Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the undergraduate major, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of major concepts and principles of psychology.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of quantitative and empirical methods of psychology.

3. Integrate empirical literature and write scientific literature reviews.

4. Design and conduct empirical studies.

5. Analyze behavioral data, interpret statistical results, and communicate statistical results to others.

6. Report empirical research and/or reviews of empirical research in the field of psychology, including the preparation of reports in the publication format of the American Psychological Association, preparation and presentation of research posters, and/or oral presentations of research.

Major Requirements

B.A. or B.S. Degree – Psychology Major

Starting in 2016-2017 Catalog Year - the degree requirements have changed. Reveiw appropropriate Undergraduate Catalogs for degree requirements for other Catalog Years

All requirements for psychology majors are outlined below.

Prerequisite Survey (3 hrs)

PSYC 121. Introductory Psychology.

Foundation Courses (7 hrs)

PSYC 222. Orientation to the Psychology Major (1 hr)
PSYC 301. Analysis of Psychological Data (3 hrs)
PSYC 302. Research Methods in Psycholoty (3 hrs)

Core Courses (pick one from each area) (12 hrs)

Developmental Core:
PSYC 230. Lifespan Developmental Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 317. Child Psychology. (3 hrs)

Biological Core:
PSYC 377. Introduction to Sensation and Perception. (3 hrs)
PSYC 378. Brain and Behavior. (3 hrs)
PSYC 410. Psychopharmacology. (3 hrs)

Social/Cultural Core Core:
PSYC 343. Social Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 361. Psychology of Personality. (3 hrs)

Cognition/Learning Core:
PSYC 320. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 333. Principles of Learning. (3 hrs)

Integrative Research Experience - Lab Course

PSYC 491. Topical Research in Psychology. (3 hrs)
Prerequisites: PSYC 302

Integrative Capstone Experience (3 hrs)

PSYC 470. History and Systems of Psychology. (3 hrs)

Elective Psychology Courses (9 hrs)

Any of the courses listed above beyond the minimum requirements or any other psychology courses not listed above but which are in the catalog, including independent studies. 

Total minimum hours for the major: 37

(This does not include STAT 200, which is a required course to be counted toward general education or B.S. requirements.)

Other Electives

Students should consult with their academic advisers in selecting elective courses to complete the 120 semester hours required for graduation.

Total Credits Needed for Degree: 120

B.A./B.S. Requirements

B.A. Requirements (6-12 hrs)

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements. (See Programs Directory.)

B.S. Requirements (6-8 hrs)

The Bachelor of Science degree requires an additional six to eight semester hours to be selected from courses in the following departments: Mathematics and statistics, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics, geology, physical science and from the physical science (PS) division of geography (e.g., GEOG 130). Photography classes, PHSC 410 and MATH 325 will not meet these requirements. A student is advised to meet the science and mathematics general education requirements during the freshman year. Biology is the recommended science, and Statistics 200 is recommended as part of the mathematics requirement.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a major in Psychology, a student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in PSYC 301 and PSYC 302, and have a grade point average of 2.25 or higher for all courses taken with a PSYC prefix.

Minor Requirements

Psychology Minor (18 semester hours)

Starting in 2016-2017 Catalog Year - requirements for the minor have changed. Reveiw appropropriate Undergraduate Catalogs for minor requirements for other Catalog Years

The psychology minor requires 18 semester hours of psychology, including:

Prerequisite Survey (3 hrs)

PSYC 121. Introductory Psychology.

Core Courses (pick one from three areas) (9 hrs)

Developmental Core:
PSYC 230. Lifespan Developmental Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 317. Child Psychology. (3 hrs)

Biological Core:
PSYC 377. Introduction to Sensation and Perception. (3 hrs)
PSYC 378. Brain and Behavior. (3 hrs)
PSYC 410. Psychopharmacology. (3 hrs)

Social/Cultural Core Core:
PSYC 343. Social Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 361. Psychology of Personality. (3 hrs)

Cognition/Learning Core:
PSYC 320. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. (3 hrs)
PSYC 333. Principles of Learning. (3 hrs)

Electives: Any 2 additional courses in Psychology  (6 hrs)

Total Minimum Number of Credits Needed for Minor: 18 hrs