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

The BA/MA in Psychology is an accelerated program. It is designed for high achieving students who wish to obtain both their BA and MA in five years. It is best suited for students who know they want to pursue either a doctorate in psychology or who want to obtain intensive training in research design and data analysis for entry-level positions in data-driven industries such as health, pharmaceutical, banking, insurance, advertising or consulting. Prospective applicants join an advising cohort as freshmen and formally apply to the program in the winter of their junior year. Please visit the BA/MA Program website for the required undergraduate/graduate sequence of courses, overall program outline, and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures.

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
Electives
Biological Basis of Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Physiological Psychology
Perception
Comparative Animal Behavior
Motivation
Cognition
Select one of the following:3
Cognition
Human Learning and Memory
Psycholinguistics
Personality
Select one of the following:3
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Social/Applied
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

General Education Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

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

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.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9
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
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 1 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
World Language 2 3
PSYC 203 Introduction to Psychological Research 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
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
 Credits16
Spring
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
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
World Cultures 3
PSYC Elective: Personality 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
PSYC Elective: Social/Applied 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
PSYC Elective: Biological 3
Advanced PSYC Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
 Credits13
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
PSYC Elective: Cognition 3
Advanced PSYC Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120