Psychology Major (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Psychology majors must earn a grade of C- or above in all Psychology courses. Psychology courses in which grades of less than C- are earned must be repeated and brought up to a minimum grade of C- in order to count toward the major. Note: The grades for all Psychology courses, including those below C-, are included in the major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements38
Free Electives 137-31
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Complete the following requirement(s) with minimum grades of C- :
Required Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 203Introduction to Psychological Research3
PSYC 220Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 301Experimental Psychology4
Biological Basis of Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Physiological Psychology
Comparative Animal Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Human Learning and Memory
Select one of the following:3
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select one of the following:3
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology
Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology
Clinical Psychology
School Psychology
Additional Electives
Select 12 credits from the list (see below)12
Total Credits38

Additional Electives

Advanced Electives
Select 6-12 credits from the following:
PSYC 300The Teaching of Psychology3
PSYC 310Introduction to Psychological Testing3
PSYC 314Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making3
PSYC 330Forensic Psychology3
PSYC 360History and Systems of Psychology3
PSYC 375Evolutionary Psychology3
PSYC 402Systems of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 483Advanced Research Seminar3
PSYC 496Psychology Honors II4
If not already used, the following may be taken:
PSYC 302Health Psychology3
PSYC 304Social Psychology3
PSYC 305Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 306Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology3
PSYC 307Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 308Perception3
PSYC 313Cognition3
PSYC 320Developmental Psychology I3
PSYC 332Psychological Foundations of Personality3
PSYC 340Human Learning and Memory3
PSYC 348Psycholinguistics3
PSYC 353Comparative Animal Behavior3
PSYC 354Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 355Motivation3
PSYC 365Abnormal Psychology3
200 Level and Other Major Electives
Select 0-6 credits from the following:
PCOM 391Cooperative Education in Psychology4-9
PSYC 201Child Psychology3
PSYC 202Adolescent Psychology3
PSYC 224Children's Rights and Child Advocacy3
PSYC 225Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 227Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality3
PSYC 231Psychology of Aggression3
PSYC 235Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth3
PSYC 245Hispanic/Latino Psychology3
PSYC 246Psychology of the Black Experience3
PSYC 248Psychology and Law3
PSYC 265Psychology of Women3
PSYC 268Psychological Aspects of Aging3
PSYC 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3
or CSIT 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science
or LNGN 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science
or PHIL 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSYC 294Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application3
PSYC 459Special Topics in Psychology3
PSYC 491Independent Study I: Research1-3
PSYC 492Independent Study II: Research1-3
PSYC 495Psychology Honors I4

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar  
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication  
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 1 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature  
WRIT 106 College Writing II 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
World Language 2 3
PSYC 203 Introduction to Psychological Research 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
PSYC 220 Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology 4
Advanced PSYC Elective (200 level) 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
PSYC 301 Experimental Psychology 4
Advanced PSYC Elective (200 level) 3
Third Year
World Cultures 3
PSYC Elective: Personality 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
PSYC Elective: Social/Applied 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
PSYC Elective: Biological 3
Advanced PSYC Elective 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
PSYC Elective: Cognition 3
Advanced PSYC Elective 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
 Total Credits120