Psychology (BS)

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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 Science in Psychology (PSYCBS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Psychological and Brain Sciences

Program Information

This degree program is designed to accommodate the needs of majors who intend to pursue careers health or science fields and includes most of the required course work for a pre-med curriculum. This program requires a demanding sequence of supporting classes in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics beyond the introductory level, as well as increased hours of electives in the major.

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 Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 175-77
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 (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
Unity of Life - S
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL
General Chemistry I - S
Calculus I - QR 8

*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 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300+level 26
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB 43
PSYC 301Statistics for Psychology 53
PSYC 302Research Methods for Psychology3
Core requirements12
Brain and Behavior
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Processes
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology CUE course (see list below)3
PSYC Electives 6,718
Supporting Courses
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
BIOL 242Diversity of Life3
BIOL 244Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL2
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S3
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 207
CHEM 208
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL
2
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
MATH 205Calculus I - QR 84
PHYS 221
PHYS 223
Fundamentals of Physics I - S
Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL
4
PHYS 222
PHYS 224
Fundamentals of Physics II - S
Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL
4
Minimum Electives 6,74-6
Minimum Total Hours75-77

 Requirements for graduation include:

  • Completion of PSYC 302 with a minimum grade of C
  • A minimum grade of C-minus in all courses used to meet departmental requirements in the Psychology major
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in Psychology (PSYC) coursework

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science 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 - CUE
International Service Learning and Research - CUE
Giving Psychology Away: Critical Thinking and Public Communication - CUE
Modifying Behavior - CUE
Family Risk, Resilience and Mindfulness - CUE, WR
History of Psychology: A Socio Cultural Perspective - CUE
Psychology of Peace & Ethnic Relations - CUE
Music Perception and Cognition - CUE
Aging: Science and Stories - CUE, WR
Exploration of Self: Theory and Research - CUE, WR
Undergraduate Psychology Research - CUE
Honors Psychology Thesis - CUE, WR

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
BIOL 240 Unity of Life - S 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life 3
BIOL 244 Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL 2
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychology 3
PSYC 305 Brain and Behavior 3
PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
PSYC 302 Research Methods for Psychology 3
PSYC 307 Cognitive Processes 3
PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics I - S 3
PHYS 223 Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
Psychology elective 3
Psychology elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Spring
PHYS 222 Fundamentals of Physics II - S 3
PHYS 224 Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Psychology WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Psychology elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Sciences elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Psychology elective (300 level or above) 3
Psychology WR elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Psychology elective CUE 3
Psychology elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 1
 Hours13
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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