Psychology (BS)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the major in Psychology requires:2

  1. Completion of PSYC 201 with a minimum grade of C;1
  2. Completion of General Education QR course with a minimum grade of C;1, 2
  3. Completion of PSYC 301 with a minimum grade of C;1
  4. Completion of PSYC 302 with a minimum grade of C;1
  5. Completion of 30 hours of degree-applicable credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0; and
  6.  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.

1

Grades of C- are not accepted. 

2

PSYC 205 does not count towards credit hours required for the Psychology major. 

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following course is required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Psychology 4,7

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 4,83
PSYC 301Statistics for Psychology 5,83
PSYC 302Research Methods for Psychology 83
Core requirements
PSYC 305Brain and Behavior3
PSYC 306Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 307Cognitive Processes3
PSYC 308Foundations of Psychopathology3
Psychology CUE course (see list below)3
PSYC Electives (300 level or above) 6,718
Minimum Total Hours42
Supporting Courses
Social or Natural Sciences Electives (300 level or above)12
Minimum Electives17
Minimum Total Hours29

Requirements for graduation include:

  • Admission to the major
  • A minimum grade of C minus in courses used to meet departmental requirements in the Psychology major (minimum grade of C required in PSYC 201, PSYC 301 and PSYC 302)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in Psychology (PSYC) coursework

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.
Students who wish to double major in the BS in Psychology and the BS in Neuroscience degrees must complete 18 credit hours toward the Psychology (PSYC) degree that do not count towards meeting the Neuroscience (NS) degree requirements. These 18 credit hours must include the following courses: PSYC 306, PSYC 307 and PSYC 308. If these courses are taken as electives for the NS degree, additional PSYC courses must be taken in their place. Students must also complete one PSYC CUE course and one NS CUE course. For elective courses that can count toward either degree, the student must specify whether each course will count for NS or PSYC.

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
Child Psychopathology
History of Psychology: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
Human Expertise and Achievement
Psychology of Peace & Ethnic Relations
Music Perception and Cognition
Aging: Science and Stories
Psych of Trauma
Exploration of Self: Theory and Research
Undergraduate Psychology Research
Honors Psychology Thesis
1

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken

2

In addition to courses counted toward Cardinal Core

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Fulfills a Cardinal Core Requirement.

5

Students should confirm any substitute class with the department prior to enrollment. Students who substitute a statistics course from another department will need to take an additional Psychology elective to complete the required number of Psychology hours for the program.

6

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

7

Students who satisfy Cardinal Core Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

8

Grades of C minus or below are not accepted

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - S and SL or B 4
 Hours13-14
Year 2
Fall
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychology (minimum grade of C) 3
PSYC 305 Brain and Behavior 3
PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
PSYC 302 Research Methods for Psychology (minimum grade of C) 3
PSYC 307 Cognitive Processes 3
PSYC 308 Foundations of Psychopathology 3
PSYC elective (300-level or above) 3
Social or Natural Science Elective (300+ level) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Social or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Psychology elective (300+ level) 3
Psychology elective (300+ level) 3
Psychology elective (300+ level) 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Psychology elective (300+ level) 3
Social or Natural Science elective (300+ level) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Humanities or Natural Sciences elective (300+ level) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Psychology elective CUE/WR or WR 3
Social or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 4
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
Psychology elective CUE/WR or WR 3
General elective 4
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

Degree Audit Report
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  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
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Flight Planner
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