Psychology (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (PSYCBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The BA in Psychology prepares students for most bachelor's-level careers as well as graduate school in psychology and other professional domains.  Students develop the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to gather, interpret and present data. Psychology students can become intelligent consumers of information and active investigators of the fields of cognition, behavior, and brain science and how each facet of psychology impacts everyday decision-making.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

 

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the major in Psychology requires:

  1. Completion of PSYC 201 with a minimum grade of C;
  2. Completion of MATH 111 or higher level Math course;
  3. Completion of PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychology (or approved substitute) with a minimum grade of C;
  4. Completion of 30 hours of degree-applicable credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0; and
  5. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in Psychology. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Psychology - SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Psychology
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB 43
PSYC 301Statistics for Psychology (or approved substitute) 53
PSYC 302Research Methods for Psychology3
Core requirements:12
Brain and Behavior
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Processes
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology CUE course (see list below)3
Psychology electives 5,612-15
Supporting Courses
Select TWO (2) of the following sequences: 12
ANTH 201 and any Anthropology 300+ elective
POLS 201 and any Political Science 300+ elective
SOC 201 and any Sociology 300+ level elective
Minimum Electives 6,717
Minimum Total Hours68

Requirements for graduation include:

  • Completion of PSYC 302 with a minimum grade of C
  • Minimum grade of C-minus in all courses used to meet departmental requirements in the Psychology major
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.0 in Psychology

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Psychology Research and Public Communication
Community Internships in Psychology
International Service Learning and Research
Giving Psychology Away: Critical Thinking and Public Communication
Modifying Behavior
Family Risk, Resilience and Mindfulness
History of Psychology: A Socio Cultural Perspective
Psychology of Peace & Ethnic Relations
Music Perception and Cognition
Aging: Science and Stories
Exploration of Self: Theory and Research
Undergraduate Psychology Research
Honors Psychology Thesis

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
MATH 111 College Algebra - QR 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
 Hours14
Year 2
Fall
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychology 3
PSYC 305 Brain and Behavior 3
PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours16
Spring
PSYC 302 Research Methods for Psychology 3
PSYC 307 Cognitive Processes 3
PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
PSYC elective (300 level or above) 3
PSYC elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Psychology elective (300 level or above) 3
First Social Science Elective Sequence Course 1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Psychology elective; CUE/WR or WR 3
Psychology elective (300 level or above) 3
First Social Science Elective Sequence Course 2 3
Second Social Science Elective Sequence Course 1 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Psychology elective; CUE/WR or WR 3
Second Social Science Elective Sequence Course 2 3
General elective 3
General elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-122

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  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
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