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Bachelor of Science in Psychology Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology prepares students for work that requires liberal arts training as well as psychological knowledge and skills.  The major provides students with a detailed awareness of the field of psychology, including its historical background, paradigms, methods, research findings, and applications.  The major addresses the general areas of developmental, personality, social, cognitive, and abnormal psychology.  It fosters the development of verbal, quantitative, analytical, and technological skills that are useful for work in psychology and related fields.

The major requires thirteen psychology courses (39 semester hours), including:

  • PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 201 Child Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 230 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 240 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 303 Personality Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 307 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 321 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PSYC 385 Statistical Methods in Psychology (3 credits)
  • Psychology Electives (15 credits)

Examples of Elective Psychology Courses

Each of the following are Psychology electives are required for the major:

  • PSYC 202 Adolescence (3 credits)
  • PSYC 203 Maturity and Aging (3 credits)
  • PSYC 309 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 310 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • PSYC 314 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 316 Current Topics in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 333 Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • PSYC 345 Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 346 Animal Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 348 Psychology of Women (3 credits)
  • PSYC 355 Sports Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 370 Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 375 Psychology of Stigma (3 credits)
  • PSYC 380 Biological Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 381 Drug Effects and Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSYC 390 Psychology Research Practicum (2-4 credits)
  • PSYC 395 Senior Thesis in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 398 Careers in Psychology (Internship) (3-6 credits)
  • PSYC 399 Individual Study in Psychology (1-6 credits)

General Education Requirements (The University Core Requirements)

  • FYS 101 First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • ENGL 101 Composition & Rhetoric (3 credits)
  • MATH 103+103p Intro to College Algebra/Stats (3 + 1 credits)
  • Humanities (6 credits)
  • Social Science (6 credits)
  • Natural Science (6 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
  • Liberal Arts Electives (9 credits)

Many students take their 38 credits of free electives to also double major (or minor) in another area such as human services, health sciences, English, or biology, while still graduating in the same amount of time as a traditional Psychology major!

Total Credits to Graduate: 120

Minor in Psychology

Many students from majors outside of Psychology still choose to pursue a minor from the Psychology Department. To do so, students must take PSYC 103 (and receive a grade of C or higher) plus five additional 3 credit Psychology courses of their choosing (18 credits total). We allow the majority of the courses to be of your choosing within Psychology to allow a student to customize the minor to best fit their desired career path.

Recommended Program of Study

First Semester 
ENGL 101 Composition & Rhetoric 3 credits
HU/SS/FA Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 credits
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3 credits
PSYCH 103 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Free Elective 3 credits
Second Semester
PSYC 201 Child Psychology 3 credits
PSYC Psychology Elective 3 credits
MATH 103+103p Intro to College Algebra/Stats 4 credits
HS/SS/FA Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 credits
Free Elective 2 or 3 credits
Third Semester
PSYC 230 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 385 Statistical Methods in Psychology 3 credits
HU/SS/FA Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 credits
Free Electives 6 credits
Fourth Semester
PSYC 240 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 321 Research Methods 3 credits
HU/SS/FA Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 credits
SCI Natural Science Core 3 credits
Free Elective 3 credits
Fifth Semester
PSYC 303 Personality Psychology 3 credits
PYSC Psychology Elective 6 credits
SCI Natural Science Core 3 credits
Free Electives 3 credits
Sixth Semester
PSYC 307 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
HU/SS/FA Gen. Ed. Requirement 3 credits
Free Electives 9 credits
Seventh Semester
CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar 3
PSYC Psychology Elective 6
Free Electives 6
Eight Semester
Free Electives 15
Total Semester Hours 120