Psychology Major (B.S. Degree)
Department of Psychology

Degree Program Admission Requirements

The B.S. degree track with a major in psychology is designed as a pregraduate school track. The required courses are selected based on expected preparation for graduate programs. Entrance into this degree track is by admission only; the first step for interested students would be to take the required prerequisite courses (General Psychology I (PSY 1113), General Psychology II (PSY 1213), General Psychology Laboratory (PSY 1131), Statistical Methods (STAT 3143), and one developmental psychology course). These courses must be completed with no lower than a "B-" received in each one and with an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 in psychology. In addition, a student's cumulative GPA must be at least a 2.75. Students not meeting the minimum grade criteria stated above may appeal to have their status reviewed.

Once a student has reached sophomore standing and has completed the prerequisite courses, he or she may apply to be in the pregraduate school track. Applications may be found online or from a psychology advisor. A goals statement and an APA writing sample will be requested with the application. Two letters of recommendation are needed. One must be from a faculty member from the psychology department and one from a faculty member not in the psychology department. Applicants will be interviewed by pregraduate school screening. This committee's recommendation, based on all the above listed criteria (grades, goals statement, writing sample, recommendations, interview) will determine admission status into the B.S. degree program.

If a student falls below the minimum GPA (2.75, overall; 3.00, psychology) for two semesters, he or she will no longer be in the B.S. degree program. The student may be on probation for one semester, but if he or she does not regain the minimum grade point averages, he or she will revert to another degree track. The student may remediate by retaking courses and apply to be readmitted to the B.S. degree program.

Once a student is identified in the B.S. degree track, he or she should work closely with his or her advisor while making preparations for graduate programs. Most graduate school materials need to be sent to selected programs during the fall semester of the year before the student plans to enter a graduate program.

Major Course Requirements

For the B.S. degree in psychology, 45 credits are required in departmental courses including those listed below.

Courses   Credits
Introductory Courses   
PSY 1113 General Psychology I 3
PSY 1131 General Psychology Laboratory 1
PSY 1213 General Psychology II 3
Methodology Courses   
STAT 3143 Statistical Methods 3
PSY 3153 Research Design (Prerequisite: STAT 3143)  3
STAT 3243 Computer-Packaged Stats (Prerequisite: STAT 3143) 3
PSY 3161 Senior Thesis (Prerequisite: PSY 3153) 1
Core Content Courses   
PSY 3133 or
PSY 2173 or
PSY 4143
Human Development or
Psychology of Children and Youth or
Advanced Developmental Theories
PSY 3113 Social Psychology  3
PSY 3174 Physiological Psychology (with lab) 4
PSY 3193 Learning and Cognition 3
PSY 4153 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 4273 History and Systems 3
Integrative Courses   
PSY 4391-3 Practicum 1-3
PSY 4492 Senior Colloquium in Psychology 2
Electives (Chosen from any of the three areas listed below) 
Specialty Electives  
PSY 3203 Industrial / Organizational  
PSY 4113 Psychology of Religion  
PSY 3183 Psychological Testing  
PSY 4373 Special Topic: Psychology and Law  
PSY 4373 Special Topic: Sport Psychology  
PSY 3433 Death and Dying  
Clinical Electives   
PSY 4103 Abnormal Psychology  
PSY 4213 Principles of Counseling  
PSY 4263 Techniques of Counseling  
PSY 2353 Interviewing Techniques  
Basic Electives   
PSY 2102 Self-Concept Development  
PSY 1121 Careers in Psychology  

Nondepartmental Requirements (four of six areas required):
Literature or composition course
Mathematics course
Modern language
Natural science lab course
Philosophy course
Sociology course

Multidisciplinary Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree may also be obtained by following the multidisciplinary concentration with 60 credits in psychology and related courses. General Psychology I (PSY 1113), Senior Colloquium (PSY 4492) and 12 additional upper division credits are required as part of the 60 credits in a multidisciplinary concentration.