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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.

Area A:

PSYC       30463   Introductory Neuroscience
PSYC       30483   Human Neuropsychology
PSYC       50513    Psychopharmacology

Area B:

PSYC       30433*   Experimental Psychology: Motivation
PSYC       30473*   Comparative Psychology
PSYC       30414*   Experimental Psychology: Learning (Lab, WEM)
PSYC       30513*   Fundamentals of Learning

Area C:

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)

Area D:

PSYC       30393    Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC       30443    Psychology of Personality
PSYC       30353    Social Psychology

Or

PSYC       30343*   Social Psychology (WEM)
PSYC       40493*   Introduction to Psychology Measurement
PSYC       40533*   Experimental Psychology: Social (Lab, WEM)

Area E:

PSYC       30363    Abnormal Psychology
PSYC       30373    Organizational Psychology
PSYC       40463    Applied Behavior Analysis

*Requirement: MATH 10043-Elementary Statistics and PSYC 30503-Behavioral Research.

Research Courses:

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.