Psychology (B.A.)

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

Graduate Swing Courses will count toward free electives for students in the combined B.A. Psychology/M.B.A. Business Administration program.

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
Drugs and Behavior
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:
BIOL 319Genes, Brains, and Behavior4
BIOL 320Social Neurobiology3
PSYC 204The Good Life: The Science of Positive Psychology3
PSYC 250Introduction to Community Psychology3
PSYC 264Multicultural Psychology3
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 404Stereotyping and Prejudice3
PSYC 421Data Science for Social Scientists3
PSYC 483Advanced Research Seminar3
PSYC 496Psychology Honors II4
PSYC 499Motivational Interviewing3
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 311Drugs and Behavior3
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
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
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. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This 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.

First Year
GNED 1991WRIT 1063
WRIT 1053GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3
GENERAL EDUCATION (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts3PSYC 2033
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3Advanced Elective I 3
PSYC 1013 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory4GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science3
World Language 13World Language 23
PSYC 2204PSYC 3014
Advanced Elective I3Biological Basis of Behavior Elective3
 17 16
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3
World Cultures3Personality Elective3
Cognition Elective3Free Elective/Minor course3
Free Elective/Minor course3Free Elective/Minor course3
Free Elective/Minor course3Free Elective/Minor course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Social/Applied Elective3GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education1
Advanced Elective II3Advanced Elective II3
Free Elective/Minor Course3Free Elective/Minor Course3
Free Elective/Minor Course3Free Elective/Minor course3
Free Elective1Free Elective/Minor course3
 13 13
Total Credits 120


120 credits required to graduate.

38 credits are required for the Psychology major; Students must earn a C- or better in their psychology courses to count toward the major, core major courses must be taken in this sequence:  PSYC 101, 203, 220, and then 301.   

A minor is recommended, but not required.  A minor is between 18-24 credits.

AP and/or college-level courses transferring in will affect this plan, please speak to an advisor.

If a student cannot maintain at least 15 credits per semester, then winter and summer course offerings are needed in order to ensure a four-year graduation timeline.

Courses from the Advanced Electives II category or free electives can be used for COOP, a credit-bearing internship.