Psychology Major - Incoming Year 2014 and Later

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Beginning with the incoming class of Fall 2014 a student majoring in psychology will earn either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree by completing the (B.A.) or (B.S.) requirements outlined on this page. Students who entered the University prior to Fall 2014 will receive a B.A. by completing the requirements in the Psychology Major- Incoming Year 2013 and Earlier page.

Because of course prerequisites, students should expect that the completion of the B.A. major will require at least four semesters after the formal declaration of the major, and completion of the B.S. will require at least six semesters after the formal declaration of the major.  Freshmen who contemplate majoring in psychology should take General Psychology (PSY 1000).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology (11 courses, 31 credits)
The B.A. degree in psychology requires 11 courses in psychology.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology (17 courses, 52 credits)
The B.S. degree in psychology requires 12 courses in psychology and an additional 5 course in other relevant sciences.

Required Core Course Both B.A. and B.S. students must complete the following five courses.

  • Introduction
    • PSY 1000 - General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Methodology
    • PSY 2000 [currently PSY 4000][1] – Statistics (3 credits)
    • PSY 2050 [currently PSY 4050] – Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Career Planning
    • PSY 2100 [currently PSY 4150] – Seminar in Professional Development (1 credit, S/U)
  • Capstone Experience
    • PSY 5150 [currently PSY4100] – Foundations of Modern Psychology (3 credits)
      OR
    • PSY 5250 [currently PSY 4125] – Contemporary Issues in Psychology (3 credits)

Foundation and Elective Courses

B.A. students select six additional psychology courses, at least four of which must be foundation courses, and at least one of the foundation courses must be a laboratory course.

B.S. students select seven additional psychology courses, at least five of which must be foundation courses, and two of these foundation courses must be laboratory courses.

  • Foundation Courses
    • PSY 3200 [currently PSY 2200] - Human Development (3 credits)
    • PSY 3300 [currently PSY 2300] - Perception (3 credits)
    • PSY 3500 [currently PSY 2500] - Personality (3 credits)
    • PSY 3600 [currently PSY 2600] - Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 3700 [currently PSY 5500] - Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 3800 [currently PSY 5400] - Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
  • Laboratory Courses
    • PSY 4200 Biopsychology (3 credits, laboratory course)
    • PSY 4500 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits, laboratory course)
  • Psychology Major Elective Courses
    • PSY 2400 Cross Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 2450 The Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
    • PSY 2700 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 2800 Human Factors (3 credits)
    • PSY 2900 [currently PSY 3000] - Special Topics (3 credits)
    • PSY 4600 [currently PSY 5100] - Animal Learning & Cognition (3 credits)
    • PSY 4700 [currently PSY 5200] - Personality Theory & Research (3 credits)
    • PSY 4800 [currently PSY 5300] Psychological Measurement (3 credits)
    • PSY 5900 Independent Research (3 credits)
  • Additional Electives (graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory - cannot be used as psychology electives)
    • PSY 2905 [currently PSY 3005] - Special Topics Seminar (1 credit)
    • PSY 2993 Psychology Internship (3 credits)

General Science Requirements for the B.S.

B.S. students are required to take five additional science courses outside of the psychology department. These additional science courses are

  • BIO 2105 and 2106 General Biology I and II (8 credits) 
  • MAT 1310 and 1315 Calculus for Life Sciences I and II (6 credits)  
  • CSC 1051 or CSC 1052 Algorithms & Data Structures I or II (4 credits)  

Recommended for Majors

PSY 5900 - Undergraduate Research is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology.

PSY 2993 - Psychology Internship is recommended for students who wish to gain real-world experience working in psychology. Internships usually involve a one-year commitment (fall and spring semesters) during the senior year.  Click on the document below to download the Psychology Internship Packet.

Admission Requirements

To choose psychology as a major, either in pursuit of a B.A. or B.S., a student must complete General Psychology (PSY 1000 or HON 1811) or have AP credit for General Psychology. Additionally, a student must have a grade of C+ or higher in General Psychology or have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher. When entering the program students will declare their major as either a B.A. or a B.S. in Psychology. Students should expect that the completion of the B.A. major will require at least four semesters after the formal declaration of the major, and completion of the B.S. will require at least six semesters after the formal declaration of the major.

Interested students who do not meet these minimum requirements may appeal directly to the Department of Psychology for special admission into the major.

Course Numbering

[1] The course numbers used in this information page correspond to the numbering system for psychology courses that will be used beginning with the 2014-2015 University Catalog.  If the number for a course is different from the course number found in earlier University Catalogs, the old course number is presented in brackets.

Course Sequence Information

* Statistics (PSY 2000 [PSY 4000]) and Research Methods (PSY 2050 [PSY 4050]) should be taken soon after declaring the major because these courses are prerequisites for the two foundation laboratory courses, Biopsychology (PSY 4200) and Cognitive Psychology (4500).

*Seminar in Professional Development (PSY 2100 [PSY 4150]) is only offered in the Fall semester and should be taken in the Junior year.

*The capstone course, Foundations of Modern Psychology (PSY 5150 [PSY 4100] OR Contemporary Issues in Psychology (PSY 5250 [PSY 4125]), can only be taken in the senior year.

*With the exception of the Seminar in Professional Development (PSY 2100), courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may not be used to satisfy requirements for the either the B.A. or B.S.