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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The B.S. in Psychology is designed to provide a knowledge base of current methods, content areas, and theories. It seeks to facilitate the development of intellectual skills and characteristics that enhance the student's lifelong personal and career success. The program begins with a general psychology course and includes courses in quantitative methods and experimental design. Additional coursework is selected from a broad range of available courses. Students are encouraged to pursue breadth across the areas of psychology, particularly when planning for advanced study in psychology. The department does, however, identify sets of courses particularly relevant for students interested in clinical or industrial/organizational psychology. To learn more about the psychology major, view the Psychology Major Video on the major exploration webpage.

Students may choose to complete a minor in Psychology by declaring their minor in the Psychology Department (MGB 246). The Psychology minor may be used to support the student's major, to expand employment opportunities following graduation, or to provide recognition of study in a second academic area.  Steps required to declare a minor are listed here.

A student who intends to major in psychology must attend a major declaration session.  The steps required to declare a major in psychology are listed here

Required Psychology Courses (Access Course Descriptions Here)

A total of 38 hours of in psychology is required. Students must take Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 201S), Statistical Methods in Psychology (317), and Research Methods in Psychology (318). In addition, students must take at least one course from:

Area I (Foundation courses) -- Human Cognition (410), Sensation and Perception (413), Principles of Learning (414), Physiological Psychology (424) or Animal Behavior (430);

and one course from three of the five other areas:

Area II (Developmental) -- Exceptional Child (321), Adolescence (322), Social Development (334), Child Psychology (351), Cognitive Development During Childhood (352), or Adulthood and Aging (353);

Area III (Social/Personality) --  Social Psychology (304), Positive Psychology (308), Criminal Behavior (311), Psychology of Sex (363), or Theories of Personality (408);

Area IV (Clinical) -- Health Psychology (306), Drugs and Behavior (325), Abnormal Psychology (405), Psychological Tests (412), or Drug Abuse and Dependence (461);

Area V (Cultural Context) -- Psychology of Women (323), History of Psychology (403), Cross-Cultural Psychology (420), Community Psychology (431), or Psychology of African Americans (460); or

Area VI (Industrial/Organizational) -- Industrial/Organizational Psychology (303), Personnel (343), Human Factors (344), or Organizational Psychology (345). Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, passage of the Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency, and completion of the university and department Senior Assessment. A grade of C or better is required in all psychology courses counted towards the major. All psychology courses, even those taken beyond the 38 hours required for the major, are calculated in the psychology GPA.

Interest Area in Applied Experimental Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in Applied Experimental psychology is designed for psychology majors who want to apply for graduate school in one of the following applied research fields: health, community, developmental, social, cognitive or quantitative. The suggested curriculum includes PSYC 495, 497 or 498, 412 or 417, and one additional course from 410, 413, 414, or 424, in addition to completion of the general requirements for a major in psychology.

Interest Area in Clinical Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in clinical psychology is designed for students who wish to develop cognitive and behavioral competencies at the bachelor's level of mental health specialization. The suggested curriculum includes PSYC 369, 370, 405, 408, 412 and either 203S, 322, 304, or 321, in addition to completion of the general requirements for a major in psychology.

Interest Area in Human Factors Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in human factors psychology is designed for psychology majors who have a special interest in improving the interface between humans and technology. In addition to completing the general requirements for a major in psychology, interested students are encouraged to consult with a human factors faculty member to design a tailored course of study for this area.

Interest Area in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in industrial/organizational psychology is designed for psychology majors who have a special interest in industrial, engineering, and organizational psychology. The suggested curriculum includes PSYC 303, 343, 344, and 345, in addition to completion of the general requirements for a major in psychology.