Psychology (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.A. Psychological Sciences)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements35
Graduate Swing Courses9
Free Electives31-25
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.

Complete with minimum grades of C- in all PSYC courses in the following requirement(s):

Required Courses - Undergraduate
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
Collateral Courses
STAT 442Fundamentals of Modern Statistics II3
STAT 481Introduction to Statistical Data Mining3
PSYC 491Independent Study I: Research3
or PSYC 492 Independent Study II: Research
Total Credits35

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

Required Graduate Courses
PSYC 510Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 578Psychometrics3
Graduate Electives
Complete one of the folowing:3
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Theories of Learning
Behavioral Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
Lifespan Psychopathology
Total Credits9

These courses will also count toward the MA portion of this program.

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

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

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(s)

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

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.


First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3World Language 23
World Language 13PSYC 2033
PSYC 1013 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
PSYC 2204PSYC 3014
Advanced PSYC Elective (200 level)3Advanced PSYC Elective (200 level)3
 16 17
Third Year
World Cultures3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3
PSYC Elective: Personality3PSYC Elective: Social/Applied3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
PSYC Elective: Biological 3GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1
Advanced PSYC Elective3PSYC Elective: Cognition3
Free Elective3Advanced PSYC Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective1Free Elective3
 13 13
Total Credits 120