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The Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It examines behavior and mental processes in an effort to serve human welfare. The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is designed to provide students with strong research, communication, and critical thinking skills. As such, the program requires completion of an Introductory Psychology course, a Careers in Psychology course, a laboratory-based two-semester research sequence, courses from the primary areas of the discipline, and a senior capstone experience. The undergraduate degree in psychology provides students with a strong foundation for graduate study in a variety of disciplines. It also provides a broad liberal arts education that can serve as an entry point into bachelor’s degree-level careers. Students are encouraged to select courses in consultation with an advisor.

Current (Fall 2016-present) degree requirements appear below. Checklists for these and previous degree requirements are available using the "Program Checklists" link.

Program Requirements

General Education - 45 hours (Areas A-E; Math 1107 Statistics required in area D)

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (AREA F)

Must pass with grade of "C" or better.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Introduction to General Psychology
    3
  • Careers in Psychology
    3
  • Research Methods and Statistics
    4
  • Supporting Disciplines:
    Any 1000-2000 level courses in MATH, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS
    6
  • Electives:
    Any 1000-2000 level course(s) in the university curriculum
    2

Upper Division Major Requirements

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
    4
  • One course from each of the following five areas:

    Developmental Area:

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • Life-Span Developmental Psychology
      3

    Diversity and Multicultural Area:

    Personality and Social Area:

    Biological Bases Area:

    Learning and Cognition Area:

    Senior Capstone Experience:

    One course from the following:

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • History and Systems of Psychology
      3
    • Capstone Internship in Psychology
      3
    • Senior Seminar in Psychology
      3

    * Prereq: PSYC 3301; submission of an application before registration; and one course from each of the five areas. One of the five area courses may be completed concurrently.
    * Students must take the ETS Major Field Test as part of the Capstone Experience.
    * PSYC 4400 or HON 4498 may substitute. See an advisor.

    Psychology Electives:

    • Description
      Credits
    • 3000-4000 level PSYC courses
      12

    Additional Requirements

    Related Studies:

    • Description
      Credits
    • 3000-4000 level courses outside of PSYC.
      12

    Free Electives:

    • Description
      Credits
    • Any courses in the university curriculum.
      12

    Program Total (123 Credit Hours)