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The Major

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

classroomThe major in psychology is especially useful to students planning careers in teaching, personnel work, guidance and counseling, mental health, and rehabilitation. Many psychology graduates also find employment in business and industry.

We recommend students majoring in psychology take PSYC 101, 198, and fulfill their Math general education requirement during their first year; PSYC 301-302, and perhaps one or two fundamental PSYC courses (see below) during their sophomore year; and one of the capstone experience courses (see below) during their final year. 

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Psychology's Core Requirements

For students using the 2006-2007 or later catalogs

  • PSYC 101, General Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 198, Psychology as Discipline and Profession (1 hour)
  • PSYC 301, Statistics (4 hours)
  • PSYC 302, Research Methods in Psychology (4 hours)
  • Choose three fundamental courses (9 hours) from:
    • PSYC 206, Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 305, Social Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 313, Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 335, Biological Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 409, Principles of Learning: Conditioning (3 hours)
    • PSYC 508, Principles of Learning: Cognition (3 hours)
  • Choose four electives from PSYC courses above 299 (12 hours)
  • Choose one capstone experience (3 hours) from:
    • PSYC 400, History and Systems of Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 463, Academic Internship in Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 498, Senior Seminar in Psychology (3 hours)

CORE REQUIREMENT SUBTOTAL: 36 hours

For General Education Requirements, please see the Touchstone Program.

Psychology's Core Requirements

For students using the 2005-2006 or earlier catalogs

  • PSYC 101,General Psychology
  • PSYC 198, Psychology as Discipline and Profession
  • PSYC 301, Research I: Statistics
  • PSYC 302, Research II: Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 498, Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • Developmental:
    • PSYC 306, Development I: Childhood or  
    • PSYC 307, Development II: Adulthood
  • Fundamental Processes:
    • PSYC 505, Physiological Psychology or  
    • PSYC 508, Principles of Learning: Cognition or  
    • PSYC 509, Principles of Learning: Conditioning
  • Complex Processes:
    • PSYC 503, Abnormal Psychology or
    • PSYC 507, Social Psychology or  
    • PSYC 514, Theories of Personality
  • Applications:
    • PSYC 506, Psychological Measurements or  
    • PSYC 510, Behavior Modification or  
    • PSYC 516, Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Electives: Any three additional PSYC courses
  • Please note: Current students can substitute PSYC 461-462, Internship, or PSYC 400, History and Systems, to meet the PSYC 498 requirement. 

Graduate Students

Read more about our graduate program in School Psychology.