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Psychology (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology offers students the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of the science of behavior and the mind. The degree prepares students for graduate level study and for various professional positions in business, law, and health care. With the guidance of an academic advisor, students can choose from a variety of electives to focus more clearly on future professional goals.


Students may declare the B.S. in Psychology as their major during the admissions process to the University, or at any time during their college career. Students who are thinking of changing their major are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor in the Department. Freshman and sophomore students should follow the curriculum outline for the degree presented below. Transfer students are welcomed to the Psychology Program. General education and supporting courses will be evaluated for credit during the admission process. All upper-level transfer courses must be approved by the chair of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. This will be done on a case-by-case basis using transcripts and appropriate college catalog course descriptions. Students transferring academic credits in the program must meet all university residence and transfer-of-credits requirements. A transfer grade intended to satisfy any Psychology core requirement or major track elective course must be at least a "C."

Admission Requirements:

  1. Please note that PSYC 1101 (Introduction to Psychology), PSYC 2103 (Introduction to Human Development), PSYC 2101 (Introduction to Psychology of Adjustment) and MATH 1200 (Elementary Statistics), all must be completed with grades of "C" or higher.
  2. In addition to the academic regulations of the University, all Psychology core and major track electived must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to remain in good standing.

Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

See listing of requirements

Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements (Credit: 18 hours)

Required Courses (Credit: 9 hours)

PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 2101Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment

3 credits

PSYC 2103Introduction to Human Development

3 credits

Guided Electives (Credit: 9 hours)

Choose any three (3) 1000- and/or 2000- level courses with guidance from an academic advisor.

Upper Level Core (Credit: 60 hours)

Required Courses (Credit: 18 hours)

PSYC 3001Psychological Statistics

3 credits

PSYC 3002Research Methods

3 credits

PSYC 3201Cross-Cultural Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 3265Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 3401Biopsychology

3 credits

PSYC 4001Experimental Psychology

3 credits

Major Electives - Breadth (Credit: 15 hours)

Developmental Psychology (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one course from the following:

PSYC 3140Adulthood

3 credits

PSYC 3150/SOCI 3150Gerontology

3 credits

PSYC 3500Child and Adolescent Psychology

3 credits

Individual Differences (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one course from the following:

PSYC 3256Social Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 3277Personality Theory

3 credits

PSYC 4030Psychological Testing

3 credits

Biopsychology (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one course from the following:

PSYC 3411Sensation and Perception

3 credits

PSYC 3421Motivation and Emotion

3 credits

PSYC 4401Evolutionary Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 4411Animal Behavior

3 credits

Learning and Cognition (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one course from the following:

PSYC 3601Cognitive Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 3611Risk and Decision Making

3 credits

PSYC 3631Theories of Learning

3 credits

PSYC 4601Psycholinguistics

3 credits

Applied Psychology (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one course from the following:

PSYC 3285/SOCI 3285Industrial/Organizational Behavior

3 credits

PSYC 4500Children, Families, and the Law

3 credits

PSYC 4550Forensic Psychology

3 credits

Major Electives - Guided (Credit: 12 hours)

In consultation with an advisor, a student will choose four (4) 3000- and/or 4000- level psychology courses.

Outside Electives (Credit: 15 hours)

Student may choose any five courses outside psychology selected from the 3000- and 4000- level for which the prerequisites have been met. A maximum of two additional PSYC courses can be counted toward satisfying this section of the degree program. Students are strongly encouraged to take additional coursework in the humanities, natural sciences, computer science, foreign (modern) language, and business.

Total Hours: 120