychology Major for the Bachelor of Science degree serves students who want additional training in science, math, statistics, and research methods relative to the Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 122 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
- Minimum 35 credits in psychology.
- Students must earn a grade of at least C- in all psychology courses required for the major.
Degree Program Requirements
|General Education Core Requirements (GEC)|
|College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)|
|General Psychology †|
|Careers in Psychology|
Select four of the following:
|Principles of Learning|
|Psychological Perspectives on Social Psychology|
|Theories of Personality|
|Introduction to Clinical Psychology|
|Statistics in Behavioral Science Research|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
Select a minimum of four additional PSY courses at the 300 level or above *
Must include at least two courses as the 400 level or above. Students may not complete GSB requirements solely with courses in Psychology. PSY 433 Research Experience in Psychology may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Counts toward GEC GSB requirement.
Psychology with Social Studies High School Teaching Licensure Concentration Requirements
Students majoring in psychology may elect to pursue teacher licensure in Social Studies. Completion of teacher licensure will enable one who wishes to teach Social Studies curricula in the secondary schools to gain the background for teaching psychology courses as well. See the requirements for completion of Teacher Licensure in Social Studies under School of Education Licensure Programs. The university, college, and departmental major requirements are the same as for any other psychology major. Additional semester hours may be required for completion of the degree.
Those intending to gain teacher licensure are encouraged to choose electives in Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Anthropology that address human behavior and experiences from complementary or, perhaps, alternative perspectives.
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 credit hours required for degree.
Psychology as a Second Major
- Minimum of 36 credit hours
Requirements for the Psychology Second Major are the same as for a Psychology Major.
Psychology, B.A., as a Second Academic Concentration for Elementary Education and Physical Education Teacher Education Majors
- Minimum of 18 credit hours
This second academic concentration in Psychology is designed specifically for Elementary Education and Physical Education Teacher Education students. It requires completion of a minimum of 18 credits to include:
- Three courses in PSY at the 200 level
- A minimum of three courses in PSY at the 300 level or above, including at least one course at the 400 level or above
The course listed below may not be used to satisfy requirements for the concentration in Psychology.
|Research Experience in Psychology|