Department of Psychology


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

For a B.A. degree in psychology, a total of 34 required semester hours in courses offered by the Psychology Department, plus 3 hours of speech in the English Department (specific course options specified by the Psychology Department).  An additional 12 semester hours of cognate electives are required for the B.A. degree.  The Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (PSY 101) course serves as a general prerequisite for majors and MUST be completed before enrolling in any other psychology course. 

To complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, you must have:

  1. a total of 120 academic semester hours
  2. a total of 49 hours in Psychology (including electives and speech)                           
  3. a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  4. satisfactory completion of required courses in the department, including twelve hours of electives
  5. satisfactory completion of general studies courses required in the core curriculum
  6. a total of 18 hours of free electives



Warning: Students who enroll in psychology courses for which they have not met the stated prerequisites are subject to disenrollment by the department regardless of performance or time lapsed.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology:

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

(Psy 101) Intro to Psychology as a Social Science 3 hours
Math 100 or higher 3
MFL 201 3
HIST 111 3
ENG 101 3
EDU 151 3
EDU 153 3
  15 hours

Spring Semester

(Psy 102) Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science 3 hours
ENG 102 3
MATH 110 or higher 3
MFL 202 3
HIST 112 3
EDU 152 0
EDU 154 0
  15 hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

(Psy 201/Psy 201L) Research Methods & Statistics I/lab (co-requisite courses)
Prerequisite: Psy 101
4 hours
(Psy 260) African Centered Psychology 3
Humanities Elective 3
Bio 101/Bio 101 Lab or higher 3
ENG 250 3
EDU 251 0
  16 hours


Spring Semester

(Psy 202/Psy 202L) Research Methods & Statistics II/lab (co-requisite courses)
Prerequisite: Psy 201/201L
4 hours
(Psy 283) Theories of Personality or (Psy 303) Social Psychology 3
Social Sciences Elective (non-psychology) 3
Humanities Elective 3
PHY 102/102L or higher 3
EDU 252 0
  16 hours

Junior Year

Fall Semester

(Psy 203/Psy 203L) Research Methods and Statistics III/lab
(co-requisite courses)
Prerequisite: Psy 102, Psy 202/202L
4 hours
(Psy 386) Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisite:Psy 202/202L
Psychology Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
ENG 350 or 351 3
EDU 353 0
  16 hours


Spring Semester

Psy 372/Psy 372L) Learning and Memory/lab
Prerequisite: Psy 203/203L
4 hours
Psychology Elective 3
Psychology Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Social Sciences Elective (non-psychology) 3
EDU 354 0
  16 hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

(Psy 495) Directed Studies OR (Psy 400) Supervised Fieldwork
Prerequisite: Psy 102, Psy 202 and Psy 202L
3 hours
Psychology Elective 3
Free Electives 6
  13 hours


Spring Semester

Free Electives 12
  13 hours


Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology:
A total of 60 hours in science is required for the B.S. degree.  These hours must include the following specified courses, along with science electives chosen in consultation with your advisor.  The following courses are in addition to the core psychology courses for the B.A. degree.  They will satisfy the 2 of the 4 elective requirements in psychology.

Major Requirements:

  • Psychobiology with the Laboratory (offered Fall Semester only)
  • Animal Behavior with the Laboratory (offered Spring Semester only)

Core Curriculum Requirements

  • Math 100 & 120 (or other approved science sequence in math)
  • General Biology 111/111L & 112/112L (for majors) in place of Biology 101
    (Biological Science).
  • At least one semester of Chemistry for majors (with the laboratory) (e.g.
    Chemistry 111/111L) -OR- Physics for majors (with the laboratory) (e.g.
    Physics 151/151L) in place of Physics 102 (Physical Science). The full year of
    either the chemistry or physics is recommended.

The B.S. degree in Psychology provides a wide range of career options, giving the student an excellent foundation for graduate work in such areas as the Neurosciences, Health/Medical Psychology, Biology, Public Health and Clinical Psychology.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Psychology Majors:
Psychology majors planning to attend medical, dental or other health
professional school after graduation must take the following courses to meet minimum admission requirementsfor most medical/dental schools.  This sequence should be started in the freshman year.

  • General Biology for majors - 8 hours
  • General Chemistry for majors - 8 hours
  • Organic Chemistry for majors - 8 hours
  • Physics for majors - 8 hours
  • Mathematics (100-120) - 6 hours
  • Some medical schools may require a year of calculus

Additional courses (such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc.) may be required by some schools.  Students planning to attend medical or dental school must check with the Office of Health Professions in order to remain current on application procedures, specific requirements for the schools you are interested in, and information on special summer programs.

Cognate Psychology Electives
The core requirements for the major in Psychology will provide the student with a strong foundation for careers or advanced study in psychology, business, law or the health profes­sions.  To round out these basic requirements you should select your psychology electives to enhance your background in areas you are considering for your future career.  The elective courses available in the department will enable you to follow one of three possible "tracks".  These are: Clinical/Community/ Counseling; Industrial/Organizational/Social; and Experimen­tal/Biological.  For example, if you are interested in conducting research on or working in an applied setting with individuals having varying degrees of emotional problems you should take electives such as Clinical Assessment, Techniques in Psychotherapy, Community Psychology, Health/Medical Psychology, and/or Developmental Psychology.  If your career interests lie more in applied work with groups or individuals in business, industry or governmental settings your electives could include Social Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and/or Community Psychology.  If you are interested in the health professions or in applied and/or basic research, the appropriate electives would include Psychobiology, Animal Behavior, Health/Medical Psychology, and/or Introduction to Public Health. These tracks are not mutually exclusive.  You should discuss your career interests with your advisor and select your electives carefully.

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology
To complete a minor in Psychology, a student must take Psychology 101, 102, 201, 201L and 9 elective hours in the department.

Complementary Minors
Psychology majors may further expand their foundation in psychology by completing a minor in The Neurosciences or the Public Health Sciences Minor.  See your advisor for further information about these opportunities.