Psychology is available as a major on the BA (Bachelor of Arts) and BS (Bachelor of Science) degree.
Although the programs may be used to achieve a variety of objectives, they are designed with three primary goals in mind:
- To provide majors with a strong background for graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields
- To educate intelligent consumers who can seek, evaluate and apply selected psychological services effectively
- To provide fundamental information for a critical understanding of psychological knowledge and problems
In addition to basic coursework, the programs offer learning experiences that include research projects, individual career planning, special seminars, and supervised off-campus activities. Such courses, primarily for juniors and seniors, require approval from the student’s advisor or the instructor during the semester prior to the one in which the student intends to enroll. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor at least once each semester to plan an appropriate selection of courses to meet their individual goals.
The BS degree with a major in psychology
The BS degree is recommended for students planning graduate work in psychology or a related field or who anticipate a career in a psychology-related field.
Requirements in psychology: The program requires a minimum of 42 hours, including PSYC 10213, 10514 or 10524, plus PSYC 30503 and PSYC 40993. At least one course must be taken from each of the following five areas, plus at least one additional course from areas A, B, C, or D. A minor or second major is required for the BS degree in psychology.
PSYC 30463 Introductory Neuroscience
PSYC 30483 Human Neuropsychology
PSYC 50513 Psychopharmacology
PSYC 30433* Experimental Psychology: Motivation
PSYC 30473* Comparative Psychology
PSYC 30414* Experimental Psychology: Learning (Lab, WEM)
PSYC 30513* Fundamentals of Learning
PSYC 30313 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 30453* Memory and Cognition
PSYC 30523* Experimental Psychology: Cognition (Lab, WEM)
PSYC 40413* Cognitive Development
PSYC 40423* The Tao of Strategy (WEM)
PSYC 40433* Advanced Developmental Psychology (WEM)
PSYC 30393 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 30443 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 30353 Social Psychology
PSYC 30343* Social Psychology (WEM)
PSYC 40493* Introduction to Psychology Measurement
PSYC 40533* Experimental Psychology: Social (Lab, WEM)
PSYC 30363 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 30373 Organizational Psychology
PSYC 40463 Applied Behavior Analysis
*Requirement: MATH 10043-Elementary Statistics and PSYC 30503-Behavioral Research.
PSYC 40313 Research in Neuroscience
PSYC 40323 Research in Psychology of Learning
PSYC 40333 Research in Social Psychology
PSYC 40343 Development/Cognitive Research
Students who will apply to psychology Ph.D. programs are strongly encouraged to take research courses PSYC 40313, 40323, 40333 and/or 40343. No more than 9 credit hours in these courses may be applied to the 42 minimum required hours in psychology.
Associated Requirement: MATH 10043
A total of 124 hours is required for the BS degree.
The BA degree with a major in psychology
This BA with a major in psychology is suited for students who have a general interest in psychology, but do not plan a career in psychology or a psychology-related field. It may prove suitable for a variety of career objectives not subsumed under the BS program. The program of study requires a minimum of 30 hours, including either PSYC 10213, 10514 or 10524, plus PSYC 30503 and 40993. At least one course must be taken from each of the five areas listed under the BS degree requirements. A maximum of six hours of PSYC 40313, 40323, 40333 and/or 40343 may be applied to the 30 minimum required hours in psychology, but additional hours may be taken as electives. A minor or second major is required for the BA in psychology.
Associated Requirement: MATH 10043
A total of 124 hours is required for the BA degree.