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 44 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 *
|Intermediate Psychological Statistics|
Select two courses in PSY at the 400 level or above **
Must include at least two courses at 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.
PSY 433 Research Experience in Psychology may not count for a maximum of 3 credits.
Counts toward GEC GSB requirement.
Related Area Requirements
Two courses in math or science with a minimum grade of C- at the 200 level or above.
May not use the courses taken to fulfill GEC and/or CAR requirements to meet this requirement.
Choose courses from the following course prefixes: AST, ATY, BIO, CHE, CSC, ECO, ECON, ERM, GEO, KIN, MAT, NTR, PHY, PSC, SOC, STA.
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.